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  • Education News and Issues in Northern Ireland - BelfastTelegraph.co.uk
    wildlife films From fitting pipes to filming underwater Kieran McCormick has transformed his career thanks to mature study at the Ulster University Warning on surplus school places More than 70 000 school places in Northern Ireland are surplus to requirements the audit office warned Ulster University graduations Rebekah stands out Getting ahead in today s tough economic climate is about standing out and that is exactly what Ulster University s Rebekah Deacon has done Ulster University graduations June 29 2015 full list of awards Full list of graduates at the Ulster University graduations June 29 2015 Ulster University graduates ready to celebrate Filled with hope and dreams for the future Northern Ireland newest graduates will celebrate their achievements over the next week and a half Graduates now facing record debt of 30 000 New graduates can expect debt of more than 30 000 after leaving university according to a survey Belfast Telegraph helps build bridges at new school Breda Academy Pupils at Breda Academy are building bridges with the Belfast Telegraph ahead of the school s historic opening in September Education report into Protestant children s underachievement can t be shelved says PUP The author of a new Progressive Unionist Party report into educational underachievement among Protestant working class children says the findings of the study must not be allowed to gather dust on the Government s shelf Record Breaking Science on show at Northern Ireland s largest science fair Northern Ireland s largest science fair will take place at Ulster University Jordanstown for the first time next Tuesday as it plays host to the Sentinus Young Innovators Exhibition incorporating the regional Big Bang UK science and engineering fair University to slash student numbers A Northern Ireland university is to cut student numbers by 1 200 and staff by 210 due to a funding crisis it has blamed squarely on the region s political leaders more Previous 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Next Most Read Most Shared Most Commented Exclusive Northern Ireland schools league tables Catholic grammars lead the way at GCSE Education Every one of Northern Ireland s top five schools is a Catholic grammar Education Grammar schools GCSE league tables for Northern Ireland how did yours fare Education Your A Level English Literature What the examiners are looking for Education Parents unaware vice principal of college had spied on police for IRA Education Pregnant woman booted off Belfast bus in blizzard because she didn t have change Northern Ireland Woman s body found on the M2 in Belfast near Bellevue Bridge Northern Ireland Cannabis oil transformed life of terminally ill brain tumour man Kieran McCrory Northern Ireland The Troubles gallery 40 years of conflict in Northern Ireland from the Belfast Telegraph Events More than 500 000 watch Drumquin Northern Ireland men s sofa struggles Northern Ireland James McClean involved in a touchline spat with Everton fan at Goodison Park Sinn Fein Northern chair steps down and replaced by Gerry Adams ex body guard

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  • Education News and Issues in Northern Ireland - BelfastTelegraph.co.uk
    school that is over subscribed The new academic year is only three months away but 121 children have no school to go More than 100 children in Northern Ireland have not secured a place at a secondary school just three months before the new academic year and some have been offered places in schools up to 60 miles away Pledge to parents on nursery allocations The Department of Education has vowed to help the parents of the 39 pre school children who have not yet managed to secure a nursery place Parents in legal fight over plan to close Avoniel Primary School A group of east Belfast parents are set to take Education Minister John O Dowd to court over his decision to close their school Queen s University Belfast does not record sexual violence against students Queen s University does not record allegations of rape sex assault or sexual harassment reported by students the Belfast Telegraph can reveal East Belfast parents told their local schools are full but they can have a place in Children in east Belfast who cannot get into their local school are being offered the option of enrolling in another 60 miles away it can be revealed Belfast parents given one week to decide on new school for their children Angry parents are set to demonstrate outside an east Belfast primary school tomorrow after being given just a week to choose another school for their children Exam boards told to rewrite GCSE maths tests that are too hard Exam boards have been ordered to write new GCSE maths papers after an investigation concluded they were too hard for many students Loughries Primary School will switch to integrated Cross community education has been given a boost with one primary school allowed to switch to integrated status and another given the green light to increase pupil numbers Treasured stories of real life