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Fleming Fulton pupil Zoe receives Blue Peter badge

Blue Peter star!

29 June 2021

Year 8 pupil at Fleming Fulton School, Zoe was delighted to be awarded a Blue Peter ‘blue’ and ‘green’ badge.

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Ballycastle Shared Education Campus receives planning permission

28 June 2021

Ballycastle High School and Cross and Passion College have gained planning approval from Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council for a Ballycastle Shared Education Campus.

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£35.7 million Special Educational Needs (SEN) funding welcomed

28 June 2021

The Controlled Schools’ Support Council (CSSC) welcomes the announcement from the Minister for Education, Michelle McIlveen, that Special Educational Needs (SEN) has been allocated an additional £35.7 million in the June monitoring round process.

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Lisneal College Principal presented with Pearson Silver Award

28 June 2021

The Lisneal College community celebrated as their Principal, Mr Michael Allen was recently presented with a Pearson Silver Award by Mr Peter Eakin, Chairperson of the Lisneal College Board of Governors.

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Applications now open for Science in Schools grant scheme

25 June 2021

The 2021 Royal Institution (RI) Science in Schools grant scheme is now open. The RI Science in Schools UK wide grants are awarded annually, offering free visits from professional presenters worth £800.

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Message from new CSSC CEO Mark Baker  

22 June 2021

It is a privilege to become Chief Executive of CSSC. I am delighted to join a well-established team and to continue to work with all our partners across the education sector.

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Play in practice

18 June 2021

Controlled nursery schools and primary schools came together on the afternoon of Wednesday 9 June to demonstrate how their settings have facilitated playful learning opportunities for their children during the current pandemic.

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CSSC congratulates Queen’s Birthday 2021 Honours recipients

11 June 2021

Robin McLoughlin, Principal, Banbridge Academy and one of CSSC’s first Council members is among those in controlled education recognised in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list. Honours are given to people from all walks of life and all sections of society who have made a difference to their community. 

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Research finds Covid-19 restrictions impact on children’s play

10 June 2021

The impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on the quality of play within early years classrooms, as well as the impact on children’s engagement, social interaction and emotional well-being was focus of a new report.

RSPB competition 2021

Calling all artists!

10 June 2021

Whether you're a complete beginner, budding artist or have a wealth of experience, Royal Society for Protection of Birds NI (RSPB NI) is calling on artists of all ages to use their skills to illustrate a nature rich and climate safe future they want to see for Northern Ireland, as part of its Revive Our World campaign.