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 […]

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 […]