Category Archives: Education

School leaver qualifications

agendaNi analyses the most recent tranche of annual statistics for qualifications and destinations of Northern Ireland post-primary leavers provided by the Department of Education. In five years, between 2009/10 and 2014/15 there...

Surveying the skills scene

The results of the most recent UK Commission for Employment and Skills (UKCES) Employer Skills Survey indicate a growing complexity of job roles across the workforce. agendaNi explores. Skills have a significant...

Leading the work experience revolution

At Ulster University employability is placed firmly at the heart of the student experience. Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Education, Professor Paul Bartholomew, highlights how Ulster University is leading the work experience revolution to create...

Language barrier

A recent report prepared by academics in Stranmillis University has recommended that learning a second language should be made a compulsory element of the Northern Ireland Curriculum for primary school students. The...

The power of a second chance

John O’Farrell of the Irish Congress of Trade Unions outlines how the Union Learning Fund is helping to upskill members with life transforming outcomes.  When Gareth Moore was in Primary 6, an...

New Minister: Peter Weir MLA

Following his appointment as the DUP’s first Education Minister since the establishment of the Northern Ireland Assembly in 1998, long-serving politician Peter Weir has wasted no time in taking crucial decisions and...

Education: a perspective

agendaNi’s Ciarán Galway speaks with prominent post-primary principal Jarlath Burns on his current assessment of education in the North. Jarlath Burns is an intriguing personality. His presence transcends the boundaries of several...

Newly qualified teachers

The majority of newly qualified teachers (NQTs) graduating from teacher training courses in the North face an uncertain career path. For them, the revival of a directed employment scheme offers a prospect...

Education in numbers

agendaNi takes a snapshot of the most recent education statistics and compares issues such as enrolment, religion and school management.