13 Oct

Teaching unions reject latest pay offer

The latest pay offer to teachers from the Department of Education NI has been rejected by unions.  Negotiations have been underway for a year.  The latest offer from the DE is a pay increase of 0% for 2015-16 and 1% for this academic year, 2016-17. (more…)

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20 Sep

Further opportunity to access £25million fund for Shared Education

Schools around Northern Ireland are being urged to take up an offer of funding to support their shared education activities.  

Education Minister Peter Weir has announced that he has extended the deadline to access the £25million for the Delivering Social Change Shared Education Signature Project.

The Programme has been extended to June 2019 and is designed to further embed shared education practices in schools that have already engaged in shared education. The scheme enables existing partnerships to continue and develop but also offers the chance to include additional partners or establish new relationships. (more…)

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14 Sep

McGrath: Education Minister must appear before Committee on transfer test policy reversal

SDLP Education Spokesperson Colin McGrath MLA has called on the Education Minister to appear before the Education Committee to answer questions on his unilateral decision to reverse departmental policy towards academic selection in primary schools. The Minister announced last week that official departmental guidance would now permit primary schools to coach pupils for transfer tests. Today the Education Committee extended a formal request to the Minister to appear before the committee to answer questions on the matter. (more…)

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12 Sep

Department of Education Permanent Secretary to retire

The Department of Education has announced that Permanent Secretary Paul Sweeney will retire at the end of 2016.

Paul Sweeney has served as Permanent Secretary in the Department of Education from February 2010, prior to that he was Permanent Secretary in the Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure from April 2006. (more…)

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