Category Archives: Education

Rising joblessness

MLAs and business leaders are seeking bolder action after unemployment rose by 8,000 in three months. Rising joblessness has prompted calls for an urgent re-think of the Executive’s economic policies.  The official...

Higher education strategy

An increased emphasis on subjects needed in the economy and research collaboration between universities and business is central to the new strategy. The province’s first higher education strategy, published by Employment and...

Demographics and definitions

A summary of population projections for children. The Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency (NISRA) projects that the number of children aged 0-18 will increase from 458,000 in 2012 to a peak...

Churches and children’s work

A large share of Northern Ireland’s youth and children’s work is carried out by churches and faith-based groups. Peter Cheney considers the sector’s scale and how it fits into society. While children’s...

PlayBoard: putting play on the agenda

An outline of the organisation’s work and how play can be encouraged by government policy. Who are PlayBoard? PlayBoard is Northern Ireland’s lead NGO for children’s play and as such the organisation...

Skills in the ESA

The Department of Education will continue to cut spending in management and support services until the Education and Skills Authority is established in 2013. It will have a limited remit in the...