Contingency admissions criteria urgently needed further to AQE cancellation and apology says Lyttle

Alliance MLA Chris Lyttle has said a contingency admissions criteria for post-primary transfer is urgently needed, after months of frustration and distress for pupils, parents and teachers. Speaking after AQE announced the full cancellation of its tests, Chris, Chair of Stormont’s Education Committee, said: “I acknowledge the AQE apology for the distress caused by persistent […]

Lyttle calls on Education Minister and all parties to show leadership after grammar schools confirm they won’t use transfer tests

Alliance Education spokesperson Chris Lyttle MLA has called on the Education Minister and all parties to show leadership after a number of grammar schools confirmed they would not be using transfer tests this year. Further to an increasing number of schools announcing they would not use tests, Mr Lyttle, Chair of the Assembly Education Committee, said Alliance […]

P7 pupils and parents deserve urgent clarity on transfer contingency plans, says Lyttle

Children due to sit the post-primary transfer tests and their parents deserve urgent clarity on contingency plans now the tests will not proceed as planned, Alliance Education spokesperson Chris Lyttle MLA has said. Mr Lyttle was speaking after AQE and PPTC would not proceed in January, only days before the first was due to take […]

Urgent action needed on Transfer Tests says Lyttle

The Education Minister has failed to take control of post primary transfer this year despite consistent calls for contingency planning throughout the pandemic, Alliance MLA Chris Lyttle has said. The Chair of Stormont’s Education Committee, Mr Lyttle said ‘the Minister, the Association of Quality Education, the Post Primary Transfer Consortium and selective schools have deemed […]

Alliance MLAs have co-signed an Assembly recall petition to address planned school re-openings next week

Education Spokesperson Chris Lyttle MLA has again reiterated calls for a phased return to schools in January, an issue he pushed the Minister on just last week during a special sitting of the Assembly. Mr Lyttle – Chair of the Education Committee – added: “We are in a serious situation, and one which the Education […]

Confidence in Minister’s approach to school restart critically low, says Lyttle

Confidence in the Education Minister’s approach to school restart is critically low, Alliance Education spokesperson Chris Lyttle MLA has said. Mr Lyttle, Chair of the Assembly’s Education Committee, was speaking after Peter Weir gave a statement to the Assembly following the threat of a recall petition by Mr Lyttle. The Minister outlined plan for remote […]

Lyttle submits Assembly recall petition, urging Education Minister to give statement on school issues

Alliance Education spokesperson Chris Lyttle MLA has submitted an Assembly recall petition for the Education Minister to give an urgent statement on the safety of and contingency for school restart, transfer tests and examinations in January. The Chair of the Education Committee has submitted a recall petition, which 30 MLAs must sign in order to […]

Alliance Education Spokesperson Chris Lyttle MLA has praised those who campaigned to see period products supplied in all schools in Northern Ireland

Mr Lyttle, Chair of the Education Committee, was speaking after the Education Minister announced he would move forward with ensuring products would be made available in all schools further to the submission of a petition with 5,000 signatures aimed at tackling period poverty. He added: “This is good news for all who have campaigned to […]

Lyttle questions Education Minister over refusal to cancel or significantly change exam assessments

Alliance Education spokesperson Chris Lyttle has questioned the Education Minister about what level of disruption to pupils caused by the pandemic is he willing to accept before cancelling or significantly altering assessments of GCSE, AS-Level and A-Level grades in 2021. East Belfast MLA Mr Lyttle was speaking after Peter Weir announced minor changes for those […]