Covid Information Posters, Checklists and Bubbles.

The Minister for Education released 2 documents including guidance on the 12th May that Principals and schools may find useful.

The first, which can be accessed here, provides details on Covid information posters, support checklists and the benefits of bubbles in schools.

The second, which can be accessed here, is a helpful Board of Governors checklist on implementation of Covid-19 guidance in schools.

Parkhall Integrated College Poetry Competition

Parkhall Integrated College ran a poetry competition on the theme of “What Does Integration Mean” for Integrated Education Month 2021.

We think the the three below are brilliant, but you will need to judge for yourself (and we are sure – agree as well!). Just a small snippet of the great work by these students but do click on the links for the full poems.

1st Place – Clarke

What does Integration mean to me?

There are many different characters, who go to school each day,
Everyone is equal, all should be treated the same way!

Don’t judge by personality, or by colour of their skin,
Everyone is special, many talents hide within!

Read the full poem here

3rd Place – Emma

What does Integration Mean to You?

It is time for our nation,
To say no to segregation

The younger generation,
Want combined education.
We need to end isolation
And encourage participation.

Read the full poem here

Karl

What Integration Means to Me

If I could feel integration it would feel like a fluffy, feathered pillow, soft and sweet.

If I could taste integration, it would taste like melted cheese, toasted in the grill, a mouth-watering taste.

Read the full poem here

Education Minister Approves Seaview Primary School’s Transformation Proposal

On Friday 12 March 2021, the Minister for Education approved a proposal from Seaview Primary School, Glenarm, to Transform to Integrated status.

The Northern Ireland Council for Integrated Education (NICIE) has been actively involved in exploring how demand for Integrated Education could be met in the wider Glenarm area for a number of years. This has included supporting Seaview Primary School in the development of their proposal, which was published in March 2020. NICIE has also provided ongoing support to the neighbouring Integrated Primary School in Carnlough, which Transformed in 2001.

Chief Executive Officer of NICIE, Roisin Marshall stated: “The Council for Integrated Education welcomes the fact that parental demand for Integrated Education has been recognised in the wider Glenarm area. We congratulate the school community at Seaview PS for all their hard work and look forward to engaging with all stakeholders in the area to develop sustainable Integrated provision, accessible to all families”.

NICIE notes that in reaching the decision, the Department of Education (DE) stated ‘It is acknowledged that, in the long term, further work is required to ensure that Integrated provision in this area is sustainable…’. NICIE would agree with the DE that the Education Authority as managing authority of both the Transformed Seaview PS and Carnlough Integrated PS, should proceed to work with all key stakeholders to build on previous community consultation initiatives in order to future proof integrated provision in the area. NICIE believes that capital funding for a new school building could further support the development of sustainable Integrated provision in the area.

Seaview Primary School will become the 27th school to be approved for Transformation to Integrated status since the legislation was created in 1989. NICIE welcomes engagement with schools of any sector or management type that wish to explore how Integrated Education can enable them to build an intentionally diverse and inclusive sustainable school.

Update on the Return to Schools – March 2021

Update from the Department of Education on the Return to Schools – March 2021

The Minister for Education, Peter Weir MLA, has today released a letter to all schools on the new arrangements for pre-school, nursery and P1-P3. You can read the full letter by clicking here.

The outlines how “pupils in pre-school, nursery and primary schools pupils in P1-P3 will continue to be provided full-time face-to-face teaching until the schools’ planned Easter holidays.”

TNC Joint Statement 2nd March 2021

Joint Statement

Released 2nd March 2021

At a meeting of the Teachers’ Negotiating Committee held today, the Northern Ireland Teachers’ Council (NITC) formally accepted Management Side’s offer for teachers’ pay 2019-20 and 2020-21.

The Agreement reached on pay will give effect to a pay award for all teachers in Northern Ireland of 2% payable from 1 September 2019 and an additional 2% payable from 1 September 2020. The pay award is applicable to all salary scales and teaching allowances.

You can read the full statement at this link.