21 Sep

The Role of Education in a Post-Conflict Society – Community Relations and Culture Awareness Week

Politicians joined academics and community and business leaders at Stormont on Wednesday 20 September to discuss how education can contribute to building the peace and uniting the Northern Ireland community.

Guests at a seminar hosted by the IEF heard from Professor Alan Smith, UNESCO Chair in Education at UU, on “The role of education in post-conflict society” before being invited to consider and debate the issues raised. (more…)

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14 Sep

Northern Ireland education spending needs examination: NICCY report

A report into the costs to parents of sending a child to school in Northern Ireland has also highlighted inequality in the way education budgets are spent around the UK.  The document says Department of Education spending needs to be re-examined to see if more money could go to schools.

The Northern Ireland Commissioner for Children and Young People (NICCY) report, published earlier this month, is based on a survey of 1006 parents with 1620 school age children between them. The research looks at how much families had spent on equipment, meals, trips and other activities relating to school life.  However, it also looks at figures showing how much government money is spent in schools. (more…)

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7 Sep

Community Relations & Cultural Awareness Week – Safe space: Shared Place

Over 160 events are set to take place as part of this year’s Community Relations and Culture Awareness Week between 18th and 24th September.

A key part of the NI Executive’s Together: Building a United Community strategy, the week is coordinated by the Community Relations Council (CRC) and will showcase activities that take place year-round to build united communities in Northern Ireland. (more…)

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6 Sep

Study of low achievement at school says Northern Ireland’s selection policy one of many factors affecting academic success

A study of the academic achievement in Northern Ireland has found that there are a range of factors which influence success at school, including the home environment, economic pressures, and the grammar system.   The research, published yesterday (5 September 2017), was carried out by ten academics from Queens University and Stranmillis University College. (more…)

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