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McGrath Concerned At Recent DENI Finance Change

Downpatrick SDLP councillor and Assembly candidate Colin McGrath has said that he is concerned at the changes to school financial management that will result in additional pressures being forced on to local schools. Commenting, Councillor McGrath said: ‘This is one of those Ministerial ‘swipe of a pen’ moments in their…

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South Down Teachers Regularly Work Six Days A Week

A growing number of local teachers are regularly working a six-plus day week because of unsustainable workloads, according to a South Down teacher. “This comes as no surprise to local teachers struggling with burgeoning workloads which are just not feasible in the contracted timeframe,” said Diane Nugent from Kilkeel, a…

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Education Minister Cuts First Sods In Dundrum, Carnacaville And Saintfield

Education Minister John O’Dowd has cut the first sods in three school projects in Down District in Saintfield, Dundrum and Carnacaville. In Dundrum, he was present at the start of the development of the £2.49million Knockevin Infants’ Centre. The centre is attached to Knockevin Special School in Downpatrick and the…

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Hazzard Welcomes £1.5 Million Funding To Five Local Schools

South Down Sinn Féin MLA Chris Hazzard has welcomed the announcement of an investment totalling almost £1.5 million to in five Down schools. The Department of Education announced the investment as part of a package of development for schools across the North. Mr Hazzard outlined the capital funding that is…

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Hazzard Welcomes DENI Response To Pupil Absenteeism

Sinn Féin Education Spokesperson Chris Hazzard has welcomed what he describes as a ‘positive response’ from the Department of Education in regards to a recent Public Accounts Committee report into pupil absenteeism. Mr Hazzard said: “The Minister has accepted all six of the Public Accounts Commitee’s recommendations regarding the urgent need…

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Department Publishes Higher Education Statistics

The Department for Employment and Learning has published the following statistical bulletin: Destinations of Leavers from UK Higher Education Institutions: Northern Ireland analysis 2012/13. NI domiciled students from UK Higher Education Institutions (HEIs). *  Six months after leaving, 56% of NI domiciled full-time leavers were in full-time work, 14% in…

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St Patrick’s PS Principal Speaks on Closure Threat

THE news that St Patrick’s Primary School has been put on a list for possible closure in a revamp of primary school organisation across Northern Ireland by the Education Minister John O’Dowd, has shocked the Castlewellan and Bryansford community. Speaking to Down News, school principal James Hunt said that the…

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