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Aontu Supports Irish Language Campaign

Aontú Education Spokesperson and Representative for East Derry, Gemma Brolly encourages the public to support the current campaign calling for urgent action to reverse damages to the place of Irish Language in English Medium Schools and pledges to fight for ‘cothrom na féinne’ for all aspiring linguists within our education system. “For centuries, the Irish […]

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WEIR ANNOUNCES DATES FOR CCEA 2021 EXAMINATION RESULTS

Education Minister Peter Weir has announced the dates for results of CCEA 2021 examinations. The Minister has today confirmed that students will receive CCEA AS and A level results on 10 August 2021 followed by the release of GCSE results on 12 August 2021. The Minister said: “Given the importance of A level results for […]

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SCHOOL MILK SCHEME SET TO CONTINUE

Almost 200,000 pupils in NI will be able to drink around 1,000,000 litres of subsidised milk for the next two years, Agriculture Minister Gordon Lyons has confirmed. The Minister made the comments to reassure schools, parents and pupils that his Department will continue to fund the School Milk Scheme until at least the end of […]

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PHASED RETURN OF PUPILS TO START IN MARCH

Pre-school, nursery and primary school pupils in P1 to P3 will return to full-time face-to-face teaching from 8 March 2021. Education Minister Peter Weir also said that students in years 12 to 14, who will be awarded qualifications this summer will return to full-time face-to-face teaching with effect from 22 March 2021. To enable the […]

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DODDS ANNOUNCES STUDENTS TO RECEIVE £500 COVID DISRUPTION PAYMENT

Almost 40,000 students studying in Northern Ireland will receive a £500 Covid Disruption Payment, Economy Minister Diane Dodds announced today. Every student from the UK or EU currently enrolled on a full-time higher education course in Northern Ireland will receive the one-off discretionary payment, which is in recognition of the disruption they have suffered as […]

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WEIR ANNOUNCES CHANGES TO SCHOOLS` REOPENING ARRANGEMENTS

Education Minister Peter Weir has announced revised plans for schools reopening after the Christmas break. This follows recent advice on the current situation of the epidemic, levels of transmission and numbers of cases.     From next Monday (4 January): Primary school pupils will be taught remotely until 11 January, after which they will attend school […]

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STATEMENT FROM THE EDUCATION MINISTER ON THE TRANSFER TEST

Education Minister Peter Weir MLA has urged all stakeholders to try to work together to make it a reality that children can sit the transfer test in their own primary school setting. Peter Weir said: “My Department facilitates the transfer of all pupils every year from primary to post primary, whether they choose to participate in […]

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NEW MEASURES TO SUPPORT CHILDREN WITH SPECIAL EDUCATIONAL NEEDS

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 […]

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WEIR OUTLINES PLANS TO END PERIOD POVERTY IN SCHOOLS

Education Minister, Peter Weir has announced that period products are to be made freely available to pupils in primary and secondary schools. The pilot is expected to cost £2.6 million, over 3 years, and will launch in all schools with female learners in the 2021/22 academic year. Education Minister, Peter Weir said: “I welcome today’s decision […]

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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. Speaking in the Assembly the Minister said: “The ‘New Decade, New Approach’ agreement sets out the requirement […]