Lyttle praises hard work of students across NI

Alliance Education Spokesperson Chris Lyttle MLA has praised the hard work and dedication of students and teachers across NI as A-Level results are announced today. Mr Lyttle, Chair of Stormont’s Education Committee, said the past few years have been “extremely challenging” on students and urged FE Colleges, Universities, apprenticeship providers and others to now play […]

Alliance questions why Executive Office Covid press conferences have ceased

Alliance MLA Chris Lyttle has pressed the Health Minister on why regular Executive briefings to provide updates and information on the Covid-19 pandemic have recently been shelved. The MLA for East Belfast questioned Robin Swann on Monday afternoon at the Assembly. He added: “This morning we heard the Chief Medical Officer outline how we are […]

Lyttle welcomes support for his teacher exclusion Bill from Executive Office

Alliance Education spokesperson Chris Lyttle MLA has welcomed support from the Executive Office for his private member’s Bill tackling the exclusion of teachers from fair employment legislation. Mr Lyttle was speaking after raising the matter during question time in the Assembly today (Monday). His Bill, which recently closed following a public consultation, looks to remove […]

Outgoing Minister’s failure to act on transfer unacceptable, says Lyttle

The outgoing Education Minister’s failure to act on post-primary transfer is unacceptable, Alliance Education spokesperson Chris Lyttle MLA has said. Over 23,000 children received news this past weekend regarding their post primary school placement, which followed a number of grammar schools announcing they would not be using transfer test for admissions after they were cancelled […]

Report exposes ministerial inaction on educational disadvantage, says Lyttle

Alliance Education spokesperson Chris Lyttle MLA has said a new report into educational underachievement shows just how much the Education Minister has failed to tackle the issue. The Chair of the Assembly’s Education Committee was speaking as Peter Weir released ‘A Fair Start’. Among its recommendations, it states all children should go to pre-school for […]

Lyttle welcomes political support for PMB to remove discrimination in teaching appointments

Alliance MLA Chris Lyttle has welcomed political support for the repeal of the exception of teachers from the Fair Employment and Treatment Order. Mr Lyttle opened a consultation process on the issue last month and said it was “welcome news” to know other parties now support reform on this issue. He added: “The Alliance Party […]

Lyttle launches consultation to include teachers in fair employment legislation

Alliance MLA Chris Lyttle has launched a consultation into a proposed private member’s Bill to tackle the exclusion of teaching from fair employment legislation. The Fair Employment and Treatment (NI) Order 1998 allows discrimination on the grounds of religious belief in the recruitment of teachers. The East Belfast MLA said he believed there was increasing […]

Alliance representatives meet with Minister to discuss park and ride and greenway plans

Alliance representatives have met with the Infrastructure Minister to discuss recently announced plans regarding the proposed Tillysburn Park and Ride and the Sydenham Greenway. The meeting, which was attended by party representatives from East Belfast and North Down, including Chris Lyttle MLA, Andrew Muir MLA and Councillors Gillian Greer, Martin McRandal, Ross McMullan and Sian […]