Lyttle expresses serious concern over Education Authority management changes

Alliance Education spokesperson Chris Lyttle MLA has expressed serious concern after the Education Authority announced changes had taken place to its management arrangements for special educational needs (SEN). Mr Lyttle, Chair of the Assembly’s Education Committee, was speaking after Education Authority officials at today’s sitting of the Committee revealed there had been ‘changes to the […]

School uniform burden will be lifted for many with scheme, says McGrath

A huge burden on families across Antrim and Newtownabbey will be lifted with easier access to pre-worn school uniforms, Alliance’s Julian McGrath has said, after his proposal for a scheme providing them took a step closer to being realised. Alderman McGrath said he was delighted with the backing from Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council’s Community […]

Critical children are given support at school, says Lyttle

It is critical children are given the support they are entitled to at school, Alliance Education spokesperson Chris Lyttle MLA has said. Mr Lyttle, Chair of the Assembly’s Education Committee, was speaking as the Assembly backed an amendment the East Belfast MLA seconded, calling on the Minister of Education to introduce mandatory autism training for […]

Grammar school place uplift still nowhere near sufficient for South Belfast, says Bradshaw

Alliance South Belfast MLA Paula Bradshaw has welcomed news Wellington College will be able to take more pupils for the next school year, but warned plans are nowhere near sufficient to meet rising demand in the constituency. Ms Bradshaw stated: “Clearly, it is welcome Wellington College will be able to admit more pupils, as will […]

Long announces new Alliance spokespersons

Alliance Leader Naomi Long has announced the party’s spokespersons for the new Assembly mandate, saying the party’s representatives will continue working to deliver for the people of Northern Ireland.   Chris Lyttle will continue as Alliance Education spokesperson, chairing the Assembly’s Education Committee, while Paula Bradshaw will remain as Health spokesperson and also take up […]

Great news for Cliftonville Integrated Primary School – McAllister

Alliance Councillor for North Belfast, Nuala McAllister, has welcomed the news that Cliftonville Integrated Primary School will get a share of the £45 million School Enhancement Programme announced by the Education Minister, Peter Weir MLA. Councillor McAllister said: “Cliftonville Integrated Primary School is one of the fastest growing schools, seeing rapid growth in the past […]

School Enhancement Programme welcome but radical education investment and reform urgently needed – Lyttle

Alliance East Belfast MLA Chris Lyttle has welcomed the announcement of a £45 million School Enhancement Programme, but said that a root and branch review of education is necessary to address the wider issues. Chris Lyttle, who is Alliance’s spokesperson on Education has just been appointed Chair of the Assembly Education Committee. He said: “The […]

Lyttle says urgent need for rationalisation of education system

Alliance Education spokesperson Chris Lyttle MLA has said there is an urgent need for the rationalisation of the education system here. Mr Lyttle was speaking after the release of a report entitled Isolated Together, which states mergers between controlled and maintained primary schools would benefit pupils, as well as saving money. It focuses on 32 […]

Departmental Review of Special Educational Needs provision needed

Alliance MLA Chris Lyttle has called for the Department of Education to carry out a review of the Education Authority provision for children with special educational needs. Chris Lyttle said: “As Chair of the All Party Assembly Group on Learning Disability I have been aware of unacceptable difficulties faced by children with special educational needs. […]