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30 March 2017

Co Limerick and Co Antrim students named All-Ireland Youth Volunteers of the Year

Students honoured at 2017 Pramerica Spirit of Community Awards gala ...

06 February 2017

Ireland’s Top Youth Volunteers Announced

Pramerica Spirit of Community Awards finalists 2017 announced...

09 January 2017

GTCNI opens Regulation Consultation

Regulation consultation seeks views of teachers and educationalists...

19 October 2016

Recognising young volunteers

The closing date for the Pramerica Spirit of the Community Award is Fri 21st October ...

06 May 2016

INVEST LIVE VISIT

Drop-In session...

21 March 2016

Belfast Tempest

400th Anniversary of Shakespeare's death leads to Tempest production...

16 February 2016

CPD Project - Literacy & Numeracy - KS2/KS3

The KS2/KS3 Project has been embraced by all school sectors in Northern Ireland...

19 January 2016

Global Learning Programme

GLP...

12 August 2015

One Day To Make A Difference

niedcamp...

17 December 2014

Education cuts place an impossible burden

GTCNI warns of a major impact of the education cuts on the future of Northern Ireland...

10 November 2014

TeachMeet North Coast - 21st November

TeachMeet North Coast 21st Nov at UUC - Register now...

22 September 2014

BT Young Scientist Call for entries

Closing deadline 1st October 2014 approaching...

09 September 2014

Entries open for Year 13 essay competition

Year 13 pupils are invited to submit an original essay to win a prize ...

01 July 2014

BASE Autism Awareness Survey

Teachers encouraged to take part in a short online survey on Autism Awareness...

14 May 2014

Spotlight for Teachers at the Lyric

A Master Class for Teachers of English & Drama at the Lyric...

12 May 2014

ASD research - QUB needs your views

The BASE project at QUB need your views on support services ...

23 October 2013

The Teaching Profession speaks out

A GTCNI report entitled ‘Striking the Right Balance’ calls for changes to Inspection & School Improvement ...

22 October 2013

GTCNI abhorred by recent bomb attack at special needs school

GTCNI conveys its shock and abhorrence at the recent attack at Ceara Special School...

17 October 2013

School Inspection & Improvement Survey Launched

The GTCNI survey into School Inspection & Improvement is now live - have your say...

10 October 2013

GTCNI Corporate Plan 2013/2016

Corporate Plan 2013/2016...

01 October 2013

Pramerica 2014 - CALL for Entries

Nominate a student now for the all island volunteer 'Spirit of the Community' Award ...

16 September 2013

Lessons on Assessment to be learned?

GTCNI survey reveals that the newly introduced school assessment is not considered useful or manageable...

16 September 2013

Royal Society workshop invitation

Teachers of maths and science are invited to a Royal Society workshop, 9th October 4.30-8pm at W5 ...

22 January 2013

School closures in Northern Ireland

full list of schools closed ...

22 January 2013

Twenty two school building projects to proceed

Twenty two school building projects will proceed as part of a £220million investment ...

16 January 2013

Raising leaving age in 1970s 'improved children's GCSEs'

Raising the school leaving age in the 1970s is still having a positive effect a generation later...

11 December 2012

International Study rates NI 5th out of 45 countries

The findings from 2 major studies (PIRLS and TIMSS) were released today...

05 December 2012

John O’Dowd has congratulated local teacher David Young

a teacher at Limavady High School won first prize at Microsoft Forum in Prague...

05 December 2012

'Learning to Learn – A Framework for Early Years Education and Learning’unveiled

John O’Dowd has outlined the future of early years education and learning...

19 November 2012

Anti-Bullying Week

Are you ready to Beat Bullying this year?...

07 November 2012

School leaders have a vital role to play in raising standards – O’Dowd

I will strengthen the role of GTCNI to support teachers and principals and uphold standards...

06 November 2012

FILMCLUB - education charity

FILMCLUB...

06 November 2012

O'Dowd unveils sanctions on poor teaching

Mr O'Dowd he plans to give greater legal powers to GTCNI to deal with poor performance...

06 November 2012

Putting Pupils First: Improving outcomes; creating opportunity

The Minister announced today "I propose to bring legislation to strengthen the role of the General Teaching Council" ...

06 November 2012

Schools connect to world multi-sports events

World Police and Fire Games...

16 October 2012

Climate Week challenge

Climate Week challenge...

17 September 2012

Education Works

New advertising campaign designed to support raising standards agenda...

21 August 2012

Microsoft Partners in Learning

Northern Ireland Schools “tell their story”...

23 July 2012

RTU Summer School 2012

Summer School information...

13 June 2012

Incredible Years Programme for Parents

Incredible Years Programme...

14 May 2012

ATL Annual Conference 2012

ATL Annual Conference 2012...

07 February 2012

Northern Ireland Assembly Art Competition

Let your pupils’ imagination run wild!...

11 April 2011

Northern Ireland and Republic of Ireland teachers win in Moscow

Christine Murphy-Gardner from Ballyclare High School is one of top 12 teachers at this year’s Microsoft European Innovative Education Forum ...

06 April 2011

The people have spoken but are the politicians listening?

Integrated education poll is a message the next Executive must heed - says Tina Merron ...

05 April 2011

New ETI Chief Inspector

Ms Noelle Buick has been appointed as the new Chief Inspector for ETI...

29 March 2011

BBC survey reveals snapshot of UK schoolchildren

survey of more than 24,000 children aged 11 to 16 gives a unique insight ...

29 March 2011

Michael Gove unveils cutprice replacement for EMAs

Education Secretary has announced a more generous than expected replacement for the education maintenance allowance...

22 March 2011

‘Shocking’ levels of failure among Protestant teens

Protestant teenagers growing up in working-class areas of Northern Ireland are under-|performing ...

22 March 2011

JP McManus Student Scholarships

Danny Kennedy and Caitríona Ruane, have launched this year’s All Ireland Scholarships Scheme ...

16 March 2011

Stop dithering on tuition fees

University chief’s plea to Assembly...

15 March 2011

Education Minister welcomes contract

a £31million capital contract signed to provide new buildings for two schools...

14 March 2011

Coleraine student, first woman to win 'Young Scientist'

Hannah Eastwood, 18, from Loreto College, in Coleraine has won the UK Young Scientist ...

10 March 2011

Hutton bombshell

The Hutton Commission into Public Sector Pensions, published this morning...

09 March 2011

Unis 'must recruit poorer students'

The UK's most selective universities will be expected to double the amount they spend on recruiting disadvantaged students ...

21 February 2011

Literacy campaigners attack phonics-based teaching plan

Teaching of non-words in England's primary schools set to spread ...

16 February 2011

Inspiring young minds through schools trips

teachers cannot afford to neglect this vital part of education ...

15 February 2011

Scientists call for Baccalaureate at A-level

The Royal Society says the standard three choices at A-level limits the number of students applying for science degrees...

09 February 2011

Pre-school pupils are still better readers aged 15

The OECD has published an analysis of tests taken by pupils in developed countries ...

07 February 2011

Music 'can boost wider learning'

Learning a musical instrument at primary school can boost a child's confidence ...

02 February 2011

Education Minister launches strategic forum

Caitríona Ruane, has launched a new forum to shape and influence policy and strategic planning...

26 January 2011

DE has published a consultation paper

An Equality Impact Assessment of a proposal on discontinuing funding for teacher substitute cover re the transfer procedure ...

25 January 2011

Primary schools used as 'cannon fodder' according to SDLP MLA

Dominic Bradley was speaking in support of a DUP-sponsored debate on post-primary transfer...

25 January 2011

Research Report On Teaching And Learning Welcomed

Danny Kennedy, has welcomed a report which reviews the outcomes of a major UK research programme into learning...

17 January 2011

Teaching the teachers a lesson – social media in the classroom

New book series explores how social networking sites are changing the face of higher education...

12 January 2011

Will our politicians learn a lesson from teachers' survey?

Half of Northern Ireland's teachers have suffered physical or verbal abuse in the classroom. ...

10 January 2011

Kennedy commends student satisfaction at St Mary's

Employment and Learning Minister, Danny Kennedy, has praised the performance of St. Mary’s ...

21 December 2010

Schools 'should make up missed snow days'

Children should be able to make up the days lost due to icy weather...

20 December 2010

QUB School of Education newsletter

Read the QUB Education newsletter winter edition ...

18 December 2010

The Microsoft Innovative Teacher Winner Announced

Christine Murphy-Gardner (Ballyclare HS) will be representing NI in Moscow, March 2011 ...

14 December 2010

Tuition fees could be frozen for NI students

A new scheme means tuition fees could stay the same...

07 December 2010

Early Years Consultation Extended

The draft Early Years (0-6) Strategy consultation by DE has been extended to 31 January 2011...

07 December 2010

E-Learning UK Post Primary School of the Year 2010

St Mary's have been awarded the E-learning UK post primary school of the year...

30 November 2010

Catholic schools review on track

A report will soon be published to set out the potential next steps for the Catholic school estate ...

22 November 2010

Row erupts over DUP’s ‘U-turn on selection’

Caitriona Ruane has challenged Peter Robinson to “come clean” on his views on academic selection ...

16 November 2010

Assembly Education Committee hosts event to scrutinise early years policy

The event takes place at Parliament Buildings at 7pm on Wednesday 17 November 2010...

16 November 2010

Kids mental health in focus

Stormont Health Minister Michael McGimpsey saw at first hand the new 'Roots of Empathy' programme ...

10 November 2010

Ideas sought to improve education for Protestant working class boys

Independent Assembly Member Dawn Purvis has launched a public consultation ...

09 November 2010

Two into one will go: it's the way to better schools

We need an independent commission to rationalise our divided education system, says Noreen Campbell ...

08 November 2010

Education for all

John D’Arcy has taken up the role as Director of the Open University in Ireland ...

02 November 2010

Next generation learning

David Stinson of Sullivan upper school has won the BECTA award for next generation learning ...

28 October 2010

Major North-South teacher conference opened in Belfast

a conference focusing on an increasingly diverse school learning community opened in Belfast today...

25 October 2010

Organisations invest £3.5 for shared education classes

Two organisations are to spend £3.5m to help schools in the Catholic and state sectors share classes...

25 October 2010

University fees will be capped

Vince Cable (Business Secretary) comments on tuition fees ...

20 October 2010

72,000 empty desks

The number of surplus places in Northern Ireland's schools could be as high as 72,000 ...

18 October 2010

recognise the 'right of parents to opt for faith school'

A clash between Stormont's First Minister and the Catholic Church hierarchy was signalled yesterday ...