buccaneers In fiction and in real life they were fearsome characters who ruled the high seas robbing ships of their treasure Ships Ahoy week 2 Unsinkable Titanic ignored six iceberg alerts The fateful maiden voyage of Titanic in April 1912 is one of the best known stories in the world Construction of the Titanic started in 1909 and took three years to complete The hull was launched in Belfast on May 31 1911 when 100 000 people turned out to watch more Previous 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Next Most Read Most Shared Most Commented Exclusive Northern Ireland schools league tables Catholic grammars lead the way at GCSE Education Every one of Northern Ireland s top five schools is a Catholic grammar Education Grammar schools GCSE league tables for Northern Ireland how did yours fare Education Your A Level English Literature What the examiners are looking for Education Parents unaware vice principal of college had spied on police for IRA Education Pregnant woman booted off Belfast bus in blizzard because she didn t have change Northern Ireland Woman s body

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  • Education News and Issues in Northern Ireland - BelfastTelegraph.co.uk
    introduced by Belfast City Council Computer code stars input their formula for success It s the language of the IT world Now pupils and teachers are encouraged to learn computer code in order to pass on these vital skills to the next generation Queen s University medical students go back to primary school to teach the fun of science Young medical students take on the challenge to teach primary school children in Northern Ireland all about science and why it s fun to learn about the mind and body Proud pupils set off on stroll through history to mark school s centenary There was an exciting step back in time for the children of St Joseph s Primary School in Crumlin as they celebrated the establishment s centenary Children s chief blasts transfer tests but admits her own kids took them Children s Commissioner Koulla Yiasouma has launched an attack on unofficial transfer tests used by grammar schools yet admitted her own children sat them UK falls off perch in list of top young universities The UK has lost its position as the best place in the world for top young universities according to new international rankings David Meade performs gravity defying stunt in Belfast Top illusionist and television mentalist David Meade has produced a gravity defying stunt in Belfast city centre Queen s maintains lead over Ulster University but gap is narrowing Queen s University Belfast has maintained its lead over Ulster University in UK league tables but the gap between the two is narrowing Queen s University student s talk on the science of love wins FameLab competition A Queen s University student has been crowned the winner of the science communication competition FameLab UK Belfast s 150m Ulster University campus contract to be joint venture A joint venture by Lagan Construction Group and Somague one of Europe s biggest builders has won the 150m contract for phase two of Ulster University s new Belfast campus Pupils and staff at Friends School Lisburn brighten up their day with a colour run Pupils from Friends School in Lisburn have taken part in a colourful event to raise funds for charity more Previous 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Next Most Read Most Shared Most Commented Exclusive Northern Ireland schools league tables Catholic grammars lead the way at GCSE Education Every one of Northern Ireland s top five schools is a Catholic grammar Education Grammar schools GCSE league tables for Northern Ireland how did yours fare Education Your A Level English Literature What the examiners are looking for Education Parents unaware vice principal of college had spied on police for IRA Education Pregnant woman booted off Belfast bus in blizzard because she didn t have change Northern Ireland Woman s body found on the M2 in Belfast near Bellevue Bridge Northern Ireland Cannabis oil transformed life of terminally ill brain tumour man Kieran McCrory Northern Ireland The Troubles gallery 40 years of conflict in Northern Ireland

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  • Exclusive: Northern Ireland schools league tables - Catholic grammars lead the way at GCSE but top schools failing at A-level - BelfastTelegraph.co.uk
