24 Mar

Transforming Education in Northern Ireland – Briefing Papers Collection

The University of Ulster, School of Education, UNESCO Centre held an online event to launch the ‘Transforming Education in Northern Ireland – Briefing Papers Collection’. The event was attended by representatives of many of Northern Ireland’s leading educational stakeholders as well as business and civic leaders.

The ‘Transforming Education in Northern Ireland – Collection’ brings together twelve Briefing Papers that explore the obstacles and challenges which impact upon the delivery of education in Northern Ireland. Links to all of these individual papers as well as ‘Transforming Education in Northern Ireland – Briefing Papers Collection’ are available below. (more…)

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15 Mar

First Catholic School to Transform to Integrated Status

Education Minister, Peter Weir, has approved a development proposal that will make Seaview Primary School, Glenarm, the first ever Catholic school to transform to integrated status.

Welcoming the news, Tina Merron, CEO of IEF, said:
“This is a great day for the parents, pupils and the wider school community who have campaigned for a number of years to have an integrated primary school in their village.

Seaview took the first steps to become integrated with a parental vote that showed 95% support for the school to go through the process termed “transformation” and so become officially integrated. The Minister’s decision to approve the Seaview development proposal may provide some optimism for schools still waiting on the Minister’s decision.”

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12 Mar

Youngest pupils to remain in school until Easter holidays

DE Release:

Pre-school, nursery and primary schools pupils in P1 to P3 will remain in school until the start of the Easter break.

The decision, which was agreed by the Executive today, means that the youngest pupils will continue with face-to-face teaching for the remainder of this term.

Decisions on the timing for the return of other primary and post-primary pupils will be considered next Tuesday as part of an overall review of the current restrictions. (more…)

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5 Mar

Appointment of new member to the Council for the Curriculum, Examinations and Assessment

DE Release:

The Minister of Education has announced the appointment of a new member to the Board of the Council for the Curriculum, Examinations and Assessment (CCEA), to fill a further vacancy following the recent public appointments competition.

Speaking today, Education Minister, Peter Weir said “I am very pleased to appoint a new member to the Council. The wealth of knowledge and expertise Ms Corrigan will bring to the Council will no doubt prove invaluable.” (more…)

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1 Mar

Independent Review of Education Requires an Independent Chair

The Integrated Education Fund welcomes the Education Minister’s announcement of the recruitment process for the Chair of the Independent Review of Education.

We believe this independent review presents a once in a lifetime opportunity to bring change to our broken, anachronistic system, our children, parents and teachers deserve it. (more…)

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