7 Aug

McGrath: School funding cut will narrow opportunity

SDLP Education Spokesperson Colin McGrath MLA said he was shocked to learn that funding under the entitlement framework is to be cut by almost half.

Mr McGrath met with the Permanent Secretary of the Department of Education last week to discuss pressures as a result of the failure to re-establish the institutions. (more…)

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3 Aug

Mervyn Storey meets Education Chiefs

North Antrim DUP MLA Mervyn Storey has meet with Education Chiefs to discuss a number of ongoing issues facing schools and in particular schools within the controlled sector.

The former Chair of the Northern Ireland Assembly Education Committee and Finance Minister was accompanied by the Chief Executive of the newly formed Controlled Schools Support Council, Mr Barry Mulholland. (more…)

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27 Jun

McGrath: Audit Office SEN report must be acted upon

SDLP Education Spokesperson Colin McGrath MLA has said that the findings of an Audit Office report into Special Educational Needs provision raises serious concerns and must be acted upon.

He said:
“It is a matter of deep concern that the Audit Office concluded that neither the Department of Education nor the Education Authority were able to demonstrate value for money in SEN provision. The support provided to children with SEN statements is invaluable to their development so it comes as a surprise that there has been no effective mechanism for evaluating that support. (more…)

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19 Jun

Our education system should be subject to a review, says Chris Lyttle

Northern Ireland’s education system should be subject to a systematic review to ensure we are providing the best experience for children, Alliance Education spokesperson Chris Lyttle has said.

Mr Lyttle said the recent move by 146 school principals to sign a letter calling for an immediate increase of seven per cent in school budgets showed how precarious the sector was. The letter was sent to Secretary of State James Brokenshire, education officials and the DUP and Sinn Fein. (more…)

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