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Investing in the Teaching Workforce: Update

Oral Answers to Questions — Education – in the Northern Ireland Assembly at 2:30 pm on 23rd January 2017.

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Photo of Claire Hanna Claire Hanna Social Democratic and Labour Party 2:30 pm, 23rd January 2017

T7. Ms Hanna asked the Minister of Education for an update on the Investing in the Teaching Workforce scheme. (AQT 682/16-21)

Photo of Peter Weir Peter Weir DUP 2:45 pm, 23rd January 2017

Currently, the situation is that expressions of interest have been sought, and a lengthy list was produced of those who were interested within that. The advice and, indeed, the nature of the pilot scheme that was progressed by the Executive was that this was open to 120 in this year; that was felt to be the maximum number that could be progressed. We had a lot more than that, and those teachers who were successful in reaching that top 120 have now been written to. There is also a legal challenge, from a judicial review point of view, from somebody who is challenging that. The outcome of that will be critical to the progress of that, but if that judicial review is not successful, progress will happen to ensure — at least with regard to the pilot scheme — that those will be progressed and reach a point of conclusion in-year.

Photo of Caitriona Ruane Caitriona Ruane Deputy Speaker

Sorry, there is no time for your supplementary. That concludes topical questions. I ask Members to take their ease while we change the top Table.

(Mr Deputy Speaker [Mr Kennedy] in the Chair)