11 Jun

Brefne becomes first standalone Nursery School to Transformation to Integrated Status

The Integrated Education Fund (IEF) in Northern Ireland has welcomed the announcement that Brefne Nursery School in north Belfast will become the first standalone nursery school to transform to integrated status here. The transformation will complete in September 2021, making the school the fourth to be approved to transform to integrated status in four months. The move represents the largest growth in integrated education through the school transformation process in over three decades.  (more…)

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17 May

Peter Weir outlines plans for exams and assessments in 2021/22

DE Release:

Education Minister, Peter Weir has announced a return to public examinations during the next academic year.

Young people will, however, have fewer examinations in 2022 and there will be significant reductions in assessment across the range of CCEA qualifications.

Speaking in the Assembly, Peter Weir said: “I am pleased today to bring forward a clear plan for qualifications in 2022, in advance of the start of the next academic year. I hope this timely announcement and the comprehensive package of measures I have put in place will provide school leaders, teachers, parents and, most importantly, young people with the clarity and reassurance they need. (more…)

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12 May

Education Minister launches £13millon fleet of new school buses

DE Release:

Education Minister Peter Weir has launched a fleet of new high specification school buses at Lagan College.

The investment of £13million will see 116 new school buses on the road this month which will transport 3,500 pupils to mainstream and special schools across Northern Ireland. A further £18million will be invested over the coming year. (more…)

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