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The safety of pupils and staff remains my key priority

Peter Weir


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'The impact of Covid-19 has been unprecedented in the history of Northern Ireland. It has presented significant challenges for many sectors but particularly for those working in health and education.'

'The impact of Covid-19 has been unprecedented in the history of Northern Ireland. It has presented significant challenges for many sectors but particularly for those working in health and education.'

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'The impact of Covid-19 has been unprecedented in the history of Northern Ireland. It has presented significant challenges for many sectors but particularly for those working in health and education.'

The impact of Covid-19 has been unprecedented in the history of Northern Ireland. It has presented significant challenges for many sectors but particularly for those working in health and education.

Firstly, I want to express sincere thanks to teachers in Northern Ireland, many of whom have gone 'above and beyond' to be in regular contact with their pupils, assisting them in their distance learning, and also to those schools who have remained open throughout the pandemic for the children of key workers and vulnerable pupils. I also know that many parents have embraced 'home schooling' and have carried out excellent work to support children who have remained at home during this crisis.

The focus for many parents who have children going into P7 has now turned to Transfer 2020-21 as this is a key transition period for their children.