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The pandemic, women, and Building Back Better
The Women’s Policy Group NI has relaunched its Covid-19 Feminist Recovery Plan. Scope looks at why this is important.
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.
The pandemic made us £900 billion better off - but it's not all good news
Most of us have ended up wealthier as the result of the pandemic, according to research published this week.
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.
Child poverty and Northern Ireland's house of cards
Progress on child poverty has been slow. Between the pandemic and rising house prices, things could be about to get much worse.
Covid-19 and women: a shrinking job market and a growing risk of violence at home
For women, economic prospects and domestic abuse are interlinked. The pandemic is putting pressure on both.
Bringing wellbeing to Northern Ireland
New research from the Carnegie Trust has laid out a path for Northern Ireland to become a place that puts the genuine needs and wants of its people first.
Third sector has a chance to change its relationship with government
Charities, departments and the civil service could work together better. NICVA’s new manifesto is a great starting point for developing a new relationship – and is out for consultation.
Kids in the waiting room
In Northern Ireland, young people’s rights are underdeveloped. Scope talks with Children’s Commissioner Koulla Yiasouma about why this is – and what should be done.
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.
Transfer tests headed for crunch time
Calls to cancel this year’s post-primary transfer tests continue to mount – and the list of barriers to a fair testing process is growing. The Education Minister is gambling on everything going smoothly.