A scheme to make period products freely available to pupils in primary, secondary, special schools and EOTAS settings has been launched. The three-year pilot programme is expected to cost £2.6 million and is being delivered in partnership with the Education Authority (EA), the Council for the Curriculum, Examinations and AssessmentRead More →

1ST-31st October 2021 www.cinemagic.org.uk Cinemagic, one of the flagship festivals for young people in Northern Ireland, returns with a hybrid festival programme in venues and online this autumn. Participating venues include The Ulster Museum, Queen’s Film Theatre and Odeon Cinemas Belfast. The ‘lights, camera, action- packed’ festival film programme forRead More →

Special schools are set to benefit from an £800,000 investment for outdoor play and learning support. The funding will support the delivery of high quality creative and innovative play and learning experiences for all children and young people in special schools. Education Minister Michelle McIlveen announced the new programme at LongstoneRead More →

People aged 12-15 in Northern Ireland will be offered a first dose of COVID-19 vaccine shortly. This move follows the unanimous advice to ministers from the four UK Chief Medical Officers. Health Minister Robin Swann said: “I have carefully considered the advice provided by the four UK Chief Medical OfficersRead More →

Healthy children aged 12 to 15 should be offered one dose of a Covid vaccine, the UK’s chief medical officers say. In a letter to ministers the four CMOs said it would help reduce disruption to education. The move means around three million children across the UK could be eligibleRead More →

Education settings will no longer be asked to carry out contact tracing of pupils following an agreement between the departments of Education and Health. Starting today (10 September), contact tracing in schools will be taken forward primarily by the Public Health Agency’s (PHA) Contact Tracing Service, which brings Northern IrelandRead More →

Education Minister Michelle McIlveen has spoken out the current situation in relation to the impact of COVID-19 on schools. The Stormont Assembly has been recalled amid growing concern over the number of pupils who are absent from school because they are self-isolating due to close contact with a positive CovidRead More →

Figures obtained by NSPCC Northern Ireland reveal that online grooming crimes recorded by the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) jumped by 139% in the last three years to an all-time high. NSPCC campaigning saw the offence of sexual communication with a child introduced in Northern Ireland in February 2016.Read More →

Education Minister Michelle McIlveen hailed a £21m investment in the provision of education for special schools. A total of 17 special schools will benefit from the funding providing 61 additional classes, the recruitment of approximately 60 additional teachers and 145 additional classroom assistants. The Minister was visiting the Harberton North campusRead More →