Category Archives: Children and young people

Mr Beggs is the Assembly Party Group Member on the All Party Group on Children and Young People

Beggs welcomes announcement that local schools are to benefits from the School Enhancement Programme

Beggs welcomes announcement that local schools are to benefit from the Schools Enhancement Programme. Roy Beggs MLA has welcomed the announcement that 3 schools serving the East Antrim area are to benefit from part of the £40m Schools Enhancement programme: Greenisland Primary School, Carrickfergus Grammar School and Hill Croft School, Newtownabbey Roy Beggs said, “There have been concerns that local schools had not been benefited from previous announcements of the School Enhancement Programme. I therefore welcome the news that detailed planning on school improvement is to commence on upgrading facilities at Greenisland Primary School, Carrickfergus Grammar School and Hill Croft School, Newtownabbey. However, there remains a need for major investment at Carrickfergus Academy following school amalgamation and this is an issue I will continue to lobby on. Whilst schools are temporarily closed during the current COVID-19 health crisis, it is important that we continue to plan for the future.” Ends

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Beggs Welcomes Selection of Islandmagee PS for Next Detailed Planning Stage

Roy Beggs MLA, who had long pressed for the development of the new primary school for Islandmagee has welcomed the selection of Islandmagee Primary to be one of ten schools with an estimated cost of £40m in NI to proceed to the next detailed planning stage. Roy Beggs MLA said, “The building of a new school for Islandmagee is clearly needed given the numbers of children on Islandmagee. In 2003, locally it had been agree to amalgamate the then 3 schools into one.  It has taken far too long to get to this final development stage of the new school for Islandmagee. I answer to an Assembly question in December, the Minister had said “No capital investment has been made to date on a new site for Islandmagee Primary School (PS).” Roy Beggs MLA said, “This new build proposal has taken so long that officials did not recognise that £1m … Continue reading

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Beggs calls for O’Dowd to reconsider his decision on GCSE grading

Ulster Unionist MLA for East Antrim Roy Beggs MLA has called on the Education Minister to immediately reconsider his decision on GCSE grading, which has effectively placed a ban on some English exam bodies offering course options for local students and schools.   Mr Beggs said:   “The Education Minister’s decision not to follow the English example of numerical grading has led directly to major English exam bodies making numerous courses unavailable to study in Northern Ireland.   “In answers to Assembly questions I have tabled on this issue, the Minister of Education has admitted that he does not know how much it will cost to replace courses no longer available as a result of his ideological ban on English based courses exam bodies which are switching to grades 1-9.   “It is irresponsible for the Minister of Education to effectively ban a range of subject choices to local students … Continue reading

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Beggs Presses for Increased Early Year Funding

Ulster Unionist representative Roy Beggs MLA has questioned the Education Minister on cuts to early years investment in Northern Ireland, at the same time that he is investing funding into a new post-primary Irish language school for 14 pupils. Roy Beggs said “I declare an interest as a committee member of Horizon Sure Start. James Heckman, a Nobel prize-winning economist, has written extensively on the value for money of early years investment. My question to the Minister is this: why has he chosen to cut early years investment, which brings benefits to the entire community, yet he is able to find money for a new post-primary Irish language school for 14 pupils? Education Minister John O’Dowd MLA added  “I have not chosen to cut funding for early years: that was imposed on us by the Conservative Party, which has a minuscule mandate here. We continue to invest over £200 million … Continue reading

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Beggs presents Mental Health and Wellbeing petition to Speaker

Ulster Unionist Party Assembly member Roy Beggs MLA has presented a petition which aims to improve mental health and wellbeing, by making it compulsory within the Northern Ireland school curriculum, to the Speaker of the Northern Ireland Assembly Speaking in the Assembly, Roy Beggs MLA said “I commend the work of Sara Patterson, a year 14 pupil at Carrickfergus Grammar School, who is seeking to make Mental Health and Well Being a compulsory and more significant part of the NI School Curriculum.  With the support of her friends, Sara has collected signatures by going door to door in her local community.  She has also organised an online petition using Change.org. Some 605 signatures have been collected.  I wish to put on record my admiration for Sara’s vision and effort to increase the awareness of mental health issues and to make students at our schools more knowledgeable of how to improve … Continue reading

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