November 8 In the Press

Teachers' are being balloted for strike action

Hundreds of teachers picket at school gates as 60 schools protest over pay

Hundreds of teachers across Northern Ireland will picket at school gates at lunchtime today over a pay dispute with Stormont.

Teachers, from four unions, INTO, UTU, ATL and NAHT, are demonstrating at the school gates asking parents and members of the public to lobby their local MLA as to why the Government do not appear to place value on the education of children across the province. Here’s the full story about today’s action across the region.

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October 25 In the Press

Emma Heatherington hosts a literacy evening for Year 8 pupils at Markethill High School. MGMPR_01

Author praises Markethill High School for placing high value on literacy for pupils

Emma Heatherington is a Co Tyrone based author, scriptwriter of short films, plays and musicals, and busy mum, who is gearing up to have her ninth novel published.

Markethill High School, a Co Armagh school renowned for putting its pupils first, invited Emma to host an interactive literacy workshop for Year 8 pupils and their parents at a recent literacy evening. Emma has praised the school for placing such a high emphasis on literacy for all of the children attending Markethill High School.

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August 25 In the Press

GCSE results in Markethill

High achievers at Markethill High School celebrate as over 90% get five or more GCSEs

Students at Markethill High School have excelled themselves yet again this year with over 90 per cent of pupils achieving five or more GCSEs.

This is a new record for the school as twelve students achieved seven A*-A grades or more, over 80 per cent passed GCSE English and the pass rate for Maths is sitting at over 75 per cent which is higher than the Northern Ireland averages. The school is continuing its campaign for a new build school and sixth form provision.

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March 3 In the Press

INTO to launch major lobbying campaign which will dominate 2016 election trail

Ireland’s largest teachers’ union is expected to confirm it will launch a major lobbying campaign on a scale which is unprecedented in Northern Ireland.

Tomorrow begins the annual Northern Congress at Hilton Templepatrick where INTO Northern Secretary, Gerry Murphy, will speak about the scale of the union’s efforts in its bid to place education at the top of politicians’ agendas during the forthcoming election campaign. Read full story here:

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March 2 Brand Journalism

Brand journalism

What is brand journalism and why you should adopt this approach to PR

Brand journalism is a powerful communication tool combining real reporting and engaging storytelling with an organisation’s brand, experts and experiences.

Our director Eleanor McGillie explains what is brand journalism and why global companies are fast adopting this tool as a new and fresh approach to telling their stories using journalism. Throughout our website you will see examples of our brand journalism approach on behalf of our clients.

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February 23 In the Press

First Minister told new build and admissions increase is a ‘must’ for Markethill High

Markethill High School has been vigorously leading a community campaign to get a new build school and sixth form provision on the Mowhan Road site in Markethill.

First Minister Arlene Foster paid a visit to the school recently where principal James Maxwell told her the that the school’s current high standards in educational outcomes are being achieved in spite of the school’s infrastructure. Mr Maxwell said it is no longer acceptable for pupils to be taught in fabricated mobile huts.

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December 18 In the Press

INTO teachers will go on strike in the New Year as the results of the ballot have been announced this afternoon

INTO hails £33m investment ‘a step in the right direction’ for region’s economy

The Education Minister has given approval to a scheme initiated by the Ireland’s largest teachers’ union which will see a £33million investment which will be used to refresh the education system.

Gerry Murphy, Northern Secretary, says the ‘Investing in the Teaching Workforce’ scheme is a major investment in addressing underachievement, raising standards and delivering 500 professional jobs to the economy in Northern Ireland. Here’s the full story:

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December 10 In the Press

Substitute teachers face another Christmas with no pay as inequality strikes again

A senior official at the Irish National Teachers’ Organisation says the rights of substitute teachers in Northern Ireland are being side-lined because employers continue to ignore their rights.

INTO says sub teachers are being held at ransom because employers are not offering them full time contracts, and, in spite of having more than four years’ teaching experience, their rights are being side-lined. Tony Carlin of INTO says equalities must be addressed. Here’s the full story:

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December 8 In the Press

New build school in sight as Markethill campaign continues for its pupils

The Education Authority has confirmed this week that Markethill High School remains on its priority list for a much needed new build school – a campaign which has been ongoing for over three years.

The school, headed by principal James Maxwell, has full community support for the campaign for a new build and a sixth form. Markethill High School is sustainable, viable, achieves academically and is in a strong financial position to grow. The school says a new build school must come soon.

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September 29 In the Press

Markethill High School wins International School Award from British Council

Markethill High School is a school which continues to thrive and its most recent accolade is winning the British Council International School Award which was celebrated at the school.

A British Council assessor said: “This is an outstanding action plan and a credit to your school. Markethill High School has clearly demonstrated its continued commitment to embedding internationalism into the curriculum during the years it has been involved in the International School Award.”

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May 1 Newsfeed

Colourful May Day carnival shows solidarity of unions as thousands set to parade

The annual May Day Parade (MAY 2) which celebrates solidarity among trade union members will be led by INTO.

THE Irish National Teachers’ Organisation has been chosen by the Irish Congress of Trade Unions (ICTU) to lead the colourful and festival style parade Writers Square and continue through Belfast city centre from 11.30am. The May Day Parade is an annual event which joins trade unions together to celebrate the work being carried out. Thousands of people are expected to join in.

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April 28 In the Press

BBC News School Report gives pupils the chance to make the headlines

The BBC News School Report project is a programme, which is hosted by the BBC UK wide, which gives pupils the opportunity to make their own news.

The collaborative programme, which is run by BBC News and BBC Learning, helps students develop their journalistic skills to become school reporters. Markethill High School is one of 1,000 schools UK wide to have taken part in the biggest ever School Report News Day. Here’s the full story:

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March 13 In the Press

Teachers, parents and pupils stand in solidarity at picket lines over cuts

Thousands of people took to the streets today to protest over proposed cuts in the Stormont House Agreement.

Teachers, parents and children met on the picket lines right across Northern Ireland to protest over proposed cuts by Minister of Education, John O’Dowd. Speaking in Omagh Annmarie Conway, INTO chairperson, said INTO will continue to fight for jobs, for children and for teachers. Here’s the full story:

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March 12 In the Press

INTO says a reinvestment in teachers, smarter spending and long term strategy is key

Ahead of tomorrow’s strike, INTO says teachers have been forced to act. INTO balloted for strike action and tomorrow teachers will use their voice.

Northern Secretary, Gerry Murphy, says calling teachers out on strike was not an easy decision to make but reiterated that action will be escalated as INTO’s campaign to get a better education for children, a better workplace for teachers and securing wider economic benefits, continues.

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March 9 In the Press

Teachers strike to defend rights of children to get the education system they deserve

On Friday, teachers will be out on strike to defend the rights of children so they get the education system they deserve, says INTO.

Tonight, the Northern Executive of INTO held a special emergency session during which it declared INTO’s (Irish National Teachers’ Organisation) decision to urge all of its 6,647members to support an education system our children deserve and not one which the Executive determines it can afford.

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