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

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

AQO 917/17-22 – COVID-19 testing in schools

Mr Patsy McGlone (Mid Ulster): To ask the Minister of Education for his assessment of the need for COVID-19 testing facilities in schools. Minister of Education: In consultation with the Department of Health and Public Health Agency, I can confirm there are currently no plans to introduce COVID-19 testing facilities in schools. Testing should continue … Continue reading AQO 917/17-22 – COVID-19 testing in schools

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

AQW 6055/17-22 – School Transport

Mr Patsy McGlone (Mid Ulster): To ask the Minister of Education what guidance and support he intends to provide for students and parents in rural areas who rely on school transport. [Priority Written] Minister of Education: My Department published guidance on the New School Day on 13 August which contains details of the plans for … Continue reading AQW 6055/17-22 – School Transport

AQW 5126/17-22 – Social distancing and personal care in ASD units

Mr Patsy McGlone (Mid Ulster): To ask the Minister of Education, given the current recommendation for social distancing, how he plans to address the need for pupils in ASD units to receive personal and intimate care throughout the school day. Minister of Education: All educational settings will adhere to Public Health Authority (PHA) guidance on … Continue reading AQW 5126/17-22 – Social distancing and personal care in ASD units