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Sex education in schools – it’s not about sex

10 Feb 2017 Ryan MillerHealth, Education, Policy, Social Policy

Mark Breslin, Director of the FPA in Northern Ireland

Scope speaks with the Family Planning Association about how and why they think local sex education – or, rather, relationship and sexuality education – is inadequate.

Irish: how can an endangered language be a threat?

10 Feb 2017 Nick GarbuttEquality, culture

It is time we had a mature debate about the Irish language.  To do so we need to get a much broader context for our discussions. 

Four years and two months can be too young for school

3 Feb 2017 Ryan MillerEducation, Social Issues, Health

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

3 Feb 2017 Nick GarbuttNo Topics

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

2 Feb 2017 Nick GarbuttJustice

We’ve moved on a lot since the 1714 Riot Act. 

The benefits of learning Irish

27 Jan 2017 Ryan MillerEducation, Equality, Community Relations

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

27 Jan 2017 Nick GarbuttSector Issues, Economy

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

20 Jan 2017 Nick GarbuttFunding

Julie Harrison has been appointed Northern Ireland chair of the Big Lottery Fund. 

The third sector and 2017: uncertainty and necessity

20 Jan 2017 Ryan MillerPolicy, Health, Funding, Sector Issues

NICVA Chief Executive Seamus McAleavey

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

19 Jan 2017 Nick GarbuttNo Topics

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

13 Jan 2017 Nick GarbuttHealth

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

10 Jan 2017 Ryan MillerNo Topics

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

10 Jan 2017 Nick GarbuttPolitics, Policy

The prime purpose of government is to devise and implement public policy. 

Snap election analysis – part two

10 Jan 2017 Ryan MillerPolitics

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

6 Jan 2017 Nick GarbuttMedia, Politics

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

5 Jan 2017 Ryan MillerPolitics

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.

God, Nolan ... and wood pellets

16 Dec 2016 Nick GarbuttPolitics, Environment

There are many reasons why people choose to be interviewed by Nolan: an instruction from God will be a new one to most of us. 

Northern Ireland in 2017

16 Dec 2016 Ryan MillerPolitics, Social Policy, Health, Peace Process

Scope takes a look at some of the things we should expect for local politics and society in the coming 12 months.

Northern Ireland in 2017

16 Dec 2016 Ryan MillerPolitics, Social Policy, Health, Peace Process

Scope takes a look at some of the things we should expect for local politics and society in the coming 12 months.

Debate of the Week: Social Strategy

9 Dec 2016 Ryan MillerSocial Policy, Politics, Social Issues, Equality

In the last Stormont focus before Christmas recess, we look at what the Communities Minister is and isn’t saying about his plans for a social strategy.


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