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Education Committee today at Stormont

The Education Committee met today via Zoom and its deliberations made for interesting viewing. 

It is reassuring to know that matters of real concern to parents, pupils, governors, and staff are all under consideration. it is however important that we correspond with our elected representatives to influence policy going forward.

During today's 2.5 hour committee the following matters were discussed: 

AQE/GL tests; impact of Covid-19; testing and contact tracing; managing a case of Covid in school; a phased return of pupils; PPE; achieving social distancing in schools; unique issues facing nursery, Yr1 and special schools; cleaning issues; staffing the phased return; procedures and protocols; risk assessments; health and safety; mental health and wellbeing of pupils and staff; need for counselling in primary schools; a social and emotional curriculum; remote learning; 'blended' learning approach - in school and remotely; IT hardware considerations and equality of opportunity; free School Meals; school budgetary pressures; role of Education and Training Inspectorate; support services; Danish model for phased return; school reports; teacher salaries; furlough option for sub teachers.

And more besides.

In addition the Castlereagh Primary Principals' Group has submitted a 30 page document to the Minister for consideration in respect of much of the above.