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Lyttle looking forward to seeing education review process continue

Alliance Education spokesperson Chris Lyttle MLA has said he is looking forward to seeing the process for an independent review of education continue, after the Assembly backed his call for such a move.

An Alliance motion calling on the Education Minister to implement the New Decade, New Approach commitment to an independent review of education passed the Assembly today (Tuesday). Mr Lyttle said it was now over to Education Minister Peter Weir to draft terms of reference for such a review.

“Our education system is broke and broken. A review of the system is needed to ensure it is fit for purpose,” said the East Belfast MLA, Chair of the Assembly’s Education Committee.

“I am pleased this motion was backed by the majority of MLAs and now look forward to the Minister drafting terms of reference for a review as soon as possible. An independent review can deliver an objective, evidence-based assessment of where our education system is at and where it needs to go.

“If we are to stop the impact of this financial crisis on our schools, a root and branch review, similar to that carried out by Professor Bengoa for the health sector, can provide the basis of the reform needed so we can deliver the high quality education all our children and young people deserve.”