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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18 Nov

The IEF welcomes Report by the Independent Reporting Commission

The integrated Education Fund (IEF) welcomes the publication of the IRC Third Report by the Independent Reporting Commission.

Richard Lemon OBE, Chair of the IEF, said:
“I welcome the IRC’s recognition of the importance of a more integrated education system in Northern Ireland.

“Enabling children of different backgrounds to be educated together in the same classroom undoubtedly improves the likelihood of better community relations, both now and in the future.

“This report adds to the increasing support for a more normal education system for all communities across Northern Ireland.” (more…)

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17 Nov

Education Restart Wellbeing fund launched

DE Release:

A £5million fund to help educational settings support the mental health and wellbeing of children and young people has been launched today.

Education Minister Peter Weir set out details of the funding during a visit to St Columbanus College in Bangor. (more…)

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