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Four years and two months can be too young for school
Scope takes a look at the school starting age and asks if it is too inflexible, and whether it should be the starting point for a revision of some of our methods in early-years development.
Paul McGill RIP
Journalist and trade unionist Paul McGill touched and inspired many with the great courage he displayed as he faced up to the illness that was to end his life.
What the Supreme Court judgment really says about protests
We’ve moved on a lot since the 1714 Riot Act.
The benefits of learning Irish
Scope continues its focus on education in Northern Ireland with a look at the Irish language – discussing lifelong learning, bilingualism, immersion and increasing access.
Why good neighbours are worth their weight in gold
Everybody knows that if we were better neighbours and lived in stronger communities we’d not just be happier but better off, not just individually but collectively.
Harrison appointed NI Big Lottery Fund chair
Julie Harrison has been appointed Northern Ireland chair of the Big Lottery Fund.
The third sector and 2017: uncertainty and necessity
In a difficult period for NI, community and voluntary organisations will be more important than ever, despite facing huge difficulties. Scope speaks with NICVA CEO Seamus McAleavey about the current uncertainty.
Patrick Sanders, a tribute
This week we mourn the passing of our cartoonist and dear friend Patrick Sanders and celebrate his extraordinary talent.
Shining a light on parenting in the dark
Guest writer Joe Kenny @j0ekenny shares the joys of parenting for people with sight loss, and charts the shortcomings of the health and social care system
Snap election analysis – part three
In which we tally up our projection ranges and also ask the big, unasked question: will Jonathan Bell run against the DUP?
It's not just politics but government itself that's not working
The prime purpose of government is to devise and implement public policy.
Snap election analysis – part two
We are now officially in election season. What should we expect from the new polls, considering the Assembly’s reduction from 108 to 90 MLAs?
Arlene and the media
I was once told by someone who had suffered at the hands of the press that journalists are like beagles.
Reduce and reform – how a snap election could affect the Assembly
Will the new year bring a new Stormont? An election appears a distinct possibility, but ash for cash is not the only consideration - the reduction in MLAs is equally intriguing.