13 October 2010

Education Minister welcomes improvements in education

The biennial report from the Chief Inspector has been unveiled ...

13 October 2010

Magical Maths

Pupils across the north of Ireland have learned the mathematical secrets behind magic at Maths Week ...

12 October 2010

Empey considers findings of Browne Review

The future of higher education funding is reviewed...

11 October 2010

Resources needed for 'underachieving children'

Stormont ministers are being urged to commit extra resources ...

08 October 2010

Transfer test must be fair to all children

Report reveals "We need to agree a single transfer system" ...

05 October 2010

WORLD TEACHERS’ DAY 5TH OCTOBER

World Teachers'Day pays homage to all teachers ...

04 October 2010

Ofqual to investigate examination marking problem

Ofqual is to launch an inquiry into the marking by AQA ...

29 September 2010

Male teachers absent from 244 primary schools

Only 15% of teachers employed at primary schools at the start of the academic year are men...

28 September 2010

Children speak out on Transfer

Landmark report launched on pupil’s experience’s of transferring to Post-Primary School...

28 September 2010

'Recovery begins with Teachers'

World Teachers Day is being celebrated on 5th October...

20 September 2010

Plea to schools over Anti-Bullying Week

Schools across Northern Ireland have been urged to register for Anti-Bullying Week ...

15 September 2010

School library 'lost opportunity'

A report from the School Library Commission says too often libraries are a "wasted resource" ...

14 September 2010

Ofsted says schools using special needs too widely

Thousands of pupils are being wrongly labelled claims Ofsted...

13 September 2010

Cuts to education risk going too far

The latest revelation about the possible loss of up to 2,000 jobs in education system ...

09 September 2010

University Tables

UK falls behind in the percentage of graduates it produces...

08 September 2010

‘Lack of vision’ for special needs

Northern Ireland’s education boards need to work more closely together according to a new report ...

01 September 2010

ATL's Andy Brown seeks more joint working between schools

The incoming president of ATL is calling on more partnership working between schools...

31 August 2010

Ofqual appointed to investigate Chemistry A level result

Ofqual is to investigate how incorrect grades were advised to Chemistry A level students...

31 August 2010

Schools Inspectors promote self-evaluation to raise standards

The ETI has updated ‘Together Towards Improvement’...

19 August 2010

Northern Ireland A-level stars shine brightest

A-level students from Northern Ireland have outperformed their counterparts ...

18 August 2010

Fairness for every candidate at A-level

Ofqual reassures A-level candidates grades will be fair...

16 August 2010

Boys expected to gain more top A-levels

Boys could score more elite A* grades than girls in this year's A-level exams...

16 August 2010

New Scottish Curriculum for Excellence takes effect

A controversial overhaul of classroom teaching in Scotland will take effect ...

11 August 2010

a parenting GCSE could tackle 'toerag parents'

Parenting skills should be taught in schools to address a "vicious downward spiral" of broken families in the UK...

09 August 2010

Out with the Bathwater? towards a rational vetting and barring system

This Report is published in response to the announcement that the Vetting and Barring Scheme would be reviewed...

03 August 2010

Department cuts details revealed

NI's health and education departments are to escape spending cuts of about £45m...

03 August 2010

No Sarah's law for NI

Legislation allowing parents to check up on paedophiles in their area will not be introduced across Northern Ireland...

02 August 2010

Special education event at Queen's University

Prof Tony Gallager has called for an urgent decision on the way forward for the provision of special education ...

28 July 2010

Local school absenteeism at crisis point

School absenteeism rates have reached such "chronic" levels in some County Down areas ...

26 July 2010

Holywood Bids For £12M School Scheme

A major school rebuilding plan in North Down has reached a crucial stage...

21 July 2010

Developing teachers is only way to reform

Structural sideshow is distracting the coalition Government from what the chalkface really needs ...

21 July 2010

School buildings 'not fit' for learning, say teachers

Some 26% of teachers do not think their school buildings are an effective learning environment...

19 July 2010

Inspections can be a very powerful catalyst for improvement

Mr Goudie was speaking after publication of an ETI report on follow-up inspections ...

07 July 2010

Primary schools 'need specialist science teachers'

Primary schools do not have enough specialist teachers...

05 July 2010

Department of Education publishes new Transfer guidance

The Department of Education has published new Transfer guidance for admissions to post-primary schools...

05 July 2010

NI Ministers Launch Review Of Teacher Education

Caitríona Ruane and Sir Reg Empey have launched a joint consultation on the review of teacher education...

29 June 2010

School buildings future 'bleak'

Education Minister Caitriona Ruane said the future for new school buildings is bleak, unless she gets extra money...

28 June 2010

NI school starting age 'could rise to six years old'

The Department of Education in Northern Ireland is considering raising the school starting age to six years old in line with most of Europe...

28 June 2010

Teachers give bosses poor grade

NI's 5 education boards need to do more to help gifted children and stop anti-social behaviour among pupils, according to a survey of schools...

23 June 2010

Education Minister meets with principals to discuss post primary education

Education Minister, Caitríona Ruane, has met around 200 post-primary principals to discuss the future of post-primary education...

22 June 2010

Safeguarding Board Bill passes second stage

The creation of the Safeguarding Board for Northern Ireland (SBNI) Bill passed its second stage in the Assembly...

15 June 2010

Sir Roger Singleton’s report on the Vetting and Barring Scheme

Ed Balls reports on the response to the report 'Drawing the Line'. ...

09 June 2010

Why should we care?

Why should anyone in the UK care about how another country runs its schools and universities?...

08 June 2010

Education Governor of the Year Award

Caitríona Ruane, has presented the DE Governor of the Year Award at the Regional Teaching Awards Ceremony 2010 in the Waterfront Hall, Belfast...

02 June 2010

Ruane reveals plans to axe 221 teaching jobs

Over 220 teaching posts will be axed in Northern Ireland this year ...

01 June 2010

P7 pupils left in limbo by transfer confusion

23,300 schoolchildren across the province received letters to find out which school they will transfer to ...

25 May 2010

Decision time for Northern Ministers on £128m in cuts

Stormont Executive Ministers will meet on Thursday to find £128 million in public spending ...

25 May 2010

Quality and Choice are the Key to Success

Caitríona Ruane has discussed the Entitlement Framework with around 200 Principals at a conference ...

19 May 2010

Education Minister addresses Assembly on Convergence

Caitríona Ruane, has addressed the Assembly during a debate on the Convergence Delivery Plans...

18 May 2010

Data gap on NI newcomer children

The NI Commissioner for Children and Young People has warned that the government needs accurate data on vulnerable children coming to NI...

17 May 2010

Young carers 'bullied at school'

Two-thirds of young carers are bullied at school, according to a new study...

12 May 2010

Why has Eton produced so many prime ministers?

David Cameron has become the 19th prime minister of Great Britain to have attended Eton College ...

10 May 2010

The Importance Of Early Years Educational Provision

Mr Goudie was speaking as the Education and Training Inspectorate published its latest report ...

04 May 2010

Northern Ireland parties inch towards an agreed transfer solution

Four of Northern Ireland’s main political parties are on the brink of agreeing a way to solve the school transfer row ...

27 April 2010

'GCSEs: why bother?' asks education expert

a leading exam expert has asked: why bother? ...

22 April 2010

Education Minister announces 2010-11 budgets

Education Minister, Caitríona Ruane, has announced budget allocations for education services for 2010-11...

13 April 2010

Ballots 'fairest' for school places

All over-subscribed secondary schools should choose new pupils by ballot ...

02 April 2010

Injured teachers awarded millions

Teachers were awarded millions in compensation last year for accidents or injuries at school ...

29 March 2010

2 All-Ireland Youth Volunteers named

The 4th Annual Pramerica Spirit of the Community Awards announce the winners...

29 March 2010

Innovative Schools Programme Launch

an invitation to the formal launch of the NI programme on 20th April 2010, Stranmillis Campus ...

24 March 2010

Catholic education plan could close Derry schools

New plans set out by the Commission for Catholic Education could mean school closures...

24 March 2010

Northern Ireland schools open to 'legal challenge'

The Department of Education has been criticised over guidance on selection ...

19 March 2010

Funding crisis a ‘threat to future of Ulster schools’

The worst education funding crisis in a generation is threatening the future of schools, it has been claimed ...

13 March 2010

Major investment reshapes the educational landscape

Education Minister has said over £500 million has been invested in new schools. ...

08 March 2010

Reported attacks on teachers soar

The number of school suspensions after attacks on teachers in Northern Ireland more than doubled in two years...

22 February 2010

Former test chief hits out at academic selection

The man who oversaw the setting and marking of the 11-plus, now voices his opposition ...

17 February 2010

Minister congratulates Head Teachers of the future

Caitríona Ruane, has congratulated over 200 Graduates on achieving their headship qualification...

16 February 2010

Innovative Teachers Competition Winners

Winners of the Innovative Teachers Competition are on their way to Berlin...

16 February 2010

No return to testing of children – Ruane

Caitríona Ruane, has said there will be no more state sponsored testing of 10 year old children...

15 February 2010

Language skills 'lag a year behind in poorest children'

Children from the poorest homes are almost a year behind middle class pupils in language skills ...

08 February 2010

Parents set to consult schools on exam results

The parents of children who took 11-plus replacement tests will this week consult with primary schools about the next stage ...

03 February 2010

School experts to advise political parties on crisis

Four of the main political parties will be presented with possible interim school transfer arrangements by Easter ...

02 February 2010

Education can open many doors

Caitríona Ruane, has said young people who get the most from education are giving themselves a maximum advantage ...

26 January 2010

Fear of maths among teachers damages pupils

Female teachers with “maths anxiety” are fuelling the stereotype that boys are better than girls at the subject...

25 January 2010

ICT in Skills and Education Seminar

A seminar on ICT in Skills and Education is being held on Tues 2nd March 2010 ...

18 January 2010

Universities award record number of firsts

A record one-in-seven students graduated from university with a first-class degree last year...

12 January 2010

Only one in 100 pupils' packed lunches meets basic dietary standards

The drive to improve nutrition in schools is failing ...

06 January 2010

Membership of Education and Library Boards

Selection and appointment processes are underway to appoint members to the Education and Library Boards ...

06 January 2010

Rise in number of children with language problems

Some Ulster schoolchildren have such a limited vocabulary that teachers struggle to communicate with them...

04 January 2010

One in six children have problems talking

Almost one in six children have problems learning to talk ...

09 December 2009

New education authority costs £7m

The new NI Education and Skills Authority (ESA) has cost £7m of public money despite not officially existing...

