Category Archives: Education

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.  

Lifelong learners

Continuing professional development (CPD) is the means by which dedicated professionals can seek to enhance their existing skillset. Stranmillis University College’s vision is of “leading innovative professional practice” and this is clearly...

Lessons from academic selection

Northern Ireland continues to retain a virtually unique system of testing for the transition between primary and post-primary education. agendaNi examines academic selection. Academic selection has been a source of contention since...

Who’s who in education

A look at the key players in the education sector. Education Minister: Peter Weir, MLA A barrister by profession Peter Weir was originally elected as an Ulster Unionist back in 1998. Following...

Immersed in Irish

From acorns grow mighty trees. That is the hope, at least, of the Irish Medium sector in the oak leaf county. Ciarán Galway visits Gaelcholáiste Dhoire. Dungiven Castle, an imposing early 19th...