    Church who are determined to move their schools away from academic selection Lumen Christi in Londonderry which uses academic selection at 11 has for the fourth year since our tables began been at the very top It achieved 100 pass rate at GCSE and 87 5 at A Level Rathmore Grammar in south Belfast another user of academic selection also achieved a 100 pass rate at GCSE as well as a 88 1 pass rate at A level St Dominic s in west Belfast which also continues to use the unauthorised transfer tests has maintained its standing as an academic front runner Its girls have emerged from the 2014 exams among the top performers in Northern Ireland The school which counts Belfast Lord Mayor Nichola Mallon among its alumni was the second best performer at A level with a pass rate of 94 and ninth at GCSE with a 99 3 pass rate St Dominic s principal Carol McCann told the Belfast Telegraph that there is a long tradition of success at the school but emphasised that academic results are not the be all and end all There is a very long tradition in the school of girls achieving very highly she said Since the school was established in 1870 that tradition has been there building girls up confidence wise and instilling a high academic focus But the school has always been about much more than just an academic focus it s also about developing the individual Currently our emphasis is not just on girls with great results it has to be about so much more We encourage the girls to be involved in a range of competitions and activities We have an awards ceremony in September and we dedicate a whole ceremony to non academic awards because when we used to combine it with academic awards it nearly took over the whole night it s such a big occasion Mrs McCann attributed the success of the school to parental support and her hard working staff She said the school also runs additional study nights up to four times a week according to demand The principal added that the current league table success is a welcome affirmation of the school s forward looking educational policy At the end of the day there s a huge range of factors that contribute to that success but I think you are quids in if you get pupils off to a good start and this has always been part of the DNA of the school she said Related Content Top of the class school that s set to close The only means to make a comparison From the web Sponsored Videos Your Comments COMMENT RULES Comments that are judged to be defamatory abusive or in bad taste are not acceptable and contributors who consistently fall below certain criteria will be permanently blacklisted The moderator will not enter into debate with individual contributors and the moderator s decision is final It is Belfast Telegraph policy

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  • Every one of Northern Ireland's top five schools is a Catholic grammar - BelfastTelegraph.co.uk
    good GCSEs And just 91 44 schools had half or more of their pupils achieve five GCSEs including English and Maths at grades A to C WHICH SCHOOLS ARE TOP OF THE CLASS Top five grammar schools Lumen Christi College Londonderry Our Lady s Grammar Newry Rathmore Grammar Finaghy St Joseph s Grammar Donaghmore St Mary s Grammar Magherafelt Top five non grammars St Catherine s College Armagh Rathfriland High St Patrick s High Keady St Patrick s Co Ed Comprehensive Maghera St Patrick s College Banbridge Top five boys schools Portora Royal Enniskillen St Patrick s Grammar Downpatrick St Malachy s College Belfast St Colman s College Newry St Columb s College Derry Top five girls schools Our Lady s Grammar Newry Loreto Grammar Omagh Collegiate Grammar Enniskillen Thornhill College Derry Strathearn Belfast Top five integrated schools Slemish College Ballymena Drumragh Integrated College Omagh New bridge Integrated College Loughbrickland Sperrin Integrated College Magherafelt Lagan College Belfast Top five Catholic grammar schools Lumen Christi College Londonderry Our Lady s Grammar Newry Rathmore Grammar Finaghy St Joseph s Grammar Donaghmore St Mary s Grammar Magherafelt Top five non denominational grammar schools Sullivan Upper Holywood Collegiate Grammar School Enniskillen Portora Royal Enniskillen Friends Lisburn Ballymena Academy Top five Catholic non grammar schools St Catherine s College Armagh St Patrick s High Keady St Patrick s Co Ed Comprehensive Maghera St Patrick s College Banbridge St Colmcille s High Crossgar Top five controlled non grammar schools Rathfriland High Aughnacloy High Kilkeel High Dromore High Ballycastle High Compiled by Lindsay Fergus For the full league table see today s Belfast Telegraph More must be done to close peformance gap O Dowd THE Education Minister has admitted that despite rising standards much more needs done He told the Belfast Telegraph This continuing improvement is welcome news However it is obvious that there is much more that needs done I am clear that I want to see not only a growth in standards but also a closing of the performance gap John O Dowd attributed the improving picture to a number of factors including the department s ongoing focus on raising educational outcomes for young people However despite the success of grammar schools and particularly Catholic grammar schools Mr O Dowd said I want to see every child fulfil his or her potential and am committed to driving out the inequities that still exist within our system More resources will be targeted to help schools provide support for young people from disadvantaged backgrounds in order to reduce the level of educational underachievement that persists and break the link between social disadvantage and low educational outcomes he explained He added The continued use of academic selection by grammar schools is also a barrier to addressing educational underachievement in disadvantaged communities The campaign to end academic selection is not only an educational issue it is an equality issue