09 December 2009

Online safety lessons for five-year-olds

School pupils as young as five will be taught how to stay safe on the internet...

01 December 2009

Ruane puts Transitional Governance Arrangements in Place for Education

Education Minister, has told the Assembly that work to establish the new Education and Skills Authority must and will continue...

23 November 2009

Pupils sit new tests for transfer

Thousands of 10 and 11-year-olds seeking places at Catholic grammar schools have become the first to sit entirely multiple-choice tests ...

23 November 2009

School trials texting system to keep parents informed

Holy Trinity College in Cookstown is trialling a text message system to help it better communicate with parents...

17 November 2009

Focus on Catholic grammars

Thousands of primary school children will this week sit the first ever entirely multiple-choice 11-plus test...

16 November 2009

Campaign aims to stop bullying on way to school

Today marks the start of this year’s Anti-Bullying Week...

16 November 2009

Thousands sit breakaway tests

Thousands of 10 and 11-year-olds have become the first group to sit new independent grammar school entrance exams...

11 November 2009

Grammars told to iron out admission criteria

Grammar schools have been told to iron out flaws in the way they plan to admit children in the post- 11-plus era...

10 November 2009

Cross-community initiative to promote shared education

Almost 2,000 children in schools in counties Derry and Antrim are to benefit from sharing in education...

10 November 2009

Grammars set for new transfer tests

Grammar schools are making final preparations for new entrance tests starting this week...

04 November 2009

CEA scores to determine up to 90 per cent of grammar entries

Grammar schools will award up to 90 per cent of places to pupils with the best scores in unofficial 11-plus-style exams...

03 November 2009

Education Minister rejects calls to enter talks on transfer issue

Education Minister Caitriona Ruane has rejected calls to join cross-party talks on school transfer tests ...

26 October 2009

Funding boost for Ballyclare Secondary School

Margaret Ritchie, MLA today announced a funding boost for Ballyclare Secondary School...

26 October 2009

Teacher gets award for her special needs work

A teacher from Northern Ireland received an award last night at a ceremony in London. ...

14 October 2009

11-plus debate resolution proposal

Politicians should step back and allow educators to find a solution to the 11-plus crisis, the SDLP has urged...

14 October 2009

Schools Question Time challenge

Students aged 14-18 have the chance to win a place working alongside David Dimbleby and the BBC to produce a special youth edition of Question Time...

07 October 2009

Politicians forced to postpone talks on ending school transfer logjam

Despite agreeing last week to take part in joint talks on school transfer, politicians have been forced to postpone a meeting ...

06 October 2009

A-level exams 'should be earlier'

A-level exams could be sat earlier to ease concerns over the annual scramble for university places...

05 October 2009

Joint Message on the Occasion of World Teachers’ Day

Each year on 5 October we celebrate teachers for their invaluable contribution in shaping effective education systems...

29 September 2009

Few primary schools plan transfer tests

Fewer primary school pupils will take transfer tests this autumn ...

28 September 2009

‘Children benefit’ if more older teaching staff retire

Teachers have admitted that retaining older staff in the classroom at the expense of new graduates can impact adversely on the quality of children’s learning...

28 September 2009

Two teachers' unions set to merge

Two of Northern Ireland's main teachers' unions have established formal links for the first time ...

15 September 2009

Caitriona Ruane refuses to do U-turn on selection

Caitriona Ruane today pledged to plough ahead with plans to get rid of academic selection ...

15 September 2009

Vetting contact rule under review

The government is to look again at how a new vetting system for those working with children will operate. ...

07 September 2009

The format of AQE & GL tests

The format of the tests in November and December is revealed...

07 September 2009

The toughest test: schoolchildren facing uncertain future

thousands of our schoolchildren face an uncertain future...

01 September 2009

Thousands of P7s back to school in transfer limbo

Thousands of primary seven children return to school today facing the prospect of being the first group of pupils to face the chaos of multiple transfer tests...

27 August 2009

Minister appoints Chair Designate to Education and Skills Authority

Education Minister Caitríona Ruane has appointed Mr Seán Hogan Chairperson (Designate) of the new Education and Skills Authority (ESA)...

11 August 2009

Boards agree to move GCSE results day to avoid chaos

Exam boards have agreed to move forward GCSE results day in 2010 to avoid a repeat of problems caused by this year’s late release. ...

10 August 2009

Every School a Good School: The Way Forward for Special Educational Needs and Inclusion

Education Minster, Caitríona Ruane, has launched a 12 week consultation on the Department of Education’s Review of Special Educational Needs and Inclusion. ...

10 August 2009

GCSE delay threatens chaos

A delay in the release of this month’s GCSE results is threatening to plunge schools into chaos ahead of the new term. ...

05 August 2009

Pupils may move to get preparation for grammar tests

Many parents across Northern Ireland will move their children to a different primary school at the start of the new term if their teachers refuse to prepare them for new grammar tests...

29 July 2009

Fast-track teachers still needed

Some of the 40 available places for a fast-track teacher trainee scheme in England this year are yet to be filled...

28 July 2009

Concerns as old-style fun and games taken out of childhood

New research has found that youngsters today are missing out on the rough and tumble of outdoor games ...

22 July 2009

Schools won’t be shut to stop swine flu spreading

There are no plans to implement a blanket closure of schools across Northern Ireland in September ...

21 July 2009

Fire-attacked school plans temporary move

A plan has been agreed that allows a primary school destroyed in a weekend arson attack to resume operations ...

20 July 2009

Board meets after school arson

Much of Whitehouse Primary School on the Doagh Road, Newtownabbey, was destroyed in the blaze on Saturday...

07 July 2009

P7 pupils ‘guinea pigs’ for new tests

New grammar school entrance tests will not be trialled before going live...

06 July 2009

Scramble grows for private tuition

Demand for private tutoring for primary school pupils is likely to grow ...

01 July 2009

Minister outlines transfer proposals

Caitriona Ruane yesterday told assembly members exactly how she plans for children to transfer to post-primary schools from next year. ...

30 June 2009

New schools guidelines lack executive backing

Details of the criteria schools will be asked to use for transfer in 2010 were yesterday published by the Department of Education ...

29 June 2009

Parents confused by transfer

Parents across Northern Ireland are confused and stressed about the unregulated school transfer system ...

24 June 2009

Derry school recognised by Lord Mayor at civic reception

St Brigid's College, Derry will be honoured this week at the Guildhall by the Lord Mayor, for its achievements in European school linking...

24 June 2009

School’s out but new term will bring new test for P7s

As schools break up for the holidays, those preparing for transfer tests face greater uncertainty than ever...

22 June 2009

Celebration of vocational exam success

A day of celebration is to be held this week to raise the profile of vocational qualifications and celebrate achievements...

22 June 2009

Parents put their faith in new entrance tests

Around 4,500 pupils have already signed up to sit new entrance tests run by one grammar school consortium...

16 June 2009

Top marks for half pupils in non-grammar secondaries

The Irish News has compiled a list of the non-grammar schools that scored the best GCSE grades last year...

09 June 2009

Education Inspectors find improvements needed in community relations work

ETI has found that while good work on promoting community relations is evident in the education and youth sectors, improvements are needed...

02 June 2009

Teacher training intakes approved

Caitríona Ruane, has approved the overall intakes to initial teacher education (ITE) for the forthcoming academic year...

01 June 2009

Phonic reading scheme aims to improve literacy

A new phonic reading scheme has been developed to address concerns with the high level of literacy failure...

27 May 2009

Ruane encourages schools to enter science and technology competition

The Minister was speaking at the launch of the BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition 2010 ...

26 May 2009

Young face 'tough job prospects'

Nearly half of all firms will not be looking to hire graduates or school-leavers in the months ahead, according to a survey...

22 May 2009

School Inspectors find good provision for newcomer pupils

Newcomer children whose first language is not English are well supported in schools...

19 May 2009

Special needs kids lose out in £25m row

Thousands of children with special needs are being denied access to a £25m boost to their education...

18 May 2009

Transfer test applications begin

Grammar schools in Northern Ireland have opened registration for the new unregulated entrance exams to replace the 11-plus...

13 May 2009

Controversial school exam registration starts in days

Parents can begin registering their children for controversial new school entrance exams from next week...

12 May 2009

Grammars to lose out in funding shake-up

Grammar schools face losing millions of pounds in a major funding shake-up...

12 May 2009

Ruane shares education vision at Cyprus seminar

Education minister Caitriona Ruane has again been sharing her vision of a system free from academic selection ...

05 May 2009

'Give pupils a right royal rollicking'

A good old-fashioned bawling can be a better way of dealing with badly behaved pupils the Government's behaviour “tsar” says today...

29 April 2009

Catholic heads hit out at breakaway test plans

Dozens of Catholic primary school principals have branded academic selection plans totally flawed...

29 April 2009

Schools guard against test cheats

Northern Ireland grammar schools planning to set their own entrance tests are taking precautions against potential exam cheats...

28 April 2009

Full Service School Network Goes Live

The Education Minister,has announced the formal approval of the Full Service School Network (FSCN)centred on Corpus Christi school in West Belfast...

22 April 2009

Children failed by system: says MP

Educational under achievement is costing the economy an estimated £1 billion a year in lost earnings...

22 April 2009

Staff are one of a school's biggest assets

‘Improving Performance through Staff Development’ conference in Derry ...

21 April 2009

Advice sought over schools plan

A grammar schools body has sought legal advice over guidelines for the transfer of pupils from primary to secondary school ...

21 April 2009

Bid to outlaw smacking abandoned

The NI Commissioner has abandoned attempts to ban smacking because of "financial constraints". ...

20 April 2009

Top UK school hires 'mind gurus'

One of the UK's top independent schools, has decided the time has come to teach its pupils how to think...

14 April 2009

Adults 'seen not heard' warning

Teachers are warning that parents are too afraid of their own children to enforce good behaviour...

08 April 2009

Catholic grammar hopefuls to sit test

Pupils hoping to attend Catholic grammar schools in Northern Ireland will sit tests in English and maths in November...

08 April 2009

Pupils 'under greater pressure'

More than 70% of teachers think pupils are under more pressure now than they were 10 years ago, a survey suggests. ...

01 April 2009

Grammar Schools to follow Catholic transfer strategy

Grammar schools are set to abandon plans for verbal reasoning tests and instead follow the Catholic sector’s transfer plans...

25 March 2009

Leadership has a role in raising educational standards

The Permanent Secretary has told a conference of school leaders that they have a role in raising standards...

