22 Jun

Integrated Education Bill progresses at Stormont

We would like to bring to your attention the incoming second reading of the Integrated Education Bill in Stormont.
Kellie Armstrong is an Alliance Party MLA and has drafted a Private Member’s Bill to go to the Assembly. The Integrated Education Bill’s main aim is to reduce the barriers to Integrated Education, placing a statutory duty on the Department of Education to ‘promote’ in addition to “encourage & facilitate”, as well as future proofing the provision of Integrated Education and providing support to governors, staff and parents.
It has reached the second stage of the legislative process, with the debate still to be scheduled. Kellie has asked that constituents with an interest in Integrated Education contact their representatives and express support for the Bill. MLA contact details can be found on www.writetothem.com. You can also show your support on social media by using #SupportIntegratedEducationBill

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16 Apr

Education Committee Chairperson Chris Lyttle MLA launches consultation to include teachers in fair employment legislation

Education Committee Chairperson Chris Lyttle MLA has launched a consultation into a proposed private member’s Bill to tackle the exclusion of teaching from fair employment legislation.

The Fair Employment and Treatment (NI) Order 1998 allows discrimination on the grounds of religious belief in the recruitment of teachers. The East Belfast MLA said he believed there was increasing agreement on it being unacceptable for teachers to be excluded from protections against religious discrimination in employment. (more…)

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10 Nov

Minister must ensure young people stay connected – Karen Mullan

Sinn Féin Release:

Sinn Féin MLA Karen Mullan has called on the Education Minister to expand access to appropriate IT equipment and the internet to ensure that children and young people can access support during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Foyle MLA said: “Access to appropriate IT equipment for our young people has been an ongoing issue since the beginning of this pandemic in March. (more…)

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10 Nov

Chris Lyttle asks why school restart funding not available to special schools

Alliance Release:

Alliance Education spokesperson Chris Lyttle MLA has asked the Education Minister why school restart funding is not available to special schools.

In a statement to the Assembly, the Education Minister Peter Weir referenced his ‘concern’ for pupils with complex and additional learning needs but the East Belfast MLA has asked why then the Minister’s Engage programme for school restarts does not apply to special schools. (more…)

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10 Nov

Daniel McCrossan: Weir should act to give students a break

SDLP Release:

SDLP Education Spokesperson, Daniel McCrossan MLA has urged Minister Weir to show some leadership, give students a break and cancel A Level and GCSE exams for 2021.

The West Tyrone MLA commented: “Today, the Welsh Government have announced they will cancel GSCE and A Level exams for 2021. Scotland have already made a similar decision. Yet here in Northern Ireland, Minister Weir has his head in the sand with his lack of contingency planning and leaving our young people to suffer.” (more…)

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27 Oct

Daniel McCrossan: Minister needs to get a hold of SEN crisis

SDLP Release:

Social Democratic and Labour Party Education Spokesperson Daniel McCrossan MLA has written to Education Minister Peter Weir urging him to get a grip on the crisis in Special Educational Needs that has led to distressing outcomes for parents and children during lockdown.

The West Tyrone MLA said that the experiences of parents and children must be heard and addressed as an immediate priority. (more…)

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