5 Sep

Conservative-DUP deal: NI schools received £58m

Conservative-DUP deal: NI schools received £58mStormont’s Department of Education has received just over £58m since 2017 from the confidence-and-supply arrangement between the DUP and Conservatives.

The pact, agreed in June 2017, included a proposed extra £1bn in spending for Northern Ireland over two years.

The department has published an analysis of what was received and how it was spent.

With an annual budget of almost £2bn, education is one of the larger Stormont departments.

However, a number of recent studies have highlighted real-terms cuts and pressures faced by schools and other bodies in the education sector.


4 Sep

Spending plans sees £400m extra for Stormont budgets

Spending plans sees £400m extra for Stormont budgetsThe chancellor has said his spending plans for the coming year will mean an extra £400m for Stormont budgets.

Sajid Javid announced £13.8bn of extra day-to-day spending for public services across the UK.

Northern Ireland’s share of that pot is allocated through a mechanism known as the Barnett formula.

The Northern Ireland Office (NIO) said the extra cash equates to a real increase of about 2%.

Politicians at Stormont are supposed to decide how the extra funds are allocated. https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-northern-ireland-49583200

28 Aug

Three primary schools transfer from Catholic to multi-denominational patronage

Three primary schools transfer from Catholic to multi-denominational patronageA small south Kerry primary school is among three rural schools to make history by becoming the first to transfer from Catholic to multi-denominational patronage.

Scoil an Ghleanna, which has 14 pupils, will reopen on Thursday as a State-run Community National School.

While the Catholic Church has previously transferred a small number of empty school buildings to multi-denominational patronage under lease arrangements, this is the first time that an existing Catholic school will have made a ‘live’ transfer to multi-denominational status.

Scoil an Ghleanna is the first of three small Catholic rural schools that have decided to switch patronage in time for this coming academic year. https://www.rte.ie/news/2019/0827/1071103-patronage/

28 Aug

County Antrim Catholic school ‘boosted’ by integration plan

County Antrim Catholic school 'boosted' by integration planA County Antrim school has been boosted by plans to become the first Catholic primary school in Northern Ireland to change to integrated status.

Seaview Primary School in Glenarm is seeking integration due to a fall in numbers.

The plan, which is under consultation, was instigated by parents concerned about its future.

The popularity of the proposal prompted a 50% increase in enrolment for the school’s reopening on Wednesday.


28 Aug

Three Catholic schools the first in south to switch to integrated status

Three Catholic schools the first in south to switch to integrated statusThree rural primary schools in the Republic are taking the historic step of relinquishing their Catholic status to becoming multi-demoninational.

Scoil an Ghleanna and Tahilla National School, both in Co Kerry, along with Lecarrow School in Co Roscommon will reopen this week as state-run Community National Schools.

The schools, which have under 15 pupils each, have taken the decision in part to ensure their continued survival, according to a report by RTÉ News.

They will now provide a multi-belief and values programme, as opposed to a Catholic one.

Preparation for the sacraments, such as Communion and Confirmation, will take place outside school hours.

In Northern Ireland, of the 65 integrated schools, 25 `transformed’ from other sectors, none of which were in the Catholic sector.

Now two Catholic schools are trying to go through the process.


22 Aug

Rise in A*-C GCSE grades in Northern Ireland

Rise in A*-C GCSE grades in Northern IrelandThere has been a rise in the number of GCSE entries awarded A*-C grades in Northern Ireland.

The proportion of entries marked as A*-C has risen by 1.1% to 82.2% in 2019.

However, the number of top A* grades has fallen from 9.9% of entries last year to 7.7% in 2019. That is mainly down to the introduction of a new C* grade in Northern Ireland.

Thousands of pupils across Northern Ireland received their GCSE results on Thursday.


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