Alliance urges inclusion of North Down Schools in next 20mph scheme

North Down Alliance representatives have called upon the Minister for Infrastructure to include North Down Schools within any further scheme of part time 20 mph speed restrictions outside Schools, after not a single location was selected for introduction of the much needed measures in the North Down area. Commenting on the issue, North Down Alliance […]

Decisive action needed to stop education system failure of children with special educational needs, says Lyttle

Urgent and decisive action is needed to stop the education system failing children with special educational needs (SEN), Chris Lyttle MLA has said, after the Auditor General reiterated the Alliance Education spokesperson’s call for an urgent review of SEN. A report by the Audit Office into progress made by the Department of Education and Education […]

Important authorities provide more clarity on school closure, says Alliance representatives

It is important the Education Authority and Public Health Agency provide more clarity on the reasoning behind a two-week closure of a school in Bangor, Alliance representatives have said. Andrew Muir MLA and Councillor Connie Egan were speaking after St Comgall’s Primary School closed for two weeks after several cases of coronavirus were identified. The […]

Lyttle: Those responsible must find a better way for P7 pupils

Alliance Education Spokesperson Chris Lyttle MLA has said a decision to postpone academic selection tests until January 2021 quashes the Education Minister’s assertion that he has no control over the testing process. Announced on Wednesday, the move saw the Education Minister, the Association for Quality Education (AQE) and the Post Primary Transfer Consortium (PPTC) join […]

Staff must be given resources and support needed to make school restart safe, says Lyttle

Teaching and non-teaching staff must be given the resources and support needed to restart schools safely, Alliance Education spokesperson Chris Lyttle MLA has said. Mr Lyttle was speaking as many pupils in years seven, 12 and 14 had their first day back at school since lockdown, although several schools have remained closed due to positive […]

GCSE grades news means Minister’s refusal to do same for A-Level and AS-Level is untenable, says Lyttle

News GCSE grades will be awarded on teacher assessment means the Education Minister’s refusal to do the same for A-Level and AS-Level is untenable, Alliance Education spokesperson Chris Lyttle MLA has said. Assembly Education Committee Chair Mr Lyttle was speaking following Peter Weir’s decision, which came in the wake of the East Belfast MLA securing […]

Lyttle delighted for A-Level and AS-Level students after Education Minister U-turn

Alliance Education spokesperson Chris Lyttle MLA has said he is delighted for A-Level and AS-Level pupils, after the Education Minister announced a U-turn to award them the highest grade from either teacher predictions or awarded by CCEA. Peter Weir’s reversal came in the wake of an earlier announcement that GCSE students would be based on […]

Decisive action needed to deliver fair grades for all pupils

Alliance Education spokesperson Chris Lyttle MLA, Assembly Education Committee Chair, has said the Minister must act immediately to ensure fair grades for all pupils. Mr Lyttle was speaking after he convened a special meeting of the Committee on Friday morning, allowing an opportunity for Education Minister Peter Weir and exams body CCEA to be quizzed […]

Education Minister must explain how A-Level appeals process will address low grades, says Lyttle

The Education Minister must explain how the appeals process will address the low grades received by many A-Level and AS-Level students here, Alliance Education spokesperson Chris Lyttle MLA has said. More than a third – 37 per cent – of estimated grades allocated by teachers were lowered in the final results, with only 5.3 per […]