COVID-19 Advice and Guidance

COVID -19 advice and guidance from the Department of Education.

***Update on 3rd April 2020***

The minister for Education has today sent out a letter regarding schools staying open for vulnerable children and those of key workers. You can read the letter here.

Further to the 1st April update, the Department of Education has provided further details on “Clustering”. They have provided the following:

“As an initial step the Department would be grateful if schools interested in a cluster arrangement or those already involved in a cluster arrangement could send confirmation by email to C19clusters@education-ni.gov.uk by 12 noon 3 April 2020.”

There will be further communication soon on the “clustering” including links to an Expression of Interest form and further guidance.

***Updated on 1st April 2020***

The Minister for Education and Department of Education have released guidance to schools on “clustering”. This is to ensure there “are sustainable arrangements and sufficient places for vulnerable children and the children of key workers during the Covid-19 crisis”. You can read the full details behind this on the Department of Education website here and the guidance for schools here.

You can also find information on schools that are open to support vulnerable children and those of key workers, as of the 30th March 2020, at the Department of Education website as well at this link.

We will update this page as and when we receive information from the Department of Education, but please note the “updated” date at the top of the page. Any communication from the Department of Education on the ongoing situation should be consulted in the first instance.

In regards to training events through NICIE, conferences etc, we will update the relevant pages on our website and post notification via social media as well as notify attendees via email and/or phone where possible. If you are unsure about a course or meeting please contact us.

At the moment we can confirm that the APTIS Spring Conference 2020 has been postponed as per the information here.

Day 2 and 3 of the Anti-Bias training, scheduled for the 18th and 19th March 2020 has also been postponed.

We will also update this list when we have more information.


Update from 30th March 2020

Minister for Education, Peter Weir MLA, has today sent out a letter to all principals

Minister Weir also put out a call for support in schools that are staying open to accommodate the children of key workers on the evening of the 27th March. This is important to support both the teaching and non-teaching staff in those schools who are staying open. You can read his full letter here. The Minister and Department of Education have also provided updated guidance on this call here.

And if you are able to help support our wonderful school staff you can find an application form here.

We will update this page as and when we receive information from the Department of Education, but please note the “updated” date at the top of the page. Any communication from the Department of Education on the ongoing situation should be consulted in the first instance.

In regards to training events through NICIE, conferences etc, we will update the relevant pages on our website and post notification via social media as well as notify attendees via email and/or phone where possible. If you are unsure about a course or meeting please contact us.

At the moment we can confirm that the APTIS Spring Conference 2020 has been postponed as per the information here.

Day 2 and 3 of the Anti-Bias training, scheduled for the 18th and 19th March 2020 has also been postponed.

We will also update this list when we have more information.

***Please also note that previous updates, including links to letters from the Minister for Education, information on from the Department of Education and information from he education authority can be found at this page***