7 Feb

Education Minister opens anti-bullying young people’s forum

Pupils from 34 schools are taking part in the Anti-Bullying Young People’s Forum today in Parliament Buildings.

Throughout the day, the 15 to 19 year olds will form committees focussing on different issues relation to bullying. Each committee, which is being chaired by an MLA, will then hear from a range of witnesses with expertise and experience in the areas under discussion. (more…)

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6 Feb

US Consul General marks Rosa Parks Day with pupils

Elizabeth Kennedy Trudeau, US Consul General in Northern Ireland, met pupils at Harding Memorial Primary School in South East Belfast on Tuesday (04 February) to help mark Rosa Parks Day. Rosa Parks was an activist in the American civil rights movement known for her pivotal role in the Montgomery bus boycott. (more…)

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3 Feb

Steps to a new education system discussed

Discussions of divisions and inequalities in the NI education system are summarised in a new report published by the IEF.

Transforming Education: a Conversation looks at an event held at Stormont last year to introduce a UU UNESCO Centre research project to an invited audience of politicians, education bodies and civic organisations.

The UU team of academics is working to examine and illuminate issues which impact on the delivery of education in NI. The idea of the ‘Transforming Education’ project is to encourage wider debate about education and schools, and to consider how we might develop a common system of education. Topics are explored in accessible reports and the project is supported by the Community Foundation NI and the IEF. (more…)

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31 Jan

Consultation on proposed update to nutritional standards for school food

Department of Education release:

Consultation on proposed update to nutritional standards for school food

The Department of Education is seeking views on proposals to update the nutritional standards of food provided in grant-aided schools.

In 2007, the Nutritional Standards for School Lunches and Other Food and Drinks in Schools were developed in keeping with government guidance on healthy eating at that time. (more…)

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30 Jan

Integrated College Examples of Best Practice

Two integrated colleges – Malone IC in south-west Belfast and Hazelwood IC in north Belfast – are highlighted in a Department of Education study of best practice in supporting pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds.

A report of the study, entitled ‘Ten Features of Effective Schools’, has been published this week by the DE Tackling Educational Disadvantage team. It uses case studies from eight post-primary schools around NI. (more…)

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21 Jan

Pupils call for schools to act on mental health issues

Pupil representatives and staff from integrated schools joined politicians and the Integrated Education Fund at Stormont yesterday (Monday 20 January) to discuss the outcomes of a mental health conference for integrated schools. The conference last October brought together 154 people from integrated primary schools and colleges to consult on well-being in young people and on how to develop mental health support for pupils – and highlighted that the majority of young people there thought embarrassment would hold them back from seeking help. (more…)

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