23 March 2009

"Let's close the gap" - says Education Minister

The gap between high achievement and under achievement is threatening children’s ability to reach their potential...

18 March 2009

Cardinal in Catholic education lobby at assembly committee

The head of the Catholic Church in Ireland will give evidence to an assembly committee for the first time today....

18 March 2009

the 11plus: hands up if you want a better future for all pupils

The chairman of the NI Commission for Catholic Education Bishop Donal McKeown argues we urgently need to find an alternative to academic selection ...

16 March 2009

Ruane - Addresses Teachers' Union Conference

The Education Minister addressed the NASUWT conference in Enniskillen ...

16 March 2009

Study highlights benefits of and barriers to interschool sharing

Pupils working with peers from different sectors and communities can play an important role ...

10 March 2009

Education committee to quiz minister over selection plan

Caitriona Ruane will today be quizzed by members the assembly education committee on the abolishment of academic selection...

24 February 2009

Career changers turn to teaching

Around one in 10 career changers is considering training to be a teacher...

24 February 2009

'Children The Losers In Transfer Wrangling'

A Dromora principal has chastised politicians for ongoing wrangling over academic selection...

17 February 2009

Study Visit to Krakow

Applications sought for a 5 day programme for teachers including a study visit to Krakow ...

11 February 2009

More details of new grammar tests revealed

Further details have been revealed of new entrance tests for primary pupils ...

10 February 2009

Good news for classroom assistants

750 classroom assistants will receive a share of £1.3million as a result of the implementation of job evaluation...

10 February 2009

School children get web safety advice

Police have visited 25 Northern Ireland primary schools to tell children and teachers about internet safety...

09 February 2009

Pupils find out 11-plus results

More than 14,000 children in Northern Ireland have been finding out what grade they achieved in the 11-plus...

04 February 2009

Education Minister Celebrates School Leadership

Education Minister has highlighted the importance of school leadership in driving improvements in education....

02 February 2009

Transfer 2010 - details announced

The Education Minister has announced details of the guidance for transfer 2010...

29 January 2009

Leadership improvements in schools required

One in every four principals must improve the quality of their leadership...

28 January 2009

Chief Inspector Report

Chief Inspector reports improvements in education but no room for complacency ...

28 January 2009

Ruane's plans for replacing academic selection

The seven key points of the Minister's proposals revealed ...

27 January 2009

£200m shortfall hits schools

Schools are likely to suffer from cuts over the next two years ...

20 January 2009

Excellence in education should be available to all

Education Minister has said that every school should strive for excellence...

12 January 2009

School vandalised in rampage

Vandals went on the rampage at a Co Londonderry school at the weekend...

07 January 2009

Value of discipline strategy for schools to be reviewed

A multi-million-pound strategy to halt unruly behaviour in schools is being subjected to a review to see whether it has wasted public money....

05 January 2009

Flu and Sickness bug overwhelms schools

Widespread outbreaks of flu and the norovirus threaten to disrupt schools...

23 December 2008

Ruane defends school plans

Reform is essential to ensure schools are properly supported to deliver education to all children, Caitriona Ruane has said. ...

22 December 2008

Plans for schools’ reform attacked

A prominent Catholic educationalist has challenged key plans for schools’ reform which include creating a new body to replace the five education area boards. ...

22 December 2008

Teachers back industrial action

Thousands of schoolchildren face disruption to their education when they return to classes after the Christmas holidays after Northern Ireland’s largest teaching union voted for industrial action last night. ...

21 December 2008

Teachers back industrial action

Thousands of schoolchildren face disruption to their education when they return to classes after the Christmas holidays ...

15 December 2008

Schools opt out of A-level history

A quarter of all secondary schools are opting out of A-level history - prompting fears that the subject may go the same way as Latin....

09 December 2008

Ruane says new authority will raise standards

A major government review designed to cut bureaucracy, save money and raise standards in education has been agreed by the assembly. ...

08 December 2008

Angry parents want sight of new school test

Parents have hit out at an educational group charged with preparing the test to replace the 11-plus after the body said "it is not in the public interest" to reveal details of the paper. ...

05 December 2008

Unregulated transfer system will cause school closures say CCMS

An ad-hoc system of transfer from primary to post-primary will lead to unwanted and unplanned school closures, it has been warned. ...

02 December 2008

Catholic schools out of Dickson

Catholic schools are to withdraw from an education system that allows children into grammars without taking the 11-plus. ...

02 December 2008

North’s newest bilateral school to officially open

The north’s newest bilateral school, which caters for children of all abilities under one roof, was due to officially open today. ...

01 December 2008

North’s newest bilateral school to open

The north’s newest bilateral school, which caters for children of all abilities under one roof, was due to officially open today...

28 November 2008

School reveals new test arrangements

A Londonderry grammar school has outlined details of arrangements being made for a new test to replace the doomed 11-plus. ...

25 November 2008

NI schools 'suspend under-fives'

Children aged five and younger are regularly being suspended from schools in Northern Ireland, it has emerged. ...

25 November 2008

Tough action for 'shocking' exam grades

Education minister Caitriona Ruane has said there must be a zero-tolerance approach to the "shocking level of underachievement" among some schoolchildren....

21 November 2008

Pupils sit the final 11-plus test

More than 15,000 primary seven pupils across Northern Ireland are to sit the second part of the last 11-plus exam. ...

21 November 2008

Thousands switch schools in pursuit of better results

Thousands of pupils are switching schools every year in pursuit of better education - but figures show that more are transferring to non-grammars....

19 November 2008

Unique reward scheme begins search for projects which help kids stay healthy

maginative projects which seek to educate or improve the health of children and young people ...

18 November 2008

Backlog of school repairs hits £27m

The state of under-funding in the north's education has left as many as 28 schools with unfinished repairs estimated at more than £1 million each....

18 November 2008

Teachers may strike to get parity of pay

Schools may be thrown into chaos if a plan by Northern Ireland's largest teachers' union for industrial action in support of achieving parity with their colleagues in Britain is backed....

11 November 2008

Body calls for integration in faith schools

Church leaders must be convinced of the need to help create thousands more integrated school places, a report has urged....

11 November 2008

Education minister urged to retain 11 plus

Stormont Education Minister Caitriona Ruane has faced calls to retain the 11-plus transfer test until a proven alternative is identified. ...

10 November 2008

Drive to raise £20m to give 30 schools integrated status

Integrated education chiefs want to raise £20m to enable 30 single religion schools to attain integrated status over the next five years, the Belfast Telegraph can reveal today. ...

10 November 2008

Education on rights starts in the classroom

Schools in the north can improve their performance and cut indiscipline by putting respect for the rights of pupils and teachers at the heart of the classroom, a conference has heard....

07 November 2008

15,000 children sit last 11-plus

More than 15,000 children across Northern Ireland are to sit the first part of the last 11-plus. ...

07 November 2008

Union-organised petition calls for end to academic selection

Parents, principals, teachers, classroom assistants and university academics have come together to call for an end to academic selection. ...

06 November 2008

Churchmen call for an end to confusion over transfers

The north's four main Churches have urged politicians to stand back from established positions to end uncertainty surrounding the future system of transfer to post-primary schools....

05 November 2008

Churches bid to end exam deadlock

It is understood the four main churches in Northern Ireland are to attempt to help end the 11-plus stalemate. ...

03 November 2008

Striking teachers to return

Teachers and pupils at Movilla High School are to return to class today after a two-week strike....

30 October 2008

Hope for strike's end

There were hopes last night of a breakthrough in the Movilla High School strike after employers made a renewed offer to union representatives. ...

29 October 2008

Movilla parents 'angry'

Parents of pupils at Movilla High School who have missed two weeks of classes have said they are angry they have been forced to intervene in the dispute....

27 October 2008

School strike parents meet board

Parents of pupils from Movilla High School are to meet the South Eastern Education Board on Monday. ...

24 October 2008

Children to sit one paper in new test

Primary seven pupils will sit just one test paper next winter under education minister Caitriona Ruane's plans for a temporary new transfer system....

24 October 2008

School union withdraws proposal

The union representing striking teachers in Newtownards has abandoned a proposal to have a pupil taught in isolation....

23 October 2008

Exam to replace 11-plus in doubt

There were major doubts last night that the academic test being drawn up to replace the 11-plus would be ready in time for its planned introduction next year....

23 October 2008

Strike teachers meet over dispute

Teachers striking at Movilla High school are to meet on Thursday to decide whether they want to continue the dispute. ...

22 October 2008

Meeting follows selection plans

Education Minister Caitríona Ruane is to meet with Catholic grammar school principals to discuss their plans to keep academic selection. ...

22 October 2008

Pupil at centre of school strike

The pupil at the centre of a teachers' strike which has forced the closure of a school is to face a criminal prosecution...

22 October 2008

Up to £2 million spent on unused Ulster-Scots learning materials

Almost £2 million was spent producing Ulster-Scots learning materials but schools had no idea they existed, an inspection report has found....

21 October 2008

School strike 'abuse of rights'

Children's Commissioner Patricia Lewsley has said the strike by 25 teachers at Movilla High School is an "abuse of children's rights". ...

21 October 2008

'Super Learning' clinches success

A programme of 'Super Learning Days' run by a teacher has won Oakwood Integrated Primary School a Northern Ireland Training Award. ...

15 October 2008

Minister calls for resolution of strike

Education minister Caitriona Ruane has called for the resolution of a teachers' strike. Twenty-five of 37 teachers at Movilla High School in Newtownards, Co Down, have been on strike since Monday in a row over a pupil who is alleged to have assaulted a teacher in May. The South Eastern Education and Library Board (SEELB) said it would suspend the teachers' pay for breach of contract. In the assembly yesterday, Ms Ruane said the decision to suspend the teachers' pay would be reviewed if they agreed to take part in mediation. But the NASUWT union said it would not take part in mediation unless preconditions were met. A spokesman for the education board said it had "repeatedly advised the NASUWT that it was prepared to review its position". Mrs Ruane said: "The SEELB offered to review the decision to suspend pay if one of the parties involved agreed to mediation. "Everybody needs to start talking and get this resolved." She said a situation where 540 children were out of school and teachers did not feel safe could not continue. "There is a way through this," she said.   ...

15 October 2008

Ruane: My way or free-for-all

Education minister Caitriona Ruane has said there are only two options for replacing the 11-plus - her way or a free-for-all....

14 October 2008

Strike school is closed to pupils

Movilla High School in Newtownards will be closed to pupils on Tuesday due to an ongoing strike by some teachers. ...

13 October 2008

Irish-medium education review calls for cooperation between Gaelic schools

Gaelic-speaking schools in Ireland and Scotland should enjoy closer ties, a report has said....

