Category Archives: Education

Tackling economic inactivity

Northern Ireland’s high proportion of adults outside the workforce has held back economic progress over the last 30 years. Peter Cheney examines the scale of the problem and first strategy aimed at...

OECD report seeks more reform

OECD data suggest that Northern Ireland is falling behind but the organisation has also set out proposals to improve the province’s performance. The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) comprises 34...

Learning across the border

Education policy was traditionally developed in isolation on both sides of the border but new links are now being explored. Cross-border work on education and skills is stepping up after decades of...

Children: a statistical picture

The 2011 Census’ findings about children and young people in Northern Ireland. With 24 per cent of its residents aged under 18, Northern Ireland has one of the youngest populations in Europe....

Cross-border children’s policy

North/South co-operation on child protection is supported by both administrations and has resulted in tangible progress. When 250 delegates attended an all-island child protection conference in Dundalk last May, it marked a...

Children’s strategy drafted

Junior ministers Jonathan Bell and Jennifer McCann have published a draft children’s strategy for Northern Ireland, designed to tackle child poverty and improve children’s rights. The final strategy, due to be published...