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Weir gears up for battle over rural schools
When Education Minister Peter Weir launched the latest consultation on the future of schools he was setting himself for a severe examination which will test him to the limit.
Winter warner: increasing pressure on local health services
Last December the Royal College of Nursing said the independent sector is struggling with staffing levels. Scope looks concerns for care of older people as we head into winter.
Debate of the Week: sustainable schools and area planning
This week’s look at Stormont plenary sessions focuses on Education Minister Peter Weir’s statement on future plans for the schools estate.
Civil Service Head says there is no plan B
Early this week Sir Malcolm McKibbin the Head of the Northern Ireland Civil Service made a rare public speaking appearance in Belfast. Scope reports.
Missing link – promoting mental wellbeing in primary schools
It is World Mental Health Week and, in the second article in our education series on education, we look at younger children’s mental health and the lack of provision for people of this age
Debate of the Week – Housing Associations: Reclassification
This week’s look at Stormont’s plenary sessions focuses on the ONS’s reclassification of local Housing Associations to public bodies.
Will May read the Vital Signs?
It’s ironic that the Vital Signs survey was published the very day Prime Minister Theresa May made her speech at the Conservative Party conference.
Integral to the future - integrated education, a choice for everyone
In the first of our big series on education in Northern Ireland, Scope talks to the Integrated Education Fund about their vision for schools.
Debate of the Week: NSMC and education
The latest Debate of the Week is a Brexit-infused look at a recent meeting of the North/South Ministerial Council.
Laying the Groundwork for success
Groundwork NI has recovered from the doldrums and is now finding a way to help other organisations – especially smaller ones – flourish, according to its new CEO.
Debate of the Week – Rural Bank Closures
Week three of our new eye on Stormont’s plenary sessions and we look at the SDLP’s motion on rural bank closures.
David Gordon: the task ahead
When you are working with puppets the strings should never show. That’s why the first rule for spin doctors is shape the stories and never become part of them.
Debate of the week – visionary Brexit
This week Scope will look at the UUP’s plenary call to action on their recent policy paper, A Vision for Northern Ireland outside the EU.
A dash of vodka meets a mixed reception
When Smirnoff got involved with Pride, it was not to complete acclaim. Balancing positive marketing and discussing difficult issues, generating funding and acting in the purest interests of the community - this can be a real tangle.