13 October 2008

Teachers strike over pupil attack

Twenty five teachers at a school in Newtownards, County Down, have gone on strike over a dispute concerning a pupil who assaulted a teacher. ...

10 October 2008

Religion less key to choice of school

More and more Protestant children are being enrolled in Catholic schools as their parents choose quality education over religion, the Council for Catholic Maintained Schools has heard....

08 October 2008

Non-grammar schools may have power to set own tests

Non-grammar schools banned from using the 11-plus to admit pupils may be given the power to set their own entrance tests from next year....

08 October 2008

Punishment for coaching unexplained

The Department of Education has so far been unable to explain exactly how minister Caitriona Ruane will punish schools who coach pupils for new grammar entrance exams....

06 October 2008

School reveals entrance exam plan

A grammar school in Londonderry has published a sample of a new selection test for parents of Year 6 pupils. ...

03 October 2008

Library board suspends meetings

The Belfast Education and Library Board has voted unanimously to suspend all its meetings in a row over a predicted budget deficit of £7.5m. ...

03 October 2008

Six more Catholic schools to defy Ruane

As many as six more Catholic grammar schools are poised to defy the education minister and announce they want to retain academic selection. St Michael's College in Enniskillen has become the latest school to say it plans to continue using testing to select pupils....

02 October 2008

Ruane continues consultation process with Principals

Education Minister, Caitríona Ruane, continued to gauge opinions from key education partners by meeting with post-primary principals from Newry, Kilkeel, Warrenpoint, Banbridge and Bessbrook....

02 October 2008

Sixteen pupils leave school

Parents who objected to a primary school being transformed to integrated status have withdrawn their children....

29 September 2008

.Truancy staff to take action

Education welfare officers who are members of the Northern Ireland Public Service Alliance are to take part in industrial action from today....

29 September 2008

Stakes could not be higher in facing future challenges

Local considerations need to be set alongside global practices when devising education policies, writes Dr Tom Hesketh, director of the Regional Training Unit....

24 September 2008

Faith-based education 'favoured by parents'

Faith-based schools to teach Catholics and Protestants together are a real alternative to integrated education, it has been claimed....

24 September 2008

Meeting over post primary education

Plans for the 11-plus examination are back in the spotlight....

12 September 2008

Parents 'want texts from schools'

Many parents would like school reports on their children's performance texted or e-mailed, a survey says. ...

10 September 2008

Deadline for new education body 'unrealistic'

Serious concerns were expressed today about the deadline for the establishment of the new single education authority for Northern Ireland. ...

27 August 2008

Gaelscoil sector welcomes proposals

A shake-up of Irish-medium education will facilitate future growth of the sector rather than halt its progress, it has been claimed....

22 August 2008

GCSE students jump for joy at exam success

Students across Northern Ireland who received their GCSE results yesterday have performed better than pupils from last year. ...

15 August 2008

Northern Ireland students score top marks yet again

A-level results in Northern Ireland are up again and remain comfortably ahead of Wales and England - largely due to a huge rise in the percentage of A grades....

15 August 2008

Students here still top of table

Thousands of teenagers are receiving their A-Level results - and students here have once again outperformed their counterparts in England and Wales....

11 August 2008

All-ability schools score in academic excellence

All ability schools do not need to sacrifice their all ability teaching to achieve academic excellence, it has been said....

08 August 2008

Ruane: my plans won't be stopped

Just weeks before the start of the new school term, Caitriona Ruane today pledged to push ahead with her plan to phase out academic selection -- despite serious stalemate at Executive level over the highly contentious issue. ...

31 July 2008

North's primary classes a third bigger than Republic's

Class sizes in Northern Ireland are now almost a third larger than in primary schools in the Republic....

29 July 2008

Project raises concern at lack of teacher diversity

The teacher education system in the north is facing significant challenges, an expert from the University of Ulster has said....

29 July 2008

School 'sad' at Ruane decision

The decision to reject plans for an integrated primary school at a religious interface in west Belfast may have set in motion the reversal of good work being done there to build bridges between communities...

23 July 2008

Catholic non-grammars top GCSE results table in north

Continuing a special report on school exam performance, The Irish News has compiled a list of non-grammar schools who scored the best GCSE grades last year....

22 July 2008

AQE grammar pupils tend to be from wealthy families

Under the guidance of The Association of Quality Education (AQE), 30 schools say they are introducing new tests to continue selecting top-performing primary pupils after the 11-plus ends....

22 July 2008

Breakaway grammars fare worst for results

Schools planning new 'breakaway' entrance tests are producing some of the worst A-level results among the north's grammars, new performance lists reveal....

21 July 2008

Crumlin creates online engineering first

Crumlin Integrated College is to become the first school in the north to introduce online delivery of the double award engineering GCSE....

21 July 2008

St Mary's in teacher training 'top 10'

St Mary's University College has been named one of the 10 best teacher training institutions in Britain and Northern Ireland....

11 July 2008

Grammar school lobby head denies plans to breakaway

Sir Kenneth Bloomfield, head of a group of schools preparing new entrance exams to replace the 11-plus, talks to education correspondent Simon Doyle about the plans....

11 July 2008

NI schools inspector to leave post

The first woman to be appointed chief inspector of schools in the north is to leave her post. ...

09 July 2008

11-plus A grade 'not vital for grammar schooling'

Pupils do not need to get an A grade in the 11-plus to benefit from a grammar school education, a leading advocate of academic selection has said....

08 July 2008

Physical attacks by primary school pupils on staff lead to 70 suspensions

Physical attacks by primary pupils on school staff led to 70 suspensions, new figures show....

07 July 2008

Radical changes needed as academic selection is ended

If academic selection is ended, there must be far-reaching changes in the education system, writes Bob Osborne of the University of Ulster....

04 July 2008

To regulate or 'un-regulate', that is the question at end of 11-plus

Education minister Caitriona Ruane has said she will consider "all her options" if she cannot legislate for her post-11-plus vision. Education correspondent Simon Doyle examines some of the alternatives...

03 July 2008

Ruane may bypass the executive on 11-plus

Caitriona Ruane has indicated she may at-tempt to bypass the executive and assembly to see her plans for a post-11-plus system introduced....

30 June 2008

'Plan for the long term'

Graduate teachers should look to the longer term when searching for full-time work, the head of the college that trains staff for Catholic schools has said....

30 June 2008

Ruane fights back after funding proposals row

The rights of Irish-medium schools should be respected and supported, the education minister Caitriona Ruane has said....

27 June 2008

Minister unwavering amid test turbulence

Ms Ruane has faced repeated calls to give greater detail on her proposals to replace the 11-plus....

26 June 2008

Ruane agrees to shut down Derry school

One of only three Irish-language post-primary schools in the north is to be shut down....

25 June 2008

No cash for Ruane to send letters on 11-plus

Caitriona Ruane has been denied money to send a letter to parents about her vision for a post-primary system without the 11-plus....

24 June 2008

Colleges' funding

Sir Reg Empey said yesterday that he had no intention of closing either St Mary's or Stanmillis teacher training colleges....

24 June 2008

Strategy to tackle poor literacy and numeracy

A new government strategy to tackle poor standards in literacy and numeracy has been established....

23 June 2008

Irish PGCE course offered at St Mary's

Increased demand for subject experts in Irish-medium post-primary schools has led to the creation of more places for trainee teachers....

23 June 2008

Teaching graduates jobs crisis deepens

Fewer than 40 of 800 graduate teachers got jobs in Catholic schools last year - and competition is expected to become even more frantic....

20 June 2008

Ruane warning on tests of AQE

Education minister Caitriona Ruane has written to all grammar schools expressing concern about plans for new entrance tests....

19 June 2008

PS heads receive sample grammar entrance tests

Samples of the questions that will be asked of children in new grammar entrance tests have been sent to primary school principals....

19 June 2008

Teaching assistant controls urged

The use of teaching assistants in schools should be subject to much tighter controls, a union has said. ...

18 June 2008

Rebel schools unveil test to replace 11-plus

Thirty grammar schools today released detailed information on the new common entrance tests which will be used to select pupils after the 11-plus is consigned to history later this year. ...

17 June 2008

Merger to see end of Dickson alternative

Catholic schools are poised to end their participation in the only education system that lets children into grammars without taking the 11-plus....

17 June 2008

Schools failing blind children says report

Blind children are not getting the support they need in school to excel with just one in six making it to third level education, new research yesterday revealed....

13 June 2008

Catholic schools council casts doubt on interim selection plan

Allowing academic selection to remain for three more years could cause more harm than good in the long term, Catholic educationalists have warned....

13 June 2008

Changes must not affect college's independenc

Changes to the way teaching colleges are funded should not affect the independence of the specialist institution that trains staff for Catholic schools, graduates have been told....

12 June 2008

Integrated college to shut after five years

Integrated education in Northern Ireland suffered a blow yesterday when the governors of a school opened less than five years ago said it must close next year because of a lack of pupils....

11 June 2008

Stormont clashes predicted for Ruane

More fiery clashes are expected between Caitriona Ruane and the Stormont education committee following the appointment of its new chairman....

09 June 2008

Inspectors slate vital PE classes in schools

Vital physical education classes for children are being ruined by poor quality lessons and substandard facilities, in-spectors have found....

05 June 2008

Ruane reveals first schools specialising in humanities

The first schools in the north to receive extra money to deliver expert tuition in the humanities have been named....

03 June 2008

Daydreaming pupils who stare into space in class are actually the most intelligent, finds study

They are often dismissed as daydreamers and told to pay attention. ...

02 June 2008

Fewer children leave school without a single exam pass

The proportion of school leavers achieving two or more A-levels or at least five good GCSEs has increased in the past five years, new figures show....

02 June 2008

Schools deadlines 'won't be met'

Groups set up to shape the future of NI's schools are unlikely to meet the deadlines set by the education minister an SDLP assembly member has said. ...

02 June 2008

Teacher training review launched

A review of teacher training provision has been launched by the assembly's Committee for Employment and Learning....

29 May 2008

Heads to tell of fears for staff

Head teachers have grave concerns about the health and well-being of school staff, a conference will hear today. ...

27 May 2008

Exams set to continue despite arson attack on city school

Teachers at a north Belfast secondary school badly damaged by arsonists were yesterday working to ensue disruption to student examinations is kept to a minimum....

27 May 2008

Turnitin software catches student plagiarism

Exam boards are using a sophisticated computer software programme that scans students' work and compares it with material published on the internet, to catch coursework cheats who have copied all or part of their GCSE and A-level projects. ...

