Cunningham hopes funding for Early Years Fund saves ‘Mother Goose’

13 07 2015

Mother Goose

Ballycastle SDLP representative Dónal Cunningham has welcomed the Education Ministers decision to reverse his earlier cuts which will now mean that the ‘Mother Goose’ playgroup is to continue to receive ‘Early Years’ funding until March 2016.

Mr Cunningham continued “I hope that future funding can be found which will secure Mother Goose’s future beyond 2016.”

Mr Cunningham who had previously called on the Education Minister John O’Dowd to reconsider his previous decision to cut the ‘Early Years Programme’ funding has urged the Minister to work to ensure that his proposed replacement Pathway fund which is to be introduced from April 2016 sufficiently provides for and meets the needs of groups like Mother Goose.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8X3OYpvZdNU

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Cunningham welcomes news of shared education campus for Ballycastle High School and Cross and Passion College

1 07 2014

Shared Education Campus

Ballycastle SDLP Councillor and Chair of Moyle Council Dónal Cunningham has welcomed the Department of Education announcement which will allow the joint Ballycastle High School/Cross and Passion College Shared Campus project to proceed to the planning stage.

Councillor Cunningham, a member of the Board of Governors at Cross and Passion College who had been part of the joint delegation who met the Education Minister said

“The co-operation between Cross and Passion College and Ballycastle High School is proof that Shared Education works, both schools can offer a wider range of subject choice, facilities and expertise while at the same time able to retain and celebrate their own community identity and ethos.”

“The project which envisages two new core schools and two shared centres, one at Ballycastle High for STEM subjects and one at Cross and Passion for Performance and Creative Arts will further develop  and enrich the sharing and educational experiences of the pupils from both schools. “





Shared Education – The views of Children and Young People

24 04 2013

Shared Education

Welcoming the report “Shared Education – Views of Children and Young People’ – Ballycastle SDLP Councillor Dónal Cunningham said that the findings concur with the Ballycastle experience.

“The co-operation between Cross and Passion College and Ballycastle High School is proof that Shared Education works, both schools can offer a wider range of subject choice, facilities and expertise while at the same time able to retain and celebrate their own community identity and ethos.

 “Ballycastle is leading the way in terms of co-operation and developing  and enriching the educational experiences of pupils.”

http://www.niccy.org/uploaded_docs/2013/publications/Adult%20Report.pdf

http://www.niccy.org/uploaded_docs/2013/publications/Young%20People%20Report.pdf





ESA Bill needs to support “Shared Education”

12 04 2013

ballycastle schools

Ballycastle SDLP Councillor Dónal Cunningham called for the inclusion of support for shared education in the ESA Bill which is to be introduced by the Assembly.

 The Councillor continued: “This Bill which will fundamentally change the education system needs to provide the framework for a system of education that offers young people the best chance of fulfilling their potential.

 “In Ballycastle we can see the positive effects of how well the two all ability post primary schools, Cross and Passion College and Ballycastle High School co-operate  and can offer a wider range of subject choice, facilities and expertise while at the same time are able to retain and celebrate their own community identity and ethos.

 “Indeed  Ballycastle is leading the way in terms of working together to develop new means of providing educational pathways for children and young people, it is in the fostering of these types of links that schools should be encouraged and supported by the Department for Education and in particular the ESA Bill.”





Consultation on the future provision of Primary school education within Moyle

19 03 2013

 

Primary school pupils

Commenting on the draft plans which set out the outline proposals for the future of primary level education provision in Moyle, Ballycastle SDLP Councillor Dónal Cunningham urged the local community to take part in the consultation on the draft plans.

There are 8 Primary Schools in the Moyle area which require local solutions, and I am pretty sure each of the school principals and Board of Governors will work hard  to find these solutions, and submit their views via the  consultation which will remain open until 30 June 2013.

“I would encourage anyone with an interest in education in Moyle to examine the plans and make their views known.”

Summary of the Proposals for the Structure of Future Primary School Provision in Moyle

 

Controlled Sector

 

Armoy PS Local area solution to be explored
Bushmills PS Local area solution to be explored
Dunseverick PS No Change
Straidbilly PS Local area solution to be explored

 

 

Catholic Maintained and Irish Medium

 

Barnish PS Local area solution to be explored
Gaelscoil an Chaistil Local area solution to be explored
Glenann PS Local parish/area solution to be explored
St Ciaran’s PS, Knocknacarry Local parish/area solution to be explored
St Mary’s PS Cushendall No Change
St Mary’s PS Rathlin No Change proposed at present
St Olcan’s PS Local parish/area solution to be explored
St Patrick’s ,Glenariffe No change
St Patrick’s and St Brigid’s PS Ballycastle No change

 

Integrated Sector

 

Ballycastle Controlled Integrated PS No Change

 





Funding for delivery of ‘Entitlement Framework’ for all pupils

28 02 2013

 school

Ballycastle SDLP Councillor Dónal Cunningham has welcomed the announcement of an additional £9.9million is to be made available to Post Primary Schools to help them meet the extra costs involved in planning and delivering the Entitlement Framework of subjects for all pupils.

Councillor Cunningham said,

“The Entitlement Framework is the post 14 curriculum which aims to provide access for pupils to a broad and balanced curriculum to enable them to reach their full potential no matter which school they attend or where they live.”

“Schools fully support the requirement to offer greater breadth and balance in the courses and pathways available to young people as a key contributor to the overall goal of raising standards and reducing the levels of educational underachievement that currently exist.”

“However the pressures of planning and delivering a statutory number of subjects under the Entitlement Framework has not been easy, the announcement by the Department will go some way to making the delivery somewhat easier”





Ballycastle Schools a template for partnership

27 10 2012

 

Responding to the NEELB Strategic Area Plan Consultation, Ballycastle SDLP Councillor Dónal Cunningham applauded the long standing  level of collaboration and  co-operation between Cross and Passion College and Ballycastle High School.

 “I am confident that this level of co-operation and partnership can be built upon within the Area Learning Partnership, and that both schools will continue to work together to meet the needs of all their pupils delivering the statutory curriculum which includes the Entitlement Framework”

 “I have no doubt and there is strong evidence that this co-operation enhances the quality and range of provision and raises and improves standards. “

 “As well as improving education standards, co-operation between the two schools has had a very positive impact socially in terms of friendships and community cohesion and provides the template for other areas “

 “Both school campuses require Capital Investment from the Department which if given priority would serve to maximise the use and sharing of existing school estate”

 “Ballycastle can look to the future in the confidence that they have two strong all ability post primary schools, each with their own identity and ethos, but willing to share resources and facilities in order to provide a top quality post primary experience ”