While political parties consider the draft document entitled ‘New Decade, New Approach’, school leaders’ union NAHT encourages them to keep the future of school leaders and school learners in the forefront of their minds.
NAHT(NI) President Geri Cameron said: “After three years without local government, we are pleased that a draft deal is now being considered and hope to see the Northern Ireland Assembly reinstated in the coming weeks.
“We welcome the commitment to end the current industrial action in force within the education and health sectors. We hope the newly formed Executive will not only seek to end the on-going teachers’ action, but also address the concerns of school leaders which resulted in them commencing action short of strike in October 2019.
“For years, school principals have had to do more with less money and less resources so it is now time that these pressures in school are dealt with and that every school will indeed have a sustainable core budget. It will be imperative that this core budget rises not only with inflation but with increases in pupil numbers as recommended in the Education report by the Northern Ireland Affairs Committee to which I gave evidence on behalf of school leaders from across Northern Ireland.
“Like with any draft agreement, the detail is scant, however, NAHT would be happy to work with MLAs going forward to ensure that a new special educational needs framework and any recommendations that would come from an independent review of education bringing about positive change in our education system for teachers, school leaders and learners.”
NAHT general secretary Paul Whiteman said: “We are very pleased to see that education is a priority in the draft Stormont agreement. School principals have been left on their own trying to hold everything together for far too long and have been driven to take unprecedented action. This new deal would be a huge step forward towards resolving that dispute and would enable schools to start the new decade with renewed hope.”
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