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In Video and Pictures: Ulster Teachers' Union annual conference 2013

A Northern Ireland teachers’ union may ballot its members on the possible boycott of the autumn CCEA assessments, according to its General Secretary.

Avril Hall Callaghan was speaking at the recent 94 annual conference of the Ulster Teachers’ Union, Northern Ireland’s biggest locally-based union.
Ongoing controversy and errors surrounding CCEA assessments helped fuel the debate at the Slieve Donard in Newcastle, Co Down.
“We had a major debate around the whole issue of assessment, the need for assessment and the value of assessment. As a result we may ballot our members about the possible boycott of the assessment tests in the autumn,” said Ms Hall Callaghan.
The General Secretary also paid tribute to the growing influence within the organisation of its younger members and paid tribute to their contribution to this year’s conference.
Other areas debated at the event included the rise is violence in the classrooms, homophobia, the exams process, area planning and the forced rationalisation of schools.


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