AQW 29794/17-22 – Standardising pre-school education session length

Mr Patsy McGlone (Mid Ulster): To ask the Minister of Education, pursuant to AQW 28471/17-22, AQW 28472/17-22, AQW 28473/17-22, AQW 28474/17-22 and AQW 28566/17-22, (i) when her Department will undertake a detailed scoping study to accurately assess standardising pre-school education session length; and (ii) for an implementation timeline. Minister of Education: The timing and parameters … Continue reading AQW 29794/17-22 – Standardising pre-school education session length

AQO 3138/17-22 – Area Planning Rural Schools

Mr Patsy McGlone (Mid Ulster): To ask the Minister of Education what protections exist to ensure rural schools are not disproportionately impacted by area planning. Minister of Education: Area Planning is a statutory process, requiring comprehensive and meaningful consultation before and after any Development Proposal (DP) is published. The Case for Change (CfC) that sets … Continue reading AQO 3138/17-22 – Area Planning Rural Schools

AQWs on Childcare Provision

Mr Patsy McGlone (Mid Ulster): (AQW 28471 17-22) To ask the Minister of Education what plans does she have to match the number of hours of free childcare or pre-school education provided in England, Scotland, and Wales; (AQW 28472 17-22) To ask the Minister of Education when was the last independent review of the provision … Continue reading AQWs on Childcare Provision

AQO 2863/17-22 – Additional COVID-19 funding for childcare sector

Mr Patsy McGlone (Mid Ulster): To ask the Minister of Education to outline the additional funding that will be provided to the childcare sector due to COVID-19 pressures. Minister of Education: From 1 April 2020 to 30 September 2021, my Department paid approximately £37m Covid-19 funding to the childcare sector via two separate funding schemes … Continue reading AQO 2863/17-22 – Additional COVID-19 funding for childcare sector

McGlone Calls for Plan to Tackle Back-to-School Costs

SDLP MLA for Mid Ulster, Patsy McGlone, has called on the Education Minister Michelle McIlveen to produce a plan to tackle the ‘back to school’ costs that are pushing more and more families into debt. The call came after it was revealed that over one third of parents had been pushed into debt as a … Continue reading McGlone Calls for Plan to Tackle Back-to-School Costs

McGlone Calls on Minister to Support Special Education Sector

SDLP MLA for Mid Ulster, Patsy McGlone, has called on the Minister to provide extra resources to special education schools to combat the Covid-19 pandemic. The Mid Ulster MLA questioned the Education Minister on the level of support provided by his Department during the Assembly ad hoc meeting last week. Mr McGlone said, "The special … Continue reading McGlone Calls on Minister to Support Special Education Sector