18 Dec

New measures to support children with Special Educational Needs

DE Release:

A section of the Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) Act 2016 which requires the Education Authority to seek and have regard to the views of the child has come into operation today.

Education Minister, Peter Weir said: “I am committed to improving the current system of special educational provision and to support pupils with Special Educational Needs (SEN) to meet their full potential. (more…)

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16 Dec

The IEF welcomes the report submitted by the Children’s Law Centre to the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child

The integrated Education Fund (IEF) welcomes the publication of the Northern Ireland NGO Stakeholder Report submitted by the Children’s Law Centre to the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child’s ‘List of Issues Prior to Reporting. The report was drafted by Deena Haydon.

The ‘List of Issues Report’, compiled in partnership with stakeholders in Northern Ireland, seeks to inform questions posed to the UK government and NI Executive ahead of the next examination of the UK Government by the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child. (more…)

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15 Dec

Independent Review of Education

Education Minister Peter Weir has today announced his intention to establish an Independent Review of Education.

The Terms of Reference for the Review, which is an Executive commitment in New Decade, New Approach (NDNA) have been published today. (more…)

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11 Dec

The Integrated Education Fund welcomes the statement from the First Minister and DUP Leader, Arlene Foster

The Integrated Education Fund welcomes the statement from the First Minister and DUP Leader, Arlene Foster, that “2021 can be an opportunity to re-examine the past decisions that shaped Northern Ireland”.

The First Minister’s reference to Lord Londonderry’s early proposals to create a common education system is extremely important and welcome.

The IEF wholeheartedly agrees that 2021 is the time to re-start that debate – one that must include the opinions of everyone in our society. Evidence to date suggests that the majority of people want our children, irrespective of their religious or cultural backgrounds, educated together.

The statement can be viewed in full on the DUP website here: https://mydup.com/news/dup-leader-reflects-on-centenary-of-government-of-ireland-act

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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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