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O’Dowd Opens £1.52million Sports Facility At Saintfield High School

Education Minister John O’Dowd has opened new £1.52million sports accommodation at Saintfield High School, delivered through the School Enhancement Programme. Speaking during the visit, the Minister said: “It is a pleasure to be here today to officially open the new £1.52million sports hall and changing facilities which were provided through…

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Rogers Says Education Minister’s Decision On Youth Council Poses Serious Threat

The SDLP Education spokesperson South DSown MLA Séan Rogers has strongly criticised a decision by the Education Minister John O’Dowd to shut down the “highly valued” Youth Council. Mr Rogers said: “This is an appalling decision by the Education Minister and demonstrates his complete failure to take into account the…

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O’Dowd Congratulates Schools Coming Top Of The Class With Inspection Reports

Schools from Donaghadee to Newry and Castlewellan to Ballykinlar in County Down are among those that are top of the class this year says Education Minister John O’Dowd. More than 100 schools and pre-schools across the north have achieved very good or outstanding inspection reports from the Education and Training…

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STEM Qualifications Critical To Development Of Economy Says O’Dowd

Education Minister John O’Dowd has outlined to the Assembly the importance of STEM subjects within the school curriculum. Speaking during a debate on the issue, the Minister said: “I absolutely recognise the importance to our economy and society of having young people familiar with and qualified in STEM subjects. “My…

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O’Dowd Approves Amalgamation Of Lower Mourne Primary Schools

Education Minister John O’Dowd has approved the amalgamation of St Joseph’s Primary School, Ballymartin, Moneydarragh Primary School and St Mary’s Primary School, Glassdrumman. The three South Down schools will amalgamate on a new site and a new building to accommodate up to 205 pupils will be considered for inclusion in…

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Education Minister invests in Irish Medium Pre-School Sector

Education Minister John O’Dowd is to provide interim funding for pre-school services currently provided by Altram. Over a number of years, Altram has provided a range of specialist support and training services to Irish-medium pre-schools. They will experience a short-fall in their funding for pre-school services following the changes being…

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O’Dowd Encourages Parents To Help Their Children Discover Joy Of Reading

Reading is not just a vital skill – it can open up a world of fun, imagination and learning for children and young people. That was the message from Education Minister John O’Dowd as he helped distribute Bookstart Treasure Packs to nursery school children and their parents today. The Department…

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Figures Show Strategy on Retired Teachers Works – Hazzard

SINN Féin Education spokesperson Chris Hazzard has said that the measures being taking by the Minister John O’Dowd were opening up opportunities for newly qualified teachers. Mr. Hazzard said: “The latest figures that show that retired teachers returning to positions in schools have fallen by over 80% coupled with the recently…

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Major Shake-Up For Primary School Sector Looms

A major shake up for the primary school sector could be on the way across Northern Ireland. NI Education Minister John O’Dowd has acknowledged the publication by Education and Library Boards of their draft primary area plans. The draft plans set out outline proposals for the future of primary level…

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Green Light For Down High School New Build

FOLLOWING the announcement today (Tuesday 22 January ) by NI Education Minister John O’Dowd, Down High School Headteacher Mr Paul Logan said that he and his colleagues were delighted to hear the Minister statement that Down High School is one of the schools to be granted the status of a ‘priority…

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