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Schools Programme Booking Now Open for Belfast Children’s Festival and Bank of Ireland launch Innovation Matters...

Young at Art have revealed a specially selected programme for schools and groups at the 20th Belfast Children’s Festival 2018 (9-14 March). The international and local theatre shows, which take place during school time, promise to be the perfect outing for children aged 3 and upwards. Subsidised ticket deals and classroom resources linked to the curriculum means that it can be a deeper learning experience. Young at Art is offering schools and groups a discounted £5 ticket per person to the festival, with one free ticket per every 10 purchased. To book or for more information on Penguins, Aston's Stones, How to Catch a Star, Getting Dressed and Intro to Jazz, go to the Schools page on the Young at Art website

All About Play, Young at Art's celebrated CPD drama training for teachers and educational professionals will take place on Saturday January 20, 2018. The course is delivered by professional actors and covers drama in the classroom for ages three to 11 years. It is specifically designed to enhance teacher’s own creativity, and to have confidence and fun with drama in their school environment. All the exercises and games are linked to the NI curriculum and participants will receive: Certificate of Attendance, a prop box of drama equipment and an “All About Play” resource booklet and accompanying video link to all the course content. An Early bird discount offer is available for bookings made before December 15. Find more info and book on the Young at Art website.

Bank of Ireland UK has launched a new programme that will provide a wide range of free initiatives and resources to schools throughout Northern Ireland to help prepare students for life in a technology transformed world. The programme has been developed by Bank of Ireland UK in partnership with leading organisations aimed at teachers and students to enhance skills needed for the technological revolution that is fundamentally altering the way we live, work and relate to one another. William Thompson, Head of Consumer Banking NI at Bank of Ireland UK, said: “In this era of technological transformation, we are committed to playing our part in helping to develop the capability and skills of our young people to ensure they are equipped for the working world of the future.

“The first initiative to be rolled out under the new programme is the result of a partnership between Bank of Ireland UK, MakeMatic and several leading technology companies including Allstate, Kainos and Liberty IT. Together, we have created over 12 hours of bite-sized professional learning videos that will cover a range of topics including coding skills, 3D printing and virtual reality and will be available to 1,000 primary and post-primary teachers and therefore 30,000 students across Northern Ireland.”

Schools can gain free access to the MakeMatic bite sized professional learning videos by registering at For more information about Innovation Matters visit

Caption: Celebrating the launch of the initiative is William Thompson, Head of Consumer Banking NI, Bank of Ireland UK and Justin Edwards, CEO of CCEA.

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