Bradshaw welcomes 300 new nursing and midwifery undergraduate places

Alliance Health spokesperson Paula Bradshaw MLA has welcomed confirmation funding has been secured for 300 additional nursing and midwifery undergraduate places in Northern Ireland for the coming year. Health Minister Robin Swann said the training places would be allocated among local universities and apportioned among the adult, children’s, mental health, learning disability and midwifery fields […]

Not using transfer tests must be given consideration, says Lyttle

Not using transfer tests for post-primary admission must be given serious consideration by the Education Minister, Alliance MLA Chris Lyttle has said, after the AQE organisation postponed the registration date for its transfer test. Registration for P6 pupils has been delayed until May 14, with AQE saying it is to provide clarity for paretns due to the […]

Fairness and equity must be at heart of exam grading process, says Lyttle

Fairness and equity must be at the heart of the process awarding pupils grades in the cancelled GCSE, AS and A-Levels, Alliance Education spokesperson Chris Lyttle MLA has said. It follows Education Minister Peter Weir confirming teachers will predict the grades they think pupils would have achieved, with schools also asked to rank pupils in […]

Tennyson calls on universities to introduce no-detriment policies to mitigate coronavirus impact

Alliance Councillor Eóin Tennyson has called on universities and the Minister for the Economy to introduce ‘no-detriment’ policies to mitigate the impact of coronavirus on students in third level education. Councillor Tennyson, a former Queen’s University student, said it was an anxious time for students, who had had their education severely disrupted by COVID-19. “Our […]

Report from NICCY supports call for independent review of SEN provision – Lyttle

Alliance Education spokesperson Chris Lyttle MLA has welcomed a new report from NICCY into Special Education Needs (SEN) provision in schools. Alliance MLA Chris Lyttle said: “I thank the Children’s Commissioner and team for the extensive work undertaken on this comprehensive investigation of Special Educational Needs provision, which further establishes that the rights of children […]