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News Archive 2015

Bulletin 4: Is Your School Budget Really Safe?

The Education Minister, Mr John O’Dowd MLA, recently announced an additional £80 million for the Education Budget. He indicated that this would protect the Aggregated Schools Budgets (ASB) compared to the 2014 allocation.

To find out what this means for your school download INTO BULLETIN 4.

So What Can You Do Now? - VOTE  IN THE INTO BALLOT!

Members are urged to support the call for action and send a resounding message to those in authority that these cuts are unacceptable by VOTING YES in the forthcoming ballot.

INTO urges principals, teachers, governors and school communities to continue to lobby local councillors, MLA’s MP’s and the Ministers for Education and Finance to reverse these cuts and invest in Education.

Why is INTO balloting members on Industrial Action?

Following the recent decision of the NI Executivethe Northern Ireland Education budget will suffer savage reductions totalling over £90 million this year. Schools are already suffering serious cut backs in their budgets and this will result in an increase to the number of teachers being made redundant and school closures in 2015.

The 2015/2016 Education budget, coming on the back of reduced funding to the education system over the previous four years, compromises the ability of INTO members to discharge their professional responsibilities with integrity.

In addition the cuts flowing from the 2015/16 Education Budget will further:

a)    Serve to undermine educational outcomes and pupil achievements;

b)    Create increased levels of risk to the health and wellbeing of both pupils and teachers;

c)     Place further unreasonable demands in terms of workload on INTO members who are already subject to excessive workloads.

Therefore the Central Executive Committee of INTO has taken the decision to ballot all our members within the Education sector in Northern Ireland.

Date: Thursday, 5 February 15