Mervyn Storey chairman of the Assembly s Education Committee and Education spokesman for the DUP has also welcomed the improving standards but claimed they highlight an inequality in the system which is now impacting on schools and pupils He stated The maintained sector has benefited from additional support structures for school improvement for some considerable time Not only do they receive substantial support from the Boards but for the last 20 years CCMS has been resourced to support the Catholic maintained schooling system This has also meant that the sector has had a body which could be a strong advocate for additional resources to meet the needs of its schools It is now time for the minister to establish an effective controlled schools body which can support this sector in bringing about similar and sustained improvements This is the real equality issue at the heart of our education system to which the minister needs to turn his attention How we gathered data and calculated rankings THE Department of Education collects a range of data on the performances of pupils at GCSE level We as in the previous two years decided to use the Government benchmark of five GCSEs including English and Maths at grades A to C as this is also recognised as the standard required to secure most employment Because that is the desired minimum level for every pupil regardless of what school they attend we opted to feature all 206 post primary schools five less than last year in one table and use the Northern Ireland average We have also indicated what type of school it is grammar or non grammar Although we have put the schools in numerical order based on the percentage of pupils achieving five GCSES including English and Maths at grade C or above the picture is generally more complex than the ranking suggests The data has been taken from the Northern Ireland School Census Summary of Annual Examination Results provided by the Department of Education which includes GCSEs and equivalent qualifications The figures also include pupils with Special Educational Needs Our information lists The school s rank based solely on the percentage of pupils that achieved five GCSEs including English and Maths at grades A C School name School location The percentage of pupils that achieved five GCSEs or equivalents including English and Maths at grades A to C in the 2012 13 school year The percentage of pupils who are entitled to free school meals which is used as an indicator of pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds The percentage of pupils who are recognised as having Special Education Needs Whether a school is a grammar or non grammar Up down or same is a year on year comparison 2012 13 to 2011 12 of how many pupils achieved five GCSEs including English and Maths at grades C and above And the last column shows where we ranked the school in 2013 Further reading How five schools fared in the GCSE rankings Why abolish grammar schools when other areas need attention Related Content Why tinker with success when other areas need attention From the

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  • Grammar schools GCSE league tables for Northern Ireland - how did yours fare? - BelfastTelegraph.co.uk
    Gemma s High Belfast and St Peter s High Derry Four of them excluding Garvagh High and Lisnagarvey High are earmarked for closure Don t fool yourself about the worth of good grades There is much debate about the use of school league tables with many including the Department of Education and some schools opposed to their publication But the Belfast Telegraph s annual league table provides parents with information on the exam performance of every post primary school in Northern Ireland Let s not fool ourselves about the importance of exam performance The department sets annual targets for the percentage of pupils it wants to achieve five GCSEs including English and maths at grades A to C Industry generally dictates that the minimum requirement for a job is five good GCSEs A pupil needs good GCSE results if they want to progress to studying A levels in the hope of securing a university place And if the results of exams aren t important why then are at least five of seven of the schools at the bottom of our league table under threat of closure from the education authorities So it is right that the Belfast Telegraph produces league tables They highlight schools that are performing well those that are average and others which are totally failing pupils Exam results should be considered in conjunction with other information inspection reports open nights pastoral care records etc Parents need to bear in mind that a school could have a high percentage pass rate but a small number of pupils some schools use academic selection while others don t not all schools offer the same subjects and some schools are catering for children from socially disadvantaged backgrounds or with special educational needs The league tables do allow parents to ask questions of the schools their board of governors principals and education authorities Why is my local school underperforming What is the reason for its improvement Why has it