1 Oct

Education Minister welcomes launch of version 2.0 of ‘StopCOVID NI’ app extending use to 11-17 age group

DE Release:

A new version of the ‘StopCOVID NI’ app, inclusive of under 18s, has been welcomed by Education Minister Peter Weir.

The Department of Health app, which is available for download now, alerts close contacts of other users who have tested positive for the virus thus slowing the virus spread.

Although not intended exclusively for use in schools, Minister Weir has encouraged pupils and schools in its uptake.

In a letter sent to school principals, he called on schools to support the use of the app whilst acknowledging that successful uptake may require changes to schools’ existing mobile phone policies. (more…)

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29 Sep

Chief Inspector of Education Training Inspectorate appointed

DE Release:

Education Minister Peter Weir has welcomed the appointment of Mrs Faustina Graham to the post of Chief Inspector of the Education Training Inspectorate (ETI) in the Department of Education, following an open recruitment competition.

Mrs Graham brings a wealth of experience to the post having previously held the position of Assistant Chief Inspector within ETI. She has also worked in a range of policy roles in the Department including most recently shaping and developing policy in relation to Curriculum, Qualifications & Standards. (more…)

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23 Sep

Education Minister launches £11.2 million Engage programme

DE Release:

Details of a major programme aimed at addressing the impact of Covid-19 on children’s learning have been outlined by Education Minister, Peter Weir today.

The funding, agreed by the Executive in June 2020, will enable all primary and post primary schools to provide additional teaching support for pupils, particularly those from disadvantaged backgrounds. (more…)

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17 Sep

Glengormley High School teacher wins Award for Excellence in Special Needs Education

Glengormley High School teacher Lynn Kerr has won a Silver Award in the Pearson National Teaching Awards category ‘Excellence in Special Needs Education 2020’.

Mark Baker, Assistant Director of Education (Education Authority Northern Ireland), was in attendance to present this prestigious award.

Selected from thousands of nominations, Lynn is one of just 76 Silver Award winners across the United Kingdom. Lynn was honoured with the award for her outstanding commitment to changing the lives of the children she works with every day. (more…)

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16 Sep

Hazelwood Integrated College wins Award for Making a Difference

Hazelwood Integrated College has won a Silver Award in the Pearson National Teaching Awards category ‘Making a Difference – Secondary School of the Year 2020’

The Minister for Education, Mr Peter Weir, was in attendance to present the College with this prestigious award.

Selected from thousands of nominations, Hazelwood Integrated College is one of just 76 Silver Award winners across the country and was honoured with the award for their outstanding commitment to changing the lives of the children they work with every day. (more…)

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