Education & Skills Blog Archive

Education & Skills Blog Archive

Here you will find an archive of Education & Skills Blog articles published before 1 January 2020, divided into their relevant categories.


A primary school pupil working on the topic of rainforests as part of the World Around Us
Are composite classes bad for children?

Reading Time: 4 minutes In 2016 the former Minister for Education, Peter Weir MLA, spoke of wanting to address composite classes, whereby a single teacher is responsible for two or more years of students at the same time. The

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A student reading in a library (Image: Tulane University, under Creative Commons)
Economic impact of cuts to the Higher Education sector

Reading Time: 3 minutes Education and training are key factors in economic progress, acting as a means of raising productivity. Whilst other factors can result in short-run economic improvements, education and training are critical to embedding long-term growth. As

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Higher and Further Education

Skills & Training

Illustration of STEM education word typography: strengthening the STEM ‘artery’ will require a range of approaches
Science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM)

Reading Time: 3 minutes How well is the compulsory education system supporting demand for STEM skills in Northern Ireland? Skills development is critical in driving economic growth, and evidence highlights the importance of STEM subjects in contributing to innovation

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A pay slip with pound coins
The National Living Wage and Northern Ireland

Reading Time: 3 minutes The introduction of the National Living Wage (NLW) could have a number of impacts in Northern Ireland (NI), raising the earnings of those aged over 25, but potentially creating issues for Small to Medium Enterprises

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