20 Apr

Northern Ireland 15-year-olds ‘happy with lives’

Most 15 year-olds in Northern Ireland are happy with their livesMost 15-year-olds in Northern Ireland are happy with their lives.

That is according to an international study of students’ well-being.

The report by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) found that Northern Irish pupils were more satisfied with their lives than their counterparts elsewhere in the UK

www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-northern-ireland-39648377?intlink_from_url=http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/topics/c73b7f79-edf2-446e-8db2-99b20fdc53ec/ni-education&link_location=live-reporting-story

12 Apr

Applications are invited for a DfE funded PhD studentship at the Ulster University Coleraine Campus.

Applications are invited for a DfE funded PhD studentshipat the Ulster University Coleraine CampusApplications are invited for a DfE funded PhD studentship tenable in the Faculty of Social Science at the Ulster University Coleraine Campus. Please note that a faculty reorganisation is underway at Ulster and the studentship will be based within the new structure in the Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Science.

 
The studentship will comprise fees together with an annual stipend of £14,553 and will be awarded for a period of up to three years subject to satisfactory progress.

 

www.ulster.ac.uk/faculties/social-sciences/schools/research-graduate-school/education

11 Apr

Youth got Community Spirit competition

Youth got Community Spirit competitionBelfast Harbour and Eden Project Communities have teamed up and are asking young people across Northern Ireland to show “Youth” got Community Spirit!

If you’re aged 8–18, this exciting competition not only celebrates community spirit but gives you, community groups and organisations an opportunity to win awesome prizes that will help you bring people together for fun, food and friendship as part of this year’s Big Lunch.

 

www.edenprojectcommunities.com/youthcompetition

6 Apr

After 200 years integrated education still a work in progress

Irish News LogoFor nearly 200 years attempts have been made in Ireland to have Catholic and Protestant children educated together.

In 1831 Ireland became the first country in the English-speaking world to have a state-funded nationwide system of schools, the National schools. It was intended that the schools would be attended by both Catholic and Protestant children, with a separate time set aside for religious instruction according to the denomination of the pupils. However, by 1860, under pressure from the Churches, the system had become entirely denominational, with the schools run by the different Churches.

 

http://www.irishnews.com/opinion/letterstotheeditor/2017/04/05/news/after-200-years-integrated-education-still-a-work-in-progress-987400/

16 May

Education – could do better is the message to the new NI Assembly

Research carried out just before the NI Assembly Election found widespread dissatisfaction with public services in Northern Ireland – and Education was no exception to this.

Independent polling company LucidTalk ran a “Tracker” survey (one of a series following trends in opinion) in March and found that only 48% of the representative sample gave education even a slightly favourable rating.  Most of these people judged the service a middling  ‘fairly good’ (ie very few thought education in NI “very good”). (more…)

8 Apr

Snapshot of support for education reform

 By Bill White CEO, LucidTalk polling company

Education is a key issue in Northern Ireland (as it is anywhere) and our recent NI-wide opinion poll for the Integrated Education Fund produced some interesting results and showed some key patterns and trends. As you probably know, the main key advantage of polling is that it allows us to get regular snap-shots of public opinion, about not only voting intention, but views on policies, political leaders, and a whole host of topics that can’t be measured in public elections e.g. in this case views regarding education. They also allow us to see how males/females, particular age-groups, and here in NI how our religious groups think about topics and issues – again these can’t be measured just by public elections. (more…)


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