deteriorated or why is one school with a high percentage of pupils entitled to free school meals performing better than a similar school Questions also need to be asked of the grammar sector Why do just 1 4 of grammar schools have 100 pass rate for five GCSEs including English and maths when they select the most academically gifted children at 11 It is a poor reflection that less than half of our grammar schools improved in 2012 on the percentage of pupils achieving five good GCSEs compared to 2011 And the results in the non selective sector also marginally down on the previous year prove not enough is being done to improve the life chances of secondary school pupils The fact that only 36 2 of pupils achieved five good GCSEs including English and maths shows the department s current policy is failing Level of underachievement is still too high The level of underachievement in Northern Ireland s post primary schools including our grammars is still too high the Education Minister has admitted John O Dowd insisted that exam results were moving in the right direction but said more needs to be done School attainment statistics are important and it is encouraging that the performance of our pupils has continued to improve in recent years In 2006 only 53 of young people left school with the benchmark of five or more GCSEs at A C including English and maths This figure has now risen to 60 he said We are moving in the right direction but the levels of underachievement are still much too high and work is ongoing to tackle this important issue We have many high achieving schools both selective and non selective however it is true that there are also many under performing schools League tables can never reflect the true state of educational provision and mask the fact that many pupils are underachieving The Programme for Government has targets set to increase the overall proportion of young people who achieve at least five GCSEs at grades A C or equivalent including English and maths by the time they leave school to 66 by 2015 Mr O Dowd said I have in place a coherent set of policies designed to improve educational outcomes for young people and to address the root causes when pupils are not achieving to their full potential Results show these policies are having an impact but the challenge now is to ensure their effective implementation so the improvement in educational outcomes continues especially for disadvantaged pupils However the chairman of Stormont s Education Committee has warned the figures highlight the challenges that remain Mervyn Storey who is also the DUP s education spokesman said Many young people especially those from socially disadvantaged communities and those who have special needs struggle to achieve in this narrow context at 16 yet the minister and Department has failed to recognise or ignored this I have been asking the minister to consider a value added approach to measuring achievement but this has fallen on deaf ears How we gathered data and calculated rankings The Department of Education collects a range of data on pupils performance at GCSE We decided to use the Government benchmark of five GCSEs including English and maths at grades A to C as this is also recognised as the standard required to secure most employment Because that is the desired level for every pupil regardless of what school they attend we opted to feature all 211 post primary schools two less than last year in one table and use the Northern Ireland average Although the schools are in numerical order depending on how many pupils achieved five good GCSEs including English and maths the picture is generally more complex than the ranking suggests We have included information on the percentage of pupils entitled to free school meals which is used as an indicator of pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds and the percentage of pupils with special educational needs This year we have also listed whether the

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  • Your A Level English Literature: What the examiners are looking for - BelfastTelegraph.co.uk
    development and conclusion Your introduction is a signpost telling the examiner what they should expect Engage directly with the key terms and state what your response is going to argue This provides a confident opening and the examiner will anticipate that you will stay on track In the development each paragraph should open with a topic sentence which indicates the aspect of your argument now being dealt with Use short embedded quotations to support your points Avoid lapsing into narrative or description There are no marks for telling the story Be specific Select knowledge that is relevant to your key terms Beware of regurgitating too many teacher resources Often these ill digested notes expose poor understanding of the text Only write down what you understand Don t crow bar in answers that you ve memorised Examiners can detect these Don t answer the question you wished you d been given Select what is relevant to this question Your conclusion should draw your points together without needless repetition This should be the logical culmination of all