22 May 2008

Call for 'rich and poor mix' in schools

A mix of rich and poor children in schools can improve educational performance, teachers will be told today....

20 May 2008

Teaching unions get ministerial briefing

The new test being lined up to replace the 11-plus will "under no circumstances" distort primary school teaching, unions have been told....

19 May 2008

McGuinness says 11-plus deadlock can be broken

The deadlock over reform of the 11-plus transfer system can be broken, the deputy first minister has said. ...

16 May 2008

Exams board 'needs more time to prepare tests'

The body tasked with designing a new exam to replace the 11-plus says it needs more money to have the test ready in time....

16 May 2008

Executive divided by education proposals

Northern Ireland's new education proposals left the power-sharing executive in Belfast hopelessly divided last night. ...

15 May 2008

Mixed reaction from school principals and politicians

The minister's plans for bilateral schools and a temporary reprieve for academic selection received a mixed reaction last night from school principals and politicians....

14 May 2008

Three-year exam plan to replace 11-plus test

The system to replace the doomed 11-plus is to involve a new transfer test but for three years only....

12 May 2008

Joining of services to improve unions' skills supply

The Association of Teachers and Lecturers (ATL) and the Association for College Management (ACM) are to give members of both unions access to the services provided by the other....

12 May 2008

Pupils' religious symbols facing potential restriction

Education Minister Caitriona Ruane hopes to issue guidance before the end of term which could restrict religious symbols being worn by pupils on school uniforms....

12 May 2008

Study plans for post-11-plus era before deciding on their merit

The Irish News, like many other media, has devoted much time and energy to the issue of the 11-plus, academic selection and the proposals to replace it....

08 May 2008

Rise in pupil suspensions for booze issues at school

More children than ever before are being suspended for coming to class drunk or bringing booze to schools, new figures reveal....

08 May 2008

Teacher college merger criticised

MLAs have criticised the proposed merger of Stranmillis University College and Queen's University. ...

06 May 2008

'Counterproductive' to send child to school at 4

A leading early years education expert has embraced suggestions that parents may be able to delay the start of their children's schooling by a year....

06 May 2008

Schools lobby for conflict funds

A number of schools in Belfast's "areas of conflict" have been left struggling following the end of a special fund, head teachers have claimed. ...

01 May 2008

11-plus plans in two weeks

Proposals for a new system to replace the 11-plus will be revealed in two weeks, education minister Caitriona Ruane has said....

30 April 2008

Principals in the dark over minister's vision for future

When Caitriona Ruane announced in December that "there will be no 11-plus in 2009", she said children in Primary 5, their parents and teachers could now "focus on the job in hand"....

29 April 2008

Expert welcomes change in primary school starting age

A leading early years education expert has welcomed suggestions that parents may be able to delay the start of their children's schooling by a year....

28 April 2008

P1 starting date set to be delayed by a year

The end of the 11-plus is set to allow parents to delay their children's start to primary school by a year....

28 April 2008

Project aims to tackle exclusion of Travellers

Traveller children must be given the same educational opportunities as their settled peers, the education minister has said....

28 April 2008

Ruane talks tough on funding

The Education Minister yesterday repeated she would refuse to provide funding for schools which set their own entrance exams once the 11-plus is ditched later this year....

28 April 2008

Teachers warn of strike in protest about pay

Teachers have warned they are considering strike action to improve pay and working conditions....

17 April 2008

Closure threat to Catholic teacher-training college

The specialist college that trains teachers for the north's Catholic schools has warned that it may be forced to close over plans to link the way it is funded with its student numbers....

17 April 2008

Teacher training college could merge with university

One of Northern Ireland's two dedicated teacher training colleges could merge with Queen's University....

15 April 2008

Ex-army base to become school site

A pioneering educational village of Catholic and Protestant schools would be a source of new hope for Co Tyrone, education minister Caitriona Ruane said yesterday. ...

11 April 2008

Parents and teachers air views on selection

Concerned parents and teachers were among those who attended a special meeting in Ballymena last night to discuss the future of education in the Province - and more specifically, future transfer provisions following the proposed scrapping of the 11-plus....

10 April 2008

Specialist school steps up efforts to stay open

Northern Ireland's only specialist school for children with cerebral palsy is continuing its campaign to search for cash to keep it afloat....

08 April 2008

Teachers' sick leave costing £50m a year

Over £50 million has been spent covering for teachers absent from the classroom through sickness....

03 April 2008

Entrance tests loom on the horizon for post-11-plus era

Fears have been raised of an entrance exam free-for-all after the end of the 11-plus, with pupils facing multiple tests when applying for post-primary schools....

02 April 2008

Resignation call over school test

A teachers' union has urged the board of governors at a Londonderry grammar school to resign after it decided to introduce its own entrance examination. ...

26 March 2008

Delegates told of 'major changes' to the system

A major gathering of teachers has been told of comprehensive changes planned for education, north and south....

26 March 2008

Teachers 'will retire later' after changes to pensions

Changes to lucrative pension payments for teachers will see more forced to work into their sixties rather than retire 10 years ahead of other workers....

20 March 2008

Still waiting for Ruane to clear the fog on transfers

The Department of Education has confirmed that Caitriona Ruane has not yet posted the letter she promised to parents and schools in response to 'media scaremongering' over the time taken to finalise a new school transfer system. ...

20 March 2008

Top Catholic grammar to introduce own selection test

Northern Ireland's top Catholic grammar school is to introduce its own entrance tests - having earlier dismissed the suggestion out of hand....

20 March 2008

Top grammar plans own '11-plus'

A top grammar school has broken ranks by unveiling plans to set its own alternative to the doomed 11-plus....

18 March 2008

Free children from national curriculum, says watchdog

The head of the body responsible for monitoring teaching standards will make an impassioned plea today for ministers to release pupils from the stranglehold of the national curriculum and give teachers the freedom to decide what should be taught....

18 March 2008

One-third of teachers threatened

One in three teachers has been threatened by pupils, according to a survey to be published today. One in 10 has suffered actural physical harm as a result, said the Association of Teachers and Lecturers (ATL), whose conference starts in Torquay today....

14 March 2008

Call for teacher suicide training

The Ulster Teachers' Union is calling for more suicide awareness training for teachers....

14 March 2008

Hundreds of exam results upgraded

Almost 900 grades in last year's GCSE examinations in Northern Ireland were upgraded after pupils queried their marks....

14 March 2008

North's teachers tired of being 'second best' in pay scale rates

A series of teachers' conferences have again raised concerns about pay and working conditions....

14 March 2008

Pupils' documents left in attic by former education service worker

Sensitive files outlining the medical histories of scores of schoolchildren were left lying for years in the attic of a former education service worker, it was revealed yesterday. ...

07 March 2008

Clergyman to head radical new school shake-up body

One of the most prominent members of the Protestant clergy involved in education will head a group tasked with a radical shake-up of schools....

07 March 2008

Teachers demand 10% pay increase

All principals and teachers - including some earning almost £100,000 a year - are demanding a 10 per cent pay rise....

05 March 2008

Minister doles out homework on the post-primary schools shake-up

Plans to merge grammar, non-grammar and even primary pupils are to be brought forward early next year, the education minister has said....

04 March 2008

Catholic teachers press Ruane

The largest union at Catholic schools has demanded Caitriona Ruane quells "hysteria" surrounding her vision for a post 11-plus education system....

03 March 2008

Charity school seeks £200k help to safeguard its future

The only charity school that caters for children with cerebral palsy needs £200,000 a year to safeguard its future...

03 March 2008

Reveal post-11-plus plans Ruane urged

Education minister Caitriona Ruane must provide more detail about her plans for post-primary education to help teachers prepare for what is coming, SDLP education spokesman Dominic Bradley said....

29 February 2008

Teachers slam 'anti-learning' schools policy

A leading teachers' union yesterday criticised Northern Ireland's hard-hitting proposed new school improvement policy claiming it was produced "without one iota of consultation" with teachers' representatives....

28 February 2008

Memory issue 'hits 10% of pupils'

One in 10 children might have a "working memory" impairment that causes them to do less well than expected at school, research suggests....

28 February 2008

Schools failing pupils on sex education - report

Most schools are failing to provide training for teachers tasked with delivering sex education, a Health Action Zone report has found, with pupils afforded only about two hours of relationship and sexuality education a year....

28 February 2008

Teachers hit by shock rise in number of school attacks

Attacks on school teachers in Northern Ireland have soared in six years, a trade union has claimed. ...

27 February 2008

Call for protection after teacher is knocked out

There were calls today for better protection for Ulster's teachers after a secondary school principal was punched in the face and knocked out....

27 February 2008

MLAs to propose own transfer syste

The Assembly's education committee is to bring forward its own proposals for a new system of school transfer in a bid to break the deadlock over finding a replacement for the 11-plus....

27 February 2008

School attendance: Bullying main reason for skipped classes

Bullying, or poor relations with teachers, are more likely to cause pupils to miss a lot of school than attitudes at home, which have previously been blamed, research has found. ...

21 February 2008

Rights to be taught in classroom

A new initiative aimed at teaching primary school children about their human rights is to be launched later....

21 February 2008

Schools beating queues at the touch of a button

Cashless catering systems could be the future for schools across the north, as the days of rummaging in blazer pockets for cards or coins are consigned to history....

18 February 2008

Literacy and numeracy task force to be set up

A government task force to tackle poor standards in literacy and numeracy is to be established - almost a year after it was first pledged....

18 February 2008

Scheme to make pupils aware of human rights

A scheme that fosters an understanding of human rights among teachers and helps develop human rights education in the curriculum is to be extended to all primary schools in Ireland....

18 February 2008

Welcome for package to help teaching principals

The largest employer of teachers in the north has welcomed plans for a multi-million-pound package to assist teaching principals....

13 February 2008

Robinson in call for Executive to find an 11-plus replacement

The Executive must be involved in finding a replacement for the 11-plus, Finance Minister Peter Robinson has insisted. ...

12 February 2008

Assistant numbers up despite pupil decrease

The number of classroom assistants being employed is increasing at a time when school rolls are falling annually....

04 February 2008

Pilot scheme allows pupils to get in touch with nature

A learning initiative that aims to inspire children through positive outdoor experiences is being piloted in the north....

01 February 2008

11-plus questions still remain unanswered after stormy meeting

A stormy education committee meeting ended yesterday with members claiming that que-stions about minister Caitriona Ruane's post 11-plus plans remained unanswered....

