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Homework is complicated
Can homework plug the learning gap? Work from Parenting NI indicates the benefits of homework are complicated – and there is no one perfect policy.
Covid-19: why we have to take the pain
As tough new restrictions are introduced to try to stem the spread of Covid-19 in Northern Ireland a furious debate has ignited as to whether we are doing the right thing.
Domestic violence in NI is epidemic
Almost one in five recorded crimes in Northern Ireland are crimes of domestic violence. Incidences of abuse in the home are on the rise. Covid-19 and lockdown has played a part – but the problems go deeper.
Community leadership: bringing on the next generation
Many community and voluntary organisations face a looming crisis.
Water: the crisis you might not know about
Northern Ireland’s water system is bursting at the joins. This is holding back economic and social development and damaging the environment.
Food banks, poverty and our broken Welfare State
How has it come to pass that in one of the wealthiest countries on the planet so many people are dependent on the kindness of others to provide for their most basic of needs, food?
Anti-Slavery Commissioner publishes her first annual report
Northern Ireland’s recent efforts to tackle modern slavery deserve credit – but there is still a long way to go.
The pandemic's devastating impact on stroke survivors
We’re now bracing for a second surge of Covid-19 cases.
Younger voices feel sidelined during the pandemic
An NI Youth Forum survey asked young people about their experiences of, and thoughts about, lockdown. It highlights concerns about mental health and education – and about not being listened to.
Happiness and where to find it
Happiness is the meaning and the purpose of life, the whole aim and end of human existence -Aristotle.
Northern Ireland’s youth feels looked after individually, but worries about society and climate change
The Executive needs to craft a new Programme for Government. Scope takes a look at how young people rate progress on the high-level outcomes that guide Stormont. Their biggest concern is the environment.
Faith in education: religion and our schools
The closer our segregated education system is scrutinised the more unjustifiable it appears.
Covid-19 and charities: the thorny path to recovery
NICVA’s latest Covid-19 Impact Survey shows the immense impact of the pandemic on the local third sector and its ability to deliver services. Significant statutory help is needed. It won’t be provided without making a good case.
Restoring our woods: the mind boggling challenge ahead
Climate scientists and governments across the globe agree that key to tackling climate change is planting more trees.