30th Oct 2012
THE establishment of the Education Skills Authority will boost support for teacher training, according to Education Minister John O'Dowd.
Speaking at the NI British Psychological Society's (NIBPS) annual public lecture recently he said the streamlining of administration through ESA would allow funds to be diverted to frontline services.
"Whilst we have much to be proud of in our education system, with many high achieving young people there are also young people who do not reach their full potential and who leave school with little or no qualifications or skills," he said.
"If we want to make meaningful and sustainable changes to our education system, if we are to improve outcomes for all our children, and if we are to succeed in ensuring that children fulfil their potential - then we must give sufficient focus to how we train and support teachers and the education workforce.
"The establishment of ESA will help streamline education administration to ensure that much needed resources can be directed to supporting front-line services, improving outcomes for all young people in education and to ensuring equality of access to quality education provision."
LEADING educationalist Linda Clarke (pictured) has been appointed a professor of education in the University of Ulster.
Professor Clarke is currently head of the School of Education which is based at the University's Coleraine campus.
Born in New York and a native of Newry, Professor Clarke has built a distinguished career in education becoming a respected tutor, researcher and author in the field.
Her appointment to the rank of professor recognises her outstanding contribution to her academic field of endeavour.
She began her professional life as a geography teacher and joined the University of Ulster in 2000 initially as a research assistant and then as teacher educator.
Her research interests have focused on learning and include the use of virtual learning environments to enhance student teachers' collaborative learning in communities of practice (the focus of her PhD), Geography Education, Global Citizenship and, most recently, the use of iPads to enhance learning in schools and in teacher education.