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Primary Education

Volume 459: debated on Tuesday 1 May 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland (1) what meetings have taken place between the education boards and primary school teachers on the implementation programme for the revised primary school curriculum for primary 1 and primary 5 classes; (134408)

(2) what training programmes have taken place with teachers in each of the education and library boards on the implementation of the revised primary school curriculum for (a) primary 1 and (b) primary 5 classes.

The education and library boards, as part of the strategic planning by the education partners within the partnership management board (PMB), have provided three days’ training for all Year 1 and Year 5 teachers during 2006-07, with follow-up training planned for the next academic year. Year 1 teachers have also been invited to attend local group meetings relating to Foundation Stage, and Year 5 teachers will receive training during the summer term relating to specific aspects of assessment.

The boards have also been engaging directly with primary principals, as school leaders. Every primary principal has had the opportunity to discuss the implementation of the revised curriculum at a series of face to face meetings, in addition to senior management conferences which began in 2005-06. PMB has also established a principals’ forum as a further means of engaging directly with schools and every school has a dedicated link officer from the boards.