01 February 2008

Schools may face cap on poor kids

Top schools may face a limit on the number of poor children they can admit to prevent a 'postcode lottery' when the 11-plus goes....

30 January 2008

Nettle-grasping education body will snub parties

A planned string of school closures could be accelerated by a body being set up to replace education boards because it will exclude politicians....

28 January 2008

Opening of Irish-medium education conference

Education minister Caitriona Ruane will today join principals, teachers and classroom assistants at the opening of the Irish-medium education sector's annual conference....

23 January 2008

Education wins £400m extra to boost spending

Spending on education is to increase by almost £400m a year by 2010-11 compared to 2006-07, the Finance Minister Peter Robinson announced today. ...

23 January 2008

Failing schools are given warning

Schools in Northern Ireland which do not come up to standard could close if they do not improve, the Department of Education has said....

23 January 2008

Shake-up teachers 'will quit'

Teachers across Northern Ireland may leave the profession if the education system turns comprehensive, a grammar school principal claimed today. ...

21 January 2008

New teachers to be briefed on English job opportunities

New teachers struggling to find work in the north are being invited to learn more about job opportunities in England....

21 January 2008

Tips on numeracy tutoring explored

More than 130 people from the post-16 sector have taken part in a conference exploring new ways of teaching numeracy. ...

18 January 2008

New learning support centres for Coleraine Primary Schools

Education Minister, Caitríona Ruane, has announced that applications to establish Key Stage 1 and 2 Learning Support Centres at three Coleraine primary schools have been approved....

17 January 2008

New integrated schools bring Ulster total to 62

Two new integrated schools have been officially opened in Moira and Ballynahinch. ...

17 January 2008

Ruane refuses to answer transfer plan questions

Caitriona Ruane refused to answer questions about her plans to shake up the school transfer system because she is still finalising details, her department said last night....

15 January 2008

Schools' plan 'will hit teachers'

Teachers in Northern Ireland face compulsory job losses in the next year, an education union has warned....

10 January 2008

Rural schools switched on to the renewables

Minster Michelle Gildernew MP MLA has launched Phase Two of the Switched on Schools initiative, at Moat Primary School, Lisnaskea....

08 January 2008

New autism centres for western board primary schools

Education Minister Caitríona Ruane has announced the establishment of autism support units at two schools in Derry and Enniskillen....

08 January 2008

Our brightest pupils are honoured by top award

Three young academics have been recognised by one of Northern Ireland's most prestigious accolades, the Hans Sloane Award. ...

07 January 2008

Almost all teachers retire in their fifties

Teachers are enjoying a 10-year head start into retirement, as almost all leave the profession in their fifties. ...

07 January 2008

Ulster's education boards in huge law fee payout

The Department of Education and Ulster's five education boards shelled out more than a third of a million pounds on legal fees last year, the Belfast Telegraph can reveal today....

03 January 2008

Almost all children get schools they want

Almost every child is being admitted to his or her first-choice secondary school - casting doubt on fears of a 'postcode lottery' when the 11-plus goes....

03 January 2008

Robinson in 11-plus row with Ruane

Peter Robinson has cast doubt on the status of Education Minister Caitriona Ruane's statement on the future of academic selection....

21 December 2007

New GCSE: bite-sized exams and no coursework

Pupils will be able to retake GCSE modules to improve their grades under an overhaul of the qualification that will also end coursework in most subjects....

18 December 2007

Schools with new AQE test have north’s richest pupils

Schools planning to keep their own entrance tests after the 11-plus is abolished have the richest pupils in the north, government figures show. ...

17 December 2007

Nipsa to take strike vote

All out strike action by classroom assistants caught up in Ulster's longest running pay dispute is on the cards for January, it was claimed today. ...

17 December 2007

'Test' schools accept D grade pupils

Only six of the 25 grammar schools planning to introduce a common entry test in 2009 accepted all their pupils with a B grade or above in their 11-plus last year, the Belfast Telegraph can reveal today. ...

14 December 2007

Alternative 11-plus plan snubbed by grammars

Almost two-thirds of the north's grammar schools - including the entire Catholic sector - appear to have snubbed plans by a breakaway group to use new entrance tests after the 11-plus is scrapped. ...

14 December 2007

New school system must benefit every one of our children

Education minister Caitriona Ruane sets out her plans for reform of the "antiquated" 11-plus transfer system....

13 December 2007

Heads welcome 11-plus axe plans

Plans to axe the 11-plus and replace it with a system led by pupil choice was welcomed today by the Association of Headteachers of Secondary Schools. ...

10 December 2007

Assembly to debate student fees

Controversial plans to try and raise student fees are to be debated in the Northern Ireland Assembly....

07 December 2007

05 December 2007 - Education has a role in raising homelessness awarenesses - Ruane

Education Minister Caitríona Ruane has launched a new schools information pack on homelessness. Speaking at the launch at Damhead Primary School, Coleraine, the Minister said: “Homelessness is a problem that can affect virtually anyone in our community. It can have devastating impacts on families and children so it is important that we raise awareness as early as possible. ...

05 December 2007

Minister drops marks in 11-plus reform test

The latest plans to reform the transfer process faced opposition from unionists and grammar supporters last night, while schools awaited more details of the way ahead. ...

05 December 2007

Schools to press on with own test

Efforts to introduce a common entry test for grammar schools after the 11-plus is axed next year will go ahead, it was confirmed last night. ...

04 December 2007

Nipsa to suspend strike action

Nipsa has been demonstrating for months over changes to pay and conditions for new workers involving post regrading and methods of calculating salaries....

04 December 2007

Ruane reveals transfer plans

Education minister Caitriona Ruane will today make a long-awaited announcement about a replacement for the 11-plus - proposing children make key choices at 14. ...

04 December 2007

Ruane reveals transfer plans

Education minister Caitriona Ruane will today make a long-awaited announcement about a replacement for the 11-plus - proposing children make key choices at 14. ...

03 December 2007

Classroom assistants are to suspend their strike action

Nipsa classroom assistants are to suspend their long-running strike action tomorrow....

30 November 2007

Nispsa to hold ballot on latest pay offer

Striking classroom assistants' union Nipsa has agreed to ballot its 3.300 members on whether to accept a pay offer from employers....

29 November 2007

Maths initiative bringing fun to the class

Hundreds of Ulster schoolchildren have been learning that numbers can be fun thanks to an initiative aimed at impoving numeracy. ...

28 November 2007

Test

Test story...

27 November 2007

NIPSA classroom assistants back on strike

Strike action by NIPSA classroom assistants is today continuing despite three other unions ruling out industrial action....

15 November 2007

Education Minister expresses disappointment at planned strike

Caitríona Ruane, has spoken of her disappointment at planned strike action by NIPSA that will affect special schools...

14 November 2007

Minister's hints over successor to 11-plus

The Education Minister has given her clearest indication yet of what system will replace the 11-plus...

13 November 2007

A revolution in teaching promises the solution to dyslexia

A ground-breaking project has had extraordinary success in helping hundreds of dyslexic children...

09 November 2007

The clock is ticking as minister hunts for 11-plus replacement

Less than two months remain for the Education minister to find a replacement for the 11-plus...

07 November 2007

Launch of North South Research Project to attract leaders in Teaching

An international OECD conference took place in Dublin today on School Leadership Development Strategies. ...

06 November 2007

Teachers in threat to join strike action

The education crisis deepened today as Ulster teachers threatened industrial action...

02 November 2007

Risk aversion intruding on young lives

Children should learn to cope with name-calling, according to a leading children’s play expert...

01 November 2007

Schools strikers urged to put vulnerable pupils first

NIPSA was last night blasted for its failure to give assurances to special needs pupils...

31 October 2007

Union talks to determine school assistants’ action

Today there will be discussions to determine whether or not the classroom assistants go back on strike. ...

30 October 2007

Pupil numbers in north to fall by 10,000 over next four years

There are now more than 55,000 empty desks, according to education minister Caitriona Ruane....

26 October 2007

Big payout even as number of pupils falls

A new school curriculum and children living in disadvantaged areas will benefit from a multi-billion-pound package for education...

25 October 2007

Call for child protection measures

Common measures to protect children from sex crimes, abuse and bullying should be introduced across Ireland and Britain...

22 October 2007

Pupil choice signals a big change for schools

A 11-plus replacement where pupils make their own academic choices at 14....

22 October 2007

The Award for Teaching Assistant of the Year

Mrs Anne Hegarty was awarded Teaching Assistant of the year at the National Teaching Awards 2007 ...

19 October 2007

New Responsibilities for the Council

Today 19th of October 2007, the Council assumed responsibility for approving the qualifications of all those wishing to join the profession ...

19 October 2007

Pupils set to select a school at age 14

A transfer model which allows pupils to make their own educational choices at age 14 without academic testing looks likely...

15 October 2007

Classroom strike may be suspended

NIPSA will consult its members on suspending industrial action this week...

12 October 2007

Minster chairs first RPA meeting

The Minister updated the chairpersons of the RPA affected organisations at a meeting last night...

12 October 2007

Ruane sets out vision for education

The Minister addresses delegates of the ANIELB conference at Slieve Donard...

10 October 2007

Grammar schools test 'would be legal'

The plan for 40 grammar schools to set their own common entry test to replace the 11-plus has progressed...

09 October 2007

Assistant strike ‘will close schools’

An all out strike has begun involving NIPSA'S 3,000 aggrieved classroom assistant members...

04 October 2007

Government told planned new curriculum will fail

new school curriculum will fail unless teachers and principals receive adequate government support, unions have warned. ...

03 October 2007

Unison suspends strike ballot to consider offer

Unison now plans to consult all members on the package proposed by employers last week re the classroom assistant dispute ...

02 October 2007

Schools may merge to form integrated college

Plans are under way to merge two Co Down schools...

28 September 2007

Student Teacher tops the class at Queen's

Catherine Creighton is announced as the GTCNI Student Teacher Award Winner at QUB ...

27 September 2007

Minister greets first female principal of Stranmillis

The Minister for Employment and Learning, Sir Reg Empey, today visited Stranmillis and St Mary’s University Colleges...

26 September 2007

Classroom assistant's pay fight continues

Children in schools across Northern Ireland face serious disruption today...

26 September 2007

Minister faces the music on 11-plus

Members of the pro-grammar school lobby will today issue a face-to-face warning to Education Minister ...

24 September 2007

Ruane acts on Classroom Assistants' Dispute

the Education Minister has told the Assembly that she will intervene in the classroom assistants’ dispute...

24 September 2007

Scheme to put pay to educational segregation

Educational segregation could lessen under a new £3.7 million collaboration scheme...

