NEU Northern Ireland has a staff of four Regional Officials campaigning to ensure that the Northern Ireland Assembly and education authorities provide the best for education professional and pupils in every educational institution in Northern Ireland.

Agreement on teachers' pay and conditions of service is reached through the Teachers' Salaries and Conditions of Service Committee (Schools) which comprises the employing authorities/employer representatives, the Department of Education (DE) and the five recognised teachers' unions NEU is one of the five unions that make up the Northern Ireland Teachers Council (NITC).

Northern Ireland Teachers’ Council (NITC) accepts teachers' pay offer

Today (23 April 2020) the Northern Ireland Teachers’ Council (NITC) – the body which makes up the Teachers’ Side of the Teachers’ Negotiating Committee has announced that it will be accepting the terms of the Pay and Workload Agreement presented to them on 8 April 2020. Read the full press release.

Coronavirus - COVID-19

Northern Ireland Teachers Council (NITC) offers the following key issues for consideration in relation to planning for the 2020/21 school year, in the context of the Covid-19 pandemic. It is envisaged that these issues would be considered in the context of a working group with key relevant stakeholders.

The NI teachers unions contingency planning for a sider re-opening of schools in the academic year 2020/21 identifies the key issues of concern to the members of the recognised teachers’ unions who make up the NITC. We believe that these key issues will require consideration in advance of schools reopening and in order to provide ongoing support to schools during the Covid-19 pandemic. The full joint statement is available to read or download.

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Free CPD offer: 'Teaching and supporting remote learners online'

NEU members, Cecilia O'Hagan and Audrey Currie, from Stranmillis University College, have developed and made available to teachers 'Teaching and Supporting Remote Learners online' specifically as a community contribution to support teachers working from home during the Covid-19 crisis.

This 4-week professional learning course has been designed by the college at this time to support educational professionals working from home during the suspension of teaching in NI schools and colleges.  

The focus of the course is on the promotion of ‘teacher presence’ for all children, using simple technology skills such as webinar and video lessons. This is a supportive course for teachers to enhance the wellbeing of children and young people while working from home.

The course is free, and we thank Celia and Audrey for this generous initiative at a difficult time.

Fighting Words

Fighting Words is a well established programme to help children and young people, and adults who did not have this opportunity as children, to discover and harness the power of their own imaginations and creative writing skills. At its core, Fighting Words is also about something much broader and more inclusive. It is about using the creative practice of writing and storytelling to strengthen our children and teenagers – from a wide range of backgrounds – to be resilient, creative and successful shapers of their own lives.

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