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Back to school for children with SEN?
This academic year will hopefully face far less disruption than the previous two. This is important for all children – especially those with special educational needs.
Disability discrimination against children is “institutionalised” within NI’s education system
The Education Authority has acknowledged failures but it will have to prove that any reforms are genuine.
Not all young people are Digital Natives
Digital exclusion might not effect a huge proportion of children – albeit a lack of data makes it hard to be sure – but those who are excluded are at a massive disadvantage.
Why children need a Summer of Play
Play is in our nature – and it’s there for a reason. Scope speaks with PlayBoard NI CEO Jacqueline O’Loughlin about how children and young people need more support to explore themselves and the world around them.
Let the children play
Experts are expressing increasing concern about the impact the pandemic has had on physical activity amongst children and we have more reasons for worry in Northern Ireland than elsewhere.
Relationships and Sexuality Education should be standardised, comprehensive, more inclusive – and mandatory
Northern Ireland gives educators a lot of leeway on RSE. Some local organisations say the system needs to be tightened to avoid failing children.
Education: why the first days of life are the most important of all
If we are to fix educational underachievement in Northern Ireland we are going to have to spend £49.7 million extra every year on children before they even get to school.
Autism services are not fit for purpose
It would be simple to call anything and everything a priority as we look beyond Covid-19 – but the need for better support for autism truly does stand apart.
Time to address the brain drain
During its short existence Northern Ireland’s only think tank Pivotal has made significant contributions to improving debate about some of the challenges we face.
Forest Schools: an idea whose time has come
There is nothing more powerful than an idea whose time has come.
Time to count the cost of segregated education
A review of Northern Ireland’s education system is due to get under way later this year.
Transfer tests are more in the spotlight than ever
The post-primary transfer debacle appears finally to be over. What could have been a Covid-19 issue has become something more, thanks in large part to the Education Minister.
Holiday camps can tackle holiday hunger and be educational – but there is room to improve
Feeding hungry children should be uncontroversial. Combining this with activities to develop skills and knowledge sounds like a good idea – and work involving Children in NI shows promise.
Human Rights and Covid-19
The NI Human Rights Commissioner’s latest Annual Statement looks at 2020, the pandemic, and any progress – or not – in the wider rights picture for NI, where children appear to be second-class citizens.