21 September 2007

Teachers 'open to cyber bullying'

Cyber bullying is having a serious impact on teaching staff in Northern Ireland...

18 September 2007

Ruane tells student teachers they can shape the lives of young people

The Minister was speaking to incoming Post graduate certificate in education (PGCE) students at Queen’s University...

13 September 2007

Chief Inspector calls for colloboration in Education

The benefits for young people and joined-up working across government was discussed at local Conference today ...

13 September 2007

Revised Curriculum will help in achieving potential

Caitríona Ruane has said that the revised curriculum will prepare young people for today’s world...

11 September 2007

Education Bossess sell land too cheaply

School lands in Belfast, Tyrone and Derry were sold off for £4M below the market value ...

10 September 2007

Schools alone cannot help poor

Children from disadvantaged backgrounds need to do more than just attend a good school...

06 September 2007

Pressure mounts on Ruane to find 11-plus replacement

Teachers, unions and politicians today united to demand the Education Minister resolves the 11 plus dilemma...

05 September 2007

Union hits out at plans for grammar school tests

Plans by grammar schools to set entrance exams could skew the new curriculum, teaching unions have claimed...

04 September 2007

Grammar schools in breakaway plan

Forty Grammar Schools are considering a common entry test to replace the 11-plus...

03 September 2007

Testing Times as new term begins

Pupils and teachers across the Province start back at school today amid uncertainty over key planks of education policy...

17 August 2007

School produces 5 Oxbridge prodigies

Antrim Grammar School celebrates five students, who are set for Oxbridge after A-level success...

16 August 2007

A Level passes up again

Record numbers of students scored top grades in their A-Levels today ...

16 August 2007

GTCNI Congratulates Teachers and Students

GTCNI congratulates teachers and students with the release of excellent A Level Results...

14 August 2007

One in four pupils record poor results

Thousands of children are recording poor results in secondary school exams ...

13 August 2007

Ulster class assistants set to vote over further strike action

Schools across Ulster are bracing themselves for major disruption in the new term...

09 August 2007

Figures reveal pupil explusions

Overall, fewer young people are being put out of school permanently...

08 August 2007

Parents from South 'lying for school places'

Parents living in the Republic are lying about their family's address to get their children into schools in Northern Ireland...

08 August 2007

Ruane announces decision on nursery provision

Caitríona Ruane, has turned down proposals to establish nursery provision at maintained primary schools...

06 August 2007

Oxbridge trainee teachers 'twice as likely to get jobs'

Trainee teachers from some universities in England are more than twice as likely to actually end up in the classroom...

03 August 2007

Report reveals NI child poverty

A new report reveals that child poverty in Northern Ireland is even worse than first feared...

02 August 2007

Ruane: we must teach business in schools

Schools must ensure what they teach meets the needs of the business community if a strong economy is to be built in Northern Ireland...

31 July 2007

Ban Video Phones in Schools

Children's commissioner Patricia Lewsley last night called for a ban on mobile phones in schools ...

31 July 2007

Discipline fears raised by lack of male teachers

More than a million pupils in primary schools in the UK have no men teaching them....

31 July 2007

RPA will improve education - Ruane

Caitríona Ruane has told education organisations that she will be leading the reforms, which will improve the administration of education...

30 July 2007

Money needed to repair vandalised schools could pay for 46 teachers

The Department of Education has faced a bill of almost £2m to cover the cost of vandalism at schools ...

30 July 2007

Review of Irish Medium Education should be bold and brave - Ruane

Caitríona Ruane has told the Project Board set up to review Irish-medium education...

27 July 2007

Senior Teaching Posts dominated by men: report

A report by the Republic’s Department of Education found male teachers still get more senior teaching positions than their female colleagues at all levels...

26 July 2007

Thousands of teachers scramble to find jobs

Falling pupil numbers and school closures are blamed for teachers trying to find jobs...

25 July 2007

Bedtime stories a problem for many parents

One in 10 parents struggle to understand the bedtime stories they read to their children...

25 July 2007

Good education equals good business

Caitríona Ruane has highlighted the importance of education in delivering a strong economy...

20 July 2007

Education reforms delayed

A central body for education will be established by April 2009 at the latest...

20 July 2007

Promise of £1,000 for straight As at A-level

A-level students are to be offered cash rewards by Queen’s University Belfast...

20 July 2007

Young teachers fail to get jobs

More than a third of those who qualified as teachers within the last six years have not got jobs...

16 July 2007

Teachers exhausted by heavy workload

Teachers are suffering depression, insomnia and difficulties with their home life because they are overworked...

11 July 2007

Too many men in top school jobs say unions

Men occupy alomost half of all principal posts despite women accounting for the majority of the teaching force...

10 July 2007

Immigration trends raise prospect of Polish school in NI

A first Polish-language school could become a reality with enough children to create a chain of Polish-medium schools across the north...

09 July 2007

NI Teacher Statistics Released

The GTCNI has released it’s 2nd Annual Digest of Statistics ...

09 July 2007

Recruiting male teachers 'will not close gender gap'

The report, Gender and Education: The Evidence on Pupils in England, indicated that there was no case for adopting “boyfriendly” teaching methods in an attempt to close the gender gap....

06 July 2007

New award scheme gets top marks

Year 10 pupils at an Ulster secondary school have participated in a new award scheme...

06 July 2007

Stranmillis Student Teacher Awarded

Sharon Armstrong was Awarded the GTCNI Student Teacher Award ...

05 July 2007

Minister criticises A-levels as limiting

Caitriona Ruane says she prefers the Republic’s more rounded Leaving Certificate to A-levels...

05 July 2007

Unique Troubles textbook published for pupils

It is hoped the book Troubled Images will be employed by teachers in secondary schools...

04 July 2007

Parents up in arms over Executive’s comic book

A comic which aims to promote and defend the rights of children has been criticised by parents...

29 June 2007

40% of School Children Bullied

Nearly half of primary school children in Northern Ireland feel they have been bullied, a new report revealed...

28 June 2007

Ulster's new schools authority won't be meeting its timetable

The minister admitted the deadline to establish the new single education authority for Northern Ireland by April 1 2008, was now highly unlikely...

19 June 2007

Award Winning Teachers

The 2007 Teaching Awards for NI announced the winners at the Waterfront Hall ceremony yesterday...

19 June 2007

Expenditure on DE services over £1.7 Billion says Ruane

Caitriona Ruane, today announced that expenditure on Education in 2006-07 was £1.712billion...

18 June 2007

Booklet Celebrates Teaching Professionals

Teaching: The Reflective Profession launched by the Minister...

15 June 2007

Celebrating the Teaching Profession

GTCNI launches a major competency document for all teachers in Northern Ireland today...

15 June 2007

Guidelines publication for teachers is launched

A new publication has been launched by the General Teaching Council ...

14 June 2007

Schools funding rethink is urged

A change in the funding mechanism of Ulster schools would 'revolutionise' Northern Ireland's education system....

07 June 2007

Ulster school pupils facing uncertain future

A decision from the Assembly is awaited on the crux issue of academic selection ...

06 June 2007

Education must be at the heart of our community

Presbyterian General Assembly is addressed by Caitríona Ruane...

04 June 2007

Primary Schools' fury over planned changes

Half of NI's primary schools are involved in an ongoing row over major education changes ...

31 May 2007

Education review plans to hire more top officials

The head of the planned Education and Skills Authority will be assisted by eight deputies when the new body is launched....

24 May 2007

Revised Curriculum will raise school standards - Ruane

"The revised curriculum being introduced on a phased basis from September 2007 will improve children’s future prospects"...

21 May 2007

"Strong education system is based on committed teachers" - Ruane

Commitment and dedication plays an important role in the lives of young people...

18 May 2007

We must work together, Ruane tells Education Committee

Caitríona Ruane, addresses the Assembly Education Committee ...

17 May 2007

Tories for academic selection in North

The Conservative Party has said it supports the "retention of academic selection and the grammar/secondary school system"...

14 May 2007

'100,000 NI children in poverty'

More than 100,000 children in Northern Ireland - one in four - are living in poverty. ...

10 May 2007

Opportunity for all Children in Education

New education minister underlined her commitment to providing equality of opportunity...

09 May 2007

NASUWT backs strike which may cause chaos

Members of the north's largest teachers' union have said they would support a strike...

04 May 2007

Just one in 40 violent children is expelled

Just one in every 40 pupils who violently attacked their teachers have been expelled, new figures reveal...

03 May 2007

11-plus 'must be a Stormont priority'

The Northern Ireland Assembly must make it a priority to decide what will replace the 11-plus exam...

03 May 2007

VSO seek primary and secondary teachers

VSO to hold an information evening on 22nd May in Belfast for primary and secondary teachers with at least 2 years experience....

01 May 2007

A Passion for Teaching

GTCNI Annual Lecture Monday 30th April 2007 The Great Hall, Queens University Belfast ...

13 March 2007

First Survey of Teachers

The General Teaching Council today released the findings of its first survey of Teachers....

07 December 2006

Cross-nation research into mutual recognition of teaching qualifications

Cross-nation research into mutual recognition of teaching qualifications...

05 October 2006

World Teachers' Day 2006

On World Teachers' Day 2006 we celebrate teachers and their enormous contribution to learning and social development....

03 October 2006

termtalk September 2006

The latest edition of the General Teaching Council newsletter termtalk is now available to download in the publications sections of this website. Anyone who would like to be added to the mailing list for this publication please contact us on (028) 90333390....

25 September 2006

GTCNI By-Election Results

The General teaching Council for Northern Ireland has announced three new members who will serve on the Council for the next four years. They are as follows:...

12 September 2006

GTCNI Co-Sponsor Awards Programme To Honour Outstanding Youth Volunteers

GTCNI co-sponsor awards programme to honour outstanding youth volunteers ...

26 June 2006

GTCNI Election Results - News Release

GTCNI Election Results...

22 June 2006

GTCNI Launches Charter for Education

GTCNI Launches Charter for Education...

16 June 2006

The Pramerica Spirit of Community Awards

Do you have students in your school who deserve to be recognised for their volunteer work? Then encourage them to apply for the Pramerica Spirit of Community Award! This new programme recognises post primary, secondary-level students from both the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland for community service activities, and is co-sponsored by the National Association of Principals and Deputy Principals, (NAPD) and the General Teaching Council for Northern Ireland, (GTCNI). ...

15 March 2006

Leading Education Academic Addressed GTCNI's First Annual Lecture

The body that represents Northern Ireland’s teaching profession has been charged with developing a concept of ‘democratic professionalism’. ...





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