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Stormont can stretch the bounds of process and at least do *something*
Is Stormont about to get weird? Maybe. Is weird better than silent? Yes.
Citizenship education: what's gone wrong
What sort of young people do we want emerging from our schools?
Youth organisations have a big role in improving child mental health
The wellbeing of Northern Ireland’s children and young people remains a concern. Local youth groups could do with better financial support – and help building systems where they can collaborate.
Children with additional needs struggle to find a place to play
All children should be able to use play parks. However, new research shows that many children with additional needs still struggle to find places that allow them to pursue this fundamental part of childhood.
Can children make their parents care about climate change?
A survey of NI parents found, for the first time, that climate change is an emerging worry. This could change attitudes across all of society – and lead to action.
Should we expect our politicians to be smarter?
Elected representatives are tasked with huge decisions affecting all our lives. Public policy is awash with numbers - but a lot of politicians struggle with basic maths.
Northern Ireland’s education system lets deaf children fall behind
Deaf children should perform just as well as their peers. Right now, this isn’t happening. Better support would allow children to thrive.
Why early education is an investment, not a cost
When the Fair Start report into educational disadvantage was published last year it was widely praised. The then education minister Peter Weir described it as: "One of the most important reports I have overseen in my time".
We all have a part to play in reducing violence against women
Northern Ireland is the most dangerous place in Europe to be a woman. That has to change. Everyone – including all men – has a role in creating a safer society.
What would happen if we abandoned academic selection?
A new UU report looks at education north and south of the border. In any such comparison, it’s hard not to focus on the transfer tests.
Stormont opts out of collating schools’ records of bullying
Data is crucial to policy, but NI’s government has chosen not to collect and compare information on bullying recorded by schools. This might be for the best.
Schools should look forwards, not back
These days, Northern Ireland’s schools system is arguably more segregated than the society it serves. This has to change.
It’s not to late to fix childcare in Northern Ireland
The local childcare system fails both parents and providers, with financial pressures approaching breaking point. These failures also hurt the economy. However, there is still time to build something better.
Stormont could cut child poverty by a third
A new report about the direction of child poverty in Northern Ireland shows the difference that can be made by a robust social security system.