13 Dec

Basic Statistics of Annual Enrolments at grant-aided schools 2017/18 published

The Department of Education has published a statistical release which details the basic provisional enrolment figures for schools and for children in funded pre-school education for 2018/19.

The data is taken from the school enrolments census which was conducted in October 2018.

Data collected through the school census exercise are used by the Department of Education (DE) to inform a wide range of policy areas, including finance allocations, school estate development and planning, special education, school improvement, area based planning, extended schools, additional educational needs, early years and integrated and Irish medium education. (more…)

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5 Dec

Margaret Kennedy

The Integrated Education Fund has heard with great sadness of the death of Margaret Kennedy, one of the founders of integrated education in Northern Ireland.  Margaret was crucial to the early days of the All Children Together (ACT) movement which led to the establishment of Lagan College, which opened in 1981.  She was a teacher herself and a committed member of the Church of Ireland – one of the earliest Protestants to join ACT.  She was active in many early meetings with the church hierarchy as ACT sought support for the 1978 Education Act, which enabled schools to transform to integrated ethos.  It was important to ACT that integrated schools were Christian in character and had pastoral support from clergy of all denominations. (more…)

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3 Dec

Home to School Transport Review

The Department of Education has announced a review of the current home to school transport policy.

The aim of the review is to ensure that home to school transport is fit for purpose and is sustainable over the long term.

In the region of 84,000 pupils are currently eligible for transport assistance which is around 26% of the school population.  The cost of home to school transport provision is approximately £81 million per year. The review will not consider home to school transport for children with a statement of special educational needs which specifies a special transport need. (more…)

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29 Nov

LIU Brooklyn Blackbirds Visit Hazelwood Integrated College

On Wednesday (28 November) there was great excitement at Hazelwood Integrated College in North Belfast when Year 8 students welcomed the LIU Brooklyn Blackbirds basketball team. Eight college teams from across the United States arrived in Belfast for the Basketball Hall of Fame Classic at the SSE Arena. Hazelwood IC were lucky enough to be selected as the link school for the Blackbirds. (more…)

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28 Nov

Education and Training has many positives, despite challenging times

Noelle Buick, Chief Inspector of the Education and Training Inspectorate (ETI) today launched her biennial report covering the period 2016-2018.

The report – Learning Lessons: Inspiring People: Putting Learners First – sets out the strengths identified as well as the key challenges facing education and training in Northern Ireland.

Speaking at the launch at Riddel Hall, Noelle said: “Education and training has many positives which should be celebrated.  There are many exceptional leaders, teachers, lecturers and youth workers who are inspirational and put learners’ needs first. As inspectors we pride ourselves on being an advocate for the learner.  Given the opportunity, we are able to promote improvement to ensure children and young people not only realise but surpass their potential.” (more…)

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