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Heads seek urgent review of school funding

Head teachers will call for a review of school funding to be completed urgently during an event in Armagh today.

Harry Greer, principal of Harmony Hill Primary in Lisburn, is among the teachers addressing delegates at the National Association of Head Teachers’ annual conference.

He is due to speak in support of a motion which demands that the Department of Education completes its funding review as a matter of urgency in order to maximise the resources available for frontline services in education.

Speaking to the Belfast Telegraph before the event, Mr Greer said: “The review of school funding has been long promised and long delayed. This is typical of education at the moment.

“The Department of Education needs to conduct this review based, not on systems or administrative structures, but on the learning needs of real children. We must put learning at the centre of this review, not administration or politics.”

In Northern Ireland the funding for a primary pupil is 66% of a secondary pupil, compared with 78% in England, 71% in Scotland and 82% in Wales.

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