Category Archives: Education

Further Education: Supporting the economy

Further Education is central to rebuilding and rebalancing the economy. The Further Education (FE) sector, and its contribution to economic development and growth through the provision of high quality education and training,...

The future of youth training

Peter Cheney examines the key changes proposed in the review of youth training, which aims to equalise the vocational and academic education routes. A major review of youth training in Northern Ireland...

Student trends

agendaNi looks at the trends and prospects for local student entry into third level education. In the 2012-2013 academic year a total of 64,400 Northern Ireland domiciled students enrolled at higher education...

Steady reform for qualifications

agendaNi assesses the direction of travel for local GCSEs, A-levels and vocational qualifications. Since mid-2013, the reform of GCE and GCSE qualifications in England and Wales has diverged from the pattern of...

The reconciliation priority

Twenty years after the ceasefires, deep sectarian divisions continue – reflected in the schools system. Tony Gallagher calls for real leadership on delivering reconciliation in education, in order to underpin political progress....

Skills: the devolution difference

Employment and Learning Minister Stephen Farry talks to Owen McQuade about how devolution has improved Northern Ireland’s skills and education landscape in comparison with Great Britain. At a time when devolution cannot...

Exam results trends

A summary of the 2013 GCSE, AS and A-level results. GCSE The Department of Education’s most recent headline results for state examinations cover 2013. The number of students who took their GCSE...