21 Jun

Education officials should abandon ‘devastating’ cuts plan – Karen Mullan

Renewed plans to cut support for school meals and uniform grants are wrong and will have a devastating impact on some of the most vulnerable families in our society, Sinn Féin Education spokesperson Karen Mullan MLA has said.

Commenting ahead of a meeting with the education officials, the Foyle MLA said she has been informed that the Department of Education and the Education Authority (EA) plan to reduce both supports. (more…)

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11 Jun

Peter Weir calls for greater uptake of defibrillators in schools

Statement by Peter Weir DUP MLA for Strangford and Education Spokesman;

“There is no greater tragedy in our society than the preventable loss of young life. Automated External Defibrillators, which are effectively a local invention by Professor Frank Pantridge, have played a key role on a weekly basis in reducing the number of such tragedies, and we have seen the benefits of this recently, with interventions in the crucial minutes before an ambulance can get there often being the difference between life and death. Sadly, we have also witnessed too many tragedies in their absence. (more…)

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11 Jun

Kellie Armstrong calls for clarification on integrated education following survey

Alliance Integrated Education spokesperson Kellie Armstrong MLA has called for clarification on what is being done to address the shortfall in school places available to families who wish their children to have an integrated education.

Ms Armstrong was speaking after a survey commissioned by the Integrated Education Fund showed over 67 per cent of parents would support their child’s school becoming officially integrated, while 78 per cent said the merging of schools along cross-community lines was a good way to save money and rationalise the education system. (more…)

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23 Feb

McCrossan: Uncertainty threatens Shared Education Campus

SDLP West Tyrone MLA Daniel McCrossan has expressed serious concern that ongoing political uncertainty is threatening the future of Omagh’s Strule Shared Education Campus (SSEC).

Mr McCrossan said that correspondence from the Deputy Permanent Secretary at the Department of Education outlining that the procurement process is to be suspended as a result of further complications is extremely disappointing. (more…)

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