2 Oct

All party support for McAllister motion on Integrated Education

Alliance Councillor Nuala McAllister has said she is pleased Belfast City Council has agreed her motion congratulating the Northern Ireland Council for Integrated Education (NICIE) and the Integrated Education Fund (IEF) for the Nobel Peace Prize.

Councillor McAllister said: “It is tremendous news that NICIE and the IEF have been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize. This nomination is a recognition of the important work both organisations carry out to bring children together and help us to build a united community. (more…)

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30 Sep

Alliance release: Rachael Ferguson delighted at backing for integrated education motion

Alliance Derry and Strabane District Councillor Rachael Ferguson has said she is delighted after the Council unanimously passed a motion congratulating the Northern Ireland Council for Integrated Education (NICIE) and Integrated Education Fund (IEF) on being nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize.

The organisations were jointly nominated for the prestigious award, with the winner being announced next month. Councillor Ferguson’s motion was backed by all parties on the Council. (more…)

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18 Sep

Rosemary Barton reveals 562 schools now in a financial deficit position

It has been revealed to the Ulster Unionist Education Spokesperson, Rosemary Barton MLA, that there are now 562 schools across Northern Ireland in a deficit position.

After the Ulster Unionist Party wrote to the Education Authority, it has also been revealed that whilst the number of schools in financial deficit has more than doubled from 239 in 2015-16, the number in a surplus position has fallen from 785 in 2015-16 to just 451 in 2018-19.

Rosemary Barton, a former teacher for over 30 years, said:

“This is the first time in Northern Ireland that there have been more schools in deficit than in surplus. This is an incredibly perilous situation and I fear that with the combined deficits now totalling a shocking £62.6m, the Education Authority has lost control of the situation. (more…)

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3 Sep

Colin McGrath: Urgent investigation required after SEN whistleblower claims

SDLP Children and Young People Spokesperson Colin McGrath MLA has said that the Education Authority must begin an urgent and robust investigation into claims that information relating to children with Special Educational Needs was deliberately mismanaged.

He said:
“The claims made by a whistleblower this morning are incredible and, if true, are a damning indictment of those responsible for ensuring that children with special educational needs receive the support they need. (more…)

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