Category Archives: Education

Programme update

agendaNi tracks the Programme for Government’s main commitments on skills and checks what has been achieved or not to date. A highly skilled and flexible workforce is one of the ingredients for...

Communities of discovery

“Counter-productive” government policy is causing problems for teachers and the entire education sector, Frank Coffield told delegates at the Learning and Skills Development Agency conference in April. After 42 years as a...

Skills gaps

Local businesses spent over £1 billion in one year on training their employees because of skills gaps in technical, practical and communication skills. agendaNi unpacks the figures. Two million training days were...

Testing times

Since 2008, when primary school pupils sat the last official transfer test, the education sector has increasingly become embroiled in turmoil. Caitríona Ruane has insisted the exam was “out-dated and unfair” and...

Is education performing?

agendaNi looks at efforts to tackle the gap between the province’s highest and lowest achievers, and compares exam performance in Northern Ireland with other parts of the UK. Educational underachievement is a...

More than a good book

For Libraries NI, the province’s public places of reading are also centres to serve the community more widely, as Chief Executive Irene Knox tells Owen McQuade. Among the many reforms brought about...