Category Archives: Education

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...

Integral to the mission

Peter Finn, Principal of St Mary’s University College, answers agendaNi’s questions on the future of teacher training, unemployment among newly qualified teachers and a single teacher training college. Where is Catholic education...

Delivering on the skills agenda

Owen McQuade talks skills and education with Trevor Carson, Director of the Learning and Skills Development Agency. As Trevor Carson acknowledges, “massive change” is under way in the further education (FE) and...