9 Dec

The IEF welcomes Hate crime legislation independent review

The integrated Education Fund (IEF) welcomes the publication of the Hate crime legislation independent review. The author of the review is Judge Desmond Marrinan.

Desmond Marrinan was called to the Bar of Northern Ireland in 1972 and later to the Irish Bar. He specialised in EC law, criminal law and professional negligence litigation until appointment as a County Court judge in 2003.

He served as a County Court judge until 2018 dealing mostly with criminal trials in the Crown Court. He was the Recorder of Londonderry from 2008-2011 and continues to sit as a Deputy County Court judge and as a Parole Commissioner (more…)

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8 Dec

Appointment of Chairperson to the Board of the Education Authority

DE Release:

The Department of Education has announced the appointment of Mr Barry Mulholland to the post of Chairperson of the Board of the Education Authority with effect from 1 January 2021.

Mr Mulholland is currently the Chief Executive of the Controlled Schools’ Support Council (CSSC), the advocacy body set up in 2016 to provide comprehensive support to the controlled sector and its schools. He has successfully led the organisation during its formative years, developing its capacity and cultivating collaborative partnerships to help raise standards and enhance the quality of education provision in controlled schools. Mr Mulholland will be resigning from this position before taking up the post of Chairperson. (more…)

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7 Dec

Community division and student separation in Initial Teacher Education

The latest paper in the Ulster University series looking at the NI education system focuses on Community division and student separation in Initial Teacher Education.

The potential for the professional movement of teachers across the community divide in the NI school system has been identified as being affected by the convergence of four inter-related factors: the exception of teachers from Fair Employment legislation; the place afforded to religion within schools; the requirement for all teachers employed in Maintained primary schools to be in possession of an RE certificate that has been approved by the Catholic bishops; and the organisation of Initial Teacher Education (ITE). Ulster University’s Transforming Education project has already published papers exploring the first three of these; this paper explores the ways in which community division is reflected in, and impacts upon, the provision of ITE. (more…)

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23 Nov

Pre-school education in Northern Ireland

The latest paper in the Ulster University series looking at the NI education system focuses on the pre-school year just before starting primary school.

While pre-school attendance is not compulsory in Northern Ireland, it is seen as offering a smooth transition into primary school and has been developed so as to lead onto the Foundation Stage of the Northern Ireland Curriculum (Primary 1 and 2). The government’s commitment to provide a free pre-school year to every child whose family wants it resulted in 92% of all three-year-olds taking up a preschool place in 2018/19. (more…)

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