your preceding points Leave time to proof read your answer Crucial errors may be picked up here Skilled candidates adapt their knowledge to meet the specific question It is what you do with all you have learned in your study of English Literature that will determine whether you can push that C to a B that B to an A and even that A to an A From the web Sponsored Videos Your Comments COMMENT RULES Comments that are judged to be defamatory abusive or in bad taste are not acceptable and contributors who consistently fall below certain criteria will be permanently blacklisted The moderator will not enter into debate with individual contributors and the moderator s decision is final It is Belfast Telegraph policy to close comments on court cases tribunals and active legal investigations We may also close comments on articles which are being targeted for abuse Problems with commenting customercare belfasttelegraph co uk Powered by Livefyre Please enable JavaScript to view the comments powered by Livefyre Read More My place my people Week three County Derry Londonderry This page has been specially written for those thousands of school children who are doing the Belfast Telegraph Newspapers in Education project My Place My People Over the six weeks of the project we will be looking at each county in Northern Ireland Today we consider Praise for move to increase enrolment at Belfast s Strandtown Primary By Rebecca Black A decision to increase enrolment at an east Belfast primary school that was plunged into crisis last year has been hailed as common sense English not the first language of more than 600 pupils at Tyrone primary school By Adrian Rutherford and Rebecca Black A Northern Ireland primary school has more than 600 pupils who do not have English or Irish as their first language Belfast schools Little Flower and St Pat s take amalgamation fight to MLAs By Rebecca Black Two north Belfast secondary

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  • Parents unaware vice-principal of college had spied on police for IRA - BelfastTelegraph.co.uk
    s College last night defended Miss McLaughlin s appointment saying that she was the most qualified for the role of vice principal A spokeswoman for the school added As with all our employment procedures everything was carried out in accordance with both the law and relevant statutory agencies St Mary s school principal Marie Lindsay also said Whilst I am aware of the background to this particular matter I do not consider it appropriate to comment further on personal information relating to individual members of staff A CCMS spokeswoman said The council in ratifying this appointment was satisfied that the Board of Governors followed all the relevant procedures The school and the CCMS were asked by the Belfast Telegraph if any moves had been taken to advise parents of Miss McLaughlin s conviction However neither commented on this The Department of Education also declined to comment on whether it believed it was appropriate for someone with a terrorist conviction to be allowed to teach A spokesman for the department commented Teachers are appointed to posts by the body responsible for the management of the school in which the vacancy has arisen The Department of Education does not appoint teachers From the web Sponsored Videos Read More My place my people Week three County Derry Londonderry This page has been specially written for those thousands of school children who are doing the Belfast Telegraph Newspapers in Education project My Place My People Over the six weeks of the project we will be looking at each county in Northern Ireland Today we consider Praise for move to increase enrolment at Belfast s Strandtown Primary By Rebecca Black A decision to increase enrolment at an east Belfast primary school that was plunged into crisis last year has been hailed as common sense English not the first language of more than 600 pupils at Tyrone primary school By Adrian Rutherford and Rebecca Black A Northern Ireland primary school has more than 600 pupils who do not have English or Irish as their first language Belfast schools Little Flower and St Pat s take amalgamation fight to MLAs By Rebecca Black Two north Belfast secondary schools have taken their campaign against amalgamation to Stormont Most Read Most Shared Most Commented Exclusive Northern Ireland schools league tables Catholic grammars lead the way at GCSE Education Every one of Northern Ireland s top five schools is a Catholic grammar Education Grammar schools GCSE league tables for Northern Ireland how did yours fare Education Parents unaware vice principal of college had spied on police for IRA Education Your A Level English Literature What the examiners are looking for Education Woman s body found on the M2 in Belfast near Bellevue Bridge Northern Ireland Cannabis oil transformed life of terminally ill brain tumour man Kieran McCrory Northern Ireland Pregnant woman booted off Belfast bus in blizzard because she didn t have change Northern Ireland More than 500 000 watch Drumquin Northern Ireland men s sofa struggles Northern Ireland Boot

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