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Is Northern Ireland ready to go back to school?
The local R number is above one, which is a potential disaster given schools are supposed to open their doors in a week or two. Renewed restrictions elsewhere could be needed.
Education relies on pupils’ mental health
Local children will soon be back at school. Catching up on education is vital – but so is pupils’ mental health. Scope looks at a new report from Barnardo’s NI that gathered evidence from teachers and other education staff.
More than a good start
Sure Start is two decades old but still going strong. Scope takes a look at a long-running programme that has managed to stay fresh.
Reductive politics is on collision course with reality
It wasn’t just election week, it was Brexit election week. Or was it? And what about the Stormont talks? Voters are more subtle than politicians and we stand at a policy crossroads. Without fixes there could be enormous public anger.
Media failings make resuscitating Stormont harder
Local journalism didn’t bring down the Executive but its shortcomings perhaps greased the wheels of collapse and are helping to manage its ongoing non-existence.
Employment highs are obscuring a great malaise
The latest job market updates look great. Take a peek behind the figures, however, and the story is different.
Let’s talk about Shared Prosperity
Where is the consultation on the UK Shared Prosperity Fund? And, when it does come, what should a new infrastructure fund look like?
How is NI performing? (part three)
Our third and final article looking at how our public sector is doing, by its own measure.
In education, religion’s reach goes far beyond segregation
A new report from Ulster University has found that religion – and specific religious groups – hold sway at every level of the NI schools system.
How is NI performing? (Part two)
The second in our trio of articles taking an accessible look at how our public sector is doing, by its own measure.
How is Northern Ireland performing? (part one)
The Executive Office recently published its year-end report looking at progress against outcomes in the draft Programme for Government. Scope takes a look at the bottom line.
Local news is vital for communities
Newspapers are dying, but we still need news. How should we replace what is lost? Should journalism go full circle and return to its roots as a charitable cause?
‘Traditional’ men’s work is not just for boys
North Belfast charity Women’stec is tearing down barriers that have kept women from careers like joinery, plumbing and surveying. Scope speaks with CEO Lynn Carvill.
Welfare Reform mitigations must continue
A Westminster committees inquiry has concluded that NI’s mitigations package should continue beyond next March’s benefits cliff edge – action is required now.