The SDLP, DUP, UUP and Alliance have agreed to establish an educator-led group to find a short-term compromise while seeking a long-term solution to the transfer crisis. The make-up of this group will be announced in early January and the group will work with the four parties to bring forward a solution to the Assembly Education Committee.
This is a significant step forward and will be welcome news to parents and teachers across the region.
Dominic Bradley MLA noted; There is a lot of work ahead, but we are now working towards a common purpose. This is the only initiative that is taking place, the only source of leadership on the issue, and it is deserving of support. No one else is working on an overall solution, certainly not the Minister. She has let it all drift for long enough, but now we need a sense of direction.