Category Archives: Education

A STEM snapshot

agendaNi analyses the latest GCSE trends for science, technology, engineering and maths. STEM subjects are covered by 11 GCSEs, examined by five different awarding bodies. Maths has the largest intake, as a...

Careers focus for Assembly committee

MLAs on the Employment and Learning Committee have proposed reforms for careers education after listening to complaints from young people and businesses. agendaNi sums up its suggestions. While the Assembly’s Employment and...

Meeting skills needs in challenging times

Northern Ireland’s Colleges are making an important economic contribution In November 2013, students from across the six regional Further Education (FE) Colleges took part in the Skills Show in Birmingham which is...

Tackling economic inactivity

Northern Ireland’s high proportion of adults outside the workforce has held back economic progress over the last 30 years. Peter Cheney examines the scale of the problem and first strategy aimed at...

OECD report seeks more reform

OECD data suggest that Northern Ireland is falling behind but the organisation has also set out proposals to improve the province’s performance. The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) comprises 34...

Learning across the border

Education policy was traditionally developed in isolation on both sides of the border but new links are now being explored. Cross-border work on education and skills is stepping up after decades of...

Children: a statistical picture

The 2011 Census’ findings about children and young people in Northern Ireland. With 24 per cent of its residents aged under 18, Northern Ireland has one of the youngest populations in Europe....