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British Council Stronger together opportunity

British Council opportunity for controlled schools

24 May 2023

The British Council's ‘Stronger Together: Strengthening the EU-UK relationship through Youth Engagement’ project offers young people aged 15 – 30 from the UK and EU, the opportunity to connect, cooperate, influence, and implement change on issues of common interest.

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Are the children and young people of Northern Ireland (NI) being used as pawns? 

24 May 2023

NI children and young people continue to receive significantly less towards their education than children in England, Scotland and Wales.

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CSSC present evidence on the funding crisis in NI Education to the NI Affairs Committee

24 May 2023

The Controlled Schools’ Support Council (CSSC) will present evidence on the education funding crisis in Northern Ireland to the NI Affairs Committee at Westminster at 10.30am with EA and NAHT.

CSSC supports all controlled schools which include Nurseries, Primary, Secondary, Grammar, Integrated, Special and Irish-Medium Schools.

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Department of Education statement - The Cost of Division in NI paper

23 May 2023

Link to CSSC's response to The Cost of Division in NI paper published as part of the Transforming Education programme.

A spokesperson for the Department of Education said: “The Controlled Schools Support Council (CSSC) has recently responded to the “The Cost of Division in Northern Ireland” paper published by Ulster University as part of the Transforming Education (TE) programme funded by the Integrated Education Fund.


Derrytrasna Awards May 2023

Three controlled schools recognised for exceptional pastoral care

22 May 2023

Three controlled schools have been recognised for their exceptional pastoral care at a special awards ceremony hosted by the Department of Education and the Public Health Agency.

Tullygally Primary School, Craigavon, Carrick Primary School, Lurgan, and Knockavoe School, Strabane were presented their awards at the Derrytrasna Awards ceremony at Stormont by Dr Mark Browne, Permanent Secretary, Department of Education.

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CSSC response to The Cost of Division in NI paper

09 May 2023

Overall funding for education has already been cut by £70m (2.5%) for the current financial year and the Education Authority has been instructed to identify a further £200m of savings. The solution is future investment in education not the unsubstantiated “£226m” in the Cost of Division paper.

The Department of Education (DE) agrees with CSSC’s analysis of the Transforming Education Paper ‘which it considers to be a flawed and oversimplified analysis’ vastly overinflating the cost of shared education (on average costing DE £4m per annum, not the £95.6m quoted). Read Department of Education NI statement here on the Cost of Division in Northern Ireland paper.