Operational Plan 2 – Final Call for Proposals

GBA Attends Evidence Session at Westminster

The Northern Ireland Affairs Committee (NIAC) is currently conducting an inquiry into integrated education, to which the GBA submitted written evidence last month.
Following the submission of written evidence, the GBA was invited to give oral evidence in Westminster yesterday. GBA Chairperson, Leo O’Reilly represented the GBA on a shared panel with EA, CCMS and CSSC. At the session, Leo reiterated and expanded upon the points made via the written evidence which included:
The full oral evidence session, as well as the preceding session with representatives from the integrated sector, is available to view here.

GBA AGM and Executive Committee Nominations

The GBA’s Annual General Meeting is taking place during the afternoon of Wednesday 13th March 2024 at the Seamus Heaney HomePlace. School Principals and Governors can register for the AGM here.

GBA Executive Committee Nominations

Members are formally elected to the Executive at the AGM and play a crucial role on behalf of voluntary grammar schools, including:
If you wish to submit a nomination, please complete a nomination form by 5pm on Friday 8th March 2024.

Area Planning

The planning year for Operational Plan 2: 2024-2026 (OP2) is well underway and the document is now being drafted to include the various workstreams discussed and agreed through the Area Planning Local Groups.

The plan will include a number of short and medium term workstreams to be progressed or developed within the lifespan of the plan, and is scheduled to be published in September 2024.

Operational Plan 1: 2022-2024 is nearing completion however some projects will carry over to OP2.

Work also continues to identify pressure areas for Specialist Education which includes a significant increase in the need for Specialist Provision in Mainstream Schools (SPiMs) over the next number of years.

Further information on Operational Plans and SPiMs is available by clicking on the respective links.

We are aware that a number of schools are waiting for an update regarding the Normalisation pilot. The GBA will raise this matter with the Department of Education as this may impact proposals for OP2.

If you would like to discuss any aspect of Area Planning please contact us.

Northern Ireland Assembly Updates

In his first Ministerial statement in the Assembly on the 12th February 2024, the Education Minister, Paul Givan,set out his plans for capital investment across the Education Sector.

The Minister said: “Children across Northern Ireland have the right to be educated in schools which are comfortable and safe, are of good quality and are properly designed and resourced to support their learning.

“I have therefore commissioned, as a matter of priority, a Capital Investment Strategy for Education which sets out a compelling vision for a responsive, agile and innovative programme of capital investment clearly aligned to wider education and Executive policy.”

“Consequently, I have submitted funding bids of £528 million to the Department of Finance to meet education capital needs next year. As an absolute minimum, I require an additional £100 million of capital above the draft budget allocation to meet pressures in regard to Special Educational Need placements.

The full statement is available here.

Minister's Questions

The first question time session for the education minister following the restoration of the NI Assembly took place on Monday 26th February and included the following issues:
End to end review of Special Education Needs

Education Committee

GBA Governor

Please be advised that the GBA can provide presentations to Boards Of Governors regarding the remit and work of the GBA should you find this helpful.

Please contact Nuala O’Neill if you wish to avail of this. Thank you.

Free Mental Health Resources and School Workshops Available via Mindwise

Advertising of Teaching & Non-Teaching Vacancies on the GBA Website

The GBA provides a free advertising service for our member schools. Job vacancies are posted on our website and Twitter page. The Education Authority website also links to the GBA jobs section.

If you would like us to host a vacancy for your school, please contact us,

using our job template and allow at least TWO WORKING DAYS for posts to be uploaded. Thank you for your cooperation with this

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