West Tyrone Sinn Féin -- Building an Ireland of Equals

Boyle welcomes £9.9million boost for Post Primary Schools to help deliver 'Entitlement Framework' for all pupils

Published: 25 February, 2013

West Tyrone Sinn Féin MLA Michaela Boyle has welcomed the announcement by Education Minister John O Dowd that 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.

The local MLA who also sits on the Assembly's Education Committee said,

"This news will be warmly welcomed by the post primary schools sector across the north as it now provides it with additional resources to assist in planning and delivering a statutory number of subjects under the Entitlement Framework.

"The Entitlement Framework means that from September 2013 every young person between the ages of 14 and 19 will, for the first time, be guaranteed access to a minimum number of courses, no matter what school they attend or where they live. The Entitlement Framework is about every school putting the needs and aspirations of pupils first and making sure young people are supported to make informed decisions about their course choices for Key Stage 4 and post-16. Since 2008, the Department of Education has provided additional funding for the Entitlement Framework as a contribution to the additional costs associated with planning and delivering an expanded curricular offer at Key Stage 4 and post-16. Funding support was due to be phased out by the end of the 2013/14 financial year but the Minister has now identified an an additional £3million in 2013/14 and a further £6.9million in 2014/15 financial year to allow for the continuation of the Entitlement Framework support funding in the 2014/15 financial year.

"In doing so the Minister has recognised the tough financial challenges that schools face and hopefully this will go some way to ease the budget pressures faced by our local Post Primary schools.