Long brings Castlereagh Principals to meet Education Minister on Primary Education

Alliance East Belfast MP Naomi Long has brought several head teachers from the Castlereagh Principals Group to meet the Education Minister John O’Dowd on area planning, common funding formula and early intervention.

Naomi Long MP said: “I felt it was important for the Education Minister to hear directly from Primary School Principals of the consequences that these processes are having on the ground. It is vital for there to be a proper dialogue between the decision makers and those who will be forced to implement any changes.

“The Principals highlighted to the Minister that the lack of cross-sectoral basis of the area planning reports has meant that we have missed an excellent opportunity for the different education sectors to work together and find local solutions. They also highlighted the need for additional resources for the education and library boards and schools to support the process.

“In addition, they highlighted the impact of the common funding formula changes on local schools and stressed the need for account to be taken of special and additional needs in any funding.

“It was a very constructive meeting and the Principals I feel were reassured that the Minister was in listening mode and responded to their comments.

“We now hope that he will take those concerns on board as he develops a way forward on these crucial issues.”


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