New Education Minister Peter Weir marked the beginning of his Stormont ministerial career with a visit to the school of his youth – Bangor Grammar.
During his tour of the school, the North Down DUP MLA had the opportunity to talk to some pupils and teachers.
Setting out his ministerial stall, he said: “As Education Minister, I do not underestimate the challenges that lie ahead in my aim of a first-class education system that delivers for all our children.
“The Executive is facing very challenging financial pressures which will impact on school budgets.
“My priority is to ensure funding is targeted at helping and supporting our children and young people and I will work with my department, the Education Authority and schools to make sure this happens.”
He added: “Every child is different and all deserve the best start in life. The bringing together of a wider range of child-focused responsibilities in the restructured Department of Education reflects the Executive’s commitment to supporting all of our children and young people.
“As minister I am looking forward to working with our schools, our early childhood education and child care providers, and our youth services to ensure that, together, we can meet the needs and nurture the aspirations of our children and young people.”
Education is about developing children to their fullest potential, he added.