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 1740/17-22 – Post-primary school transfer

Mr Patsy McGlone (Mid Ulster): To ask the Minister of Education how he plans to support the transfer of children from primary to post-primary schools in the 2021/22 school year. Minister of Education: In order to support the transfer process and to ensure that parental preference for school sectors is maximised, I have already approved … Continue reading AQO 1740/17-22 – Post-primary school transfer

AQW 13310/17-22 – Shared Island Fund

Mr Patsy McGlone (Mid Ulster): To ask the Minister for the Economy what discussions has she had with the Irish Government in relation to third level opportunities in the north-west region in the context of the new Shared Island Fund. Minister for the Economy: I have had no discussions with the Irish Government in relation … Continue reading AQW 13310/17-22 – Shared Island Fund

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

McGlone: Education Minister is failing pupils, parents and teachers

SDLP MLA for Mid Ulster, Patsy McGlone, has welcomed the news that schools will not return next week and has urged Minister Peter Weir to provide detailed guidance and support for teachers. The Mid Ulster MLA said that it is extremely disappointing that the Minister had to be dragged to this position after the SDLP … Continue reading McGlone: Education Minister is failing pupils, parents and teachers

AQW 9083/17-22 – Incidents of COVID-19 in schools

Mr Patsy McGlone (Mid Ulster): To ask the Minister of Education to detail (i) the total number of incidents of COVID-19 there have been in schools; and (ii) how many schools have had more than one case. Minister of Education: The Public Health Agency (PHA) has been collecting data on the number of COVID school … Continue reading AQW 9083/17-22 – Incidents of COVID-19 in schools