Lyttle reiterates call for Ministerial action on schools

Alliance Education spokesperson Chris Lyttle MLA has again called on the Education Minister to provide clear guidance on the planned closure of schools. Mr Lyttle was speaking ahead of Peter Weir appearing at the Assembly Education Committee today (Wednesday). “Covid-19 is an unprecedented public health challenge in response to which we are asking school leaders, […]

Urgent need for radical investment and reform for education system, says Lyttle

There is an urgent need for radical investment and reform to address the financial crisis in education, Alliance MLA Chris Lyttle has said. The Alliance Education spokesperson was speaking ahead of bringing a motion to the Assembly this Tuesday (March 10) calling for an independent review of the education system. It calls on the Education […]

Independent review into Education Authority required after special educational needs report, says Lyttle

A full, independent review into the operation of the Education Authority (EA) is needed, Alliance Education spokesperson Chris Lyttle MLA has said. Mr Lyttle, Chair of the Assembly’s Education Committee, was speaking following the release of an audit report into the EA’s statementing process for special educational needs (SEN) pupils. The report found a series […]

Educating young people about relationships makes for better relationships – Mulholland

“Teaching young people about how to have safe and healthy relationships is not going to put the notion of having sex into their heads – it will however empower them to make educated, informed decisions” says Alliance Councillor Sian Mulholland. Councillor Mulholland was speaking at Belfast City Council during a debate on her motion endorsing […]

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 […]