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Investing in the Teaching Workforce Pilot Scheme

Thirty-one teachers will leave the profession under the Investing in the Teaching Workforce scheme. Departures will take place between December 2017 and March 2018.

Job opportunities for recently qualified teachers will be advertised by the Education Authority and the Council for Catholic Maintained Schools (CCMS) during the week beginning 30 October 2017.

The aim of the pilot scheme is to refresh the teaching workforce by enabling the release of teachers aged 55 years and over whilst providing job opportunities for teachers who have qualified to teach in 2012 up to and including 2016.

An evaluation will be carried out to see if the anticipated benefits have been realised after which the Department will decide on next steps.

The crocuses bloom for St John the Baptist College

The staff and pupils from St John the Baptist College, Portadown, have planted 1000 crocuses this week together with Portadown Rotary Club and the Deputy Lord Mayor, Sam Nicholson.

The Rotary Crocus Campaign is one of the leading international fundraisers for ‘End Polio Now’ and the college was delighted to be have been involved with such a worthy cause. They hope that their fund-raising efforts help to fund and continue this campaign as well as create awareness of how important it is to end polio around the world.

Official Opening of St John the Baptist College, Portadown

On Thursday 21 September 2017 His Grace Archbishop Eamon Martin, Canon Toner and Fr Clarke invited guests, parents, pupils and staff to celebrate the official opening of St John the Baptist’s College in a special Launch Mass at St John the Baptist Church, Portadown.

Holy Trinity College collect Pastoral Award

Holy Trinity College, Cookstown are the proud winners of The Derrytrasna Post Primary Award. Pictured with the award from left to right are Mary Black, Assistant Director of the Public Health Agency, Ashley Henry, Year 10 pupil, Isabel Russell, Principal, Nyah Duffin, Year 9 pupil, Derek Baker, Permanent Secretary of the Department of Education and Brenda Geraghty, Nurture Teacher.

The Derrytrasna Pastoral Care Award is an award for school communities who show exceptional pastoral care for the emotional health and well-being of pupils and their families. Ms Susan Irwin, Educational Psychologist, nominated the school for the award based on the newly established Nurture Provision which they offer to pupils with social, emotional and/or behavioural difficulties.

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Christ the Redeemer celebrates success in the Accelerated Reader programme

On Friday 2 June the children of Christ the Redeemer Primary School, Lagmore celebrated major success in the Accelerated Reader programme.

Accelerated Reader is a computer-based reading assessment programme that helps teachers manage and monitor children's independent reading practice. Each child selects books pitched at their own level as determined by their STAR reading test result. Having read the book the children take a short quiz on the computer to check their understanding of what they have just read. In doing so they build up points towards a differentiated point’s target.

The 'Master School' award is awarded to top performing schools that have a school-wide average of 25 minutes engaged in daily reading time, whilst 80% or more of students enrolled in classes, have 85% or higher average percent correct on their Reading Practice Quizzes.

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St Joseph’s celebrate success in new PE kits

St Joseph's Primary School, Lisburn were delighted to receive new kits for their Netball and Olympic Handball girls teams. The kits were sponsored by Brian Magee of Magee Fitness Belfast, himself a former past pupil and father to Katie (P7) and Darcy (P1). The kits were designed by PE and Active Lifestyles Coordinator Suzanne Gartland and Brian.

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