School principals from across Lisburn have met with the Minister of Education Peter Weir in a meeting organised by Lagan Valley MLA Brenda Hale.
During the meeting Lisburn Association of Principals discussed and raised a number of issues facing their schools, with all sectors represented including Controlled Sector, CCMS and SEN.
The event was attended by principals of schools from Lisburn, Dromara, Anahilt, Maghaberry, Dunmurry and Hillsborough.
Minister Peter Weir said: “I am encouraged by the number of Principals that met at Stormont today.
“They raised a number of very interesting and valid points which affect education in the Lagan Valley area. Children and young people are at the forefront of the decision making process and it is important that we give them the best start possible in life, which includes the highest standard of education.
“Principals, teachers and education staff do a vast amount of work in our education system. I am prepared to listen to them and act upon the issues they raise.”
DUP MLA Brenda Hale, said: “Engaging with our schools is vital. It allows both myself as a local MLA and the Education Minister to see where action is needed.
“I was delighted to see many schools represented at the meeting and I hope the line of communication will continue.
“Today at Stormont, the Principals and Education staff that met with myself and the Minister, represent 5,726 primary school children.
“Children are key in all of these meetings. I can see that they are at the heart of the provision and the education that Principals provide day and daily in their schools.
“Among the issues raised were staffing, funding, special educational needs and raising standards.
“These Principals are on the front line of our education system and there is no doubt that their contribution valued.
“I am certain that the Minister will reflect upon what has been raised and act upon their concerns.
“Since coming into office he has always been willing to sit down and listen to any concerns and I thank him for today’s meeting.”