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Around 400 schools to go into debt warns education chief

The Chief Executive of the Education Authority has claimed that not enough money is being put into Northern Ireland's education system at the moment.

Revealing that around four-hundred schools are set to be in debt by the end of the year, Gavin Boyd insists that now is the time for a review, and reform.

UTV correspondent Jane Loughrey reports.

Back to school breaking the bank?

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The average cost of a school uniform has reached £200 in Northern Ireland, around £25 more than in the rest of the UK.

Once school shoes and sports equipment are purchased, this figure can grow substantially, especially for families with several children.

There are benefits available to help families who are struggling, but does this system work effectively and are eligibility criteria fair?

UTV reporter Judith Hill has more.

One of NI’s oldest primary schools closes

One of the oldest primary schools in Northern Ireland closed its doors on Wednesday.

Altayeskey Primary School is situated in Sixtowns, near Draperstown.

The school is nearly two centuries old, but found out two weeks ago that it would be shut down.

Down to just 25 pupils after 186 years of memories, the school has fought for three years to stay open.

However, the children and staff chose to give the old school a send-off to remember, with balloons released into the sky to mark an historic occasion.