Education

Education

A chart showing the scale of change in TES proportions in % points, 1999-2000 to 2016-2017

We don’t need no education!

Reading Time: 8 minutes The finances of Northern Ireland’s schools have been in the spotlight for some time. For example, the Northern Ireland Affairs Committee at Westminster is currently holding an Inquiry into Education funding. In June 2018, Northern

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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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Nurture unit at Blackmountain Primary School, Belfast

An equal start? Overcoming early disadvantage

Reading Time: 3 minutes How can we ensure that children’s early years lay firm foundations for the future? During the first five years of life children develop at a rapid rate, and their experiences during this period profoundly influence

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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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