Peter Weir sets out key priorities as Education Minister

Date published: 26 May 2016

Education Minister, Peter Weir, said today that his priority will be ensuring all children and young people have the opportunity to reach their full potential.

Speaking during a visit to Bangor Grammar School, the Minister said the new responsibilities of the Department of Education will help support children through all stages of their development.

Education Minister, Peter Weir, said:

“Every child is different and all deserve the best start in life. The bringing together of a wider range of child-focused responsibilities in the restructured Department of Education reflects the Executive’s commitment to supporting all of our children and young people. As Minister I am looking forward to working with our schools; our early childhood education and childcare providers; and our youth services to ensure that, together, we can meet the needs and nurture the aspirations of our children and young people.

“Education is at the core of any society, and is not just about schools – it is about the development of our children’s personalities, talents and abilities to their fullest potential. This can only be achieved by all government departments working together and with others to ensure the best outcomes for our children and young people.

“The future stability of our society and the success of our economy depend on there being a high quality education system that can stand alongside the best in the world. I am ambitious for our children and young people and determined to ensure that educational outcomes improve across every part of Northern Ireland in every school in every sector.”

During his tour of Bangor Grammar School, the Minister had the opportunity to talk to some pupils and teachers.

Peter Weir said:

“As Education Minister, I do not underestimate the challenges that lie ahead in my aim of a first class education system that delivers for all our children.

“The Executive is facing very challenging financial pressures which will impact on school budgets. My priority is to ensure funding is targeted at helping and supporting our children and young people and I will work with my Department, the Education Authority and schools to make sure this happens.”

Notes to editors: 

  1. Children and young people’s services transferred to the Department for Education on 9 May 2016. This move was part of the wider restructuring of the NICS.
  2. Media enquiries to the Department of Education Press Office Tel: 028 9127 9207. Out of office hours contact the Duty Press Officer via pager number 07699715440 and your call will be returned.

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