The Executive has today, Thursday 15 April, agreed a package of relaxations to the current Coronavirus Health Regulations including the reopening of close contact services and outdoor visitor attractions from 23 April then bars, restaurants and cafes (outdoors only) and all retail from 30 April.  From April 23: Resumption of driving instruction and theory tests;Read More →

The Expert Panel on Educational Underachievement has published its interim report. The Panel, established under the ‘New Decade, New Approach’ agreement, is examining links between persistent educational underachievement and socio-economic background. A wide range of oral and written evidence has been considered by the Panel, to determine what policy changes areRead More →

Pupils in all primary and post-primary schools will return to school after the Easter holidays. This follows a review during the Executive’s  meeting on Thursday 1 April when it was agreed that the remaining students in years 8 to 11 could resume face-to-face teaching from 12 April. Education Minister Peter WeirRead More →

Today, it was announced that Belfast has won the bid to host One Young World in 2023, a global summit that brings together over 2000 young leaders from over 190 countries with the aim of tackling some of the most pressing issues of our time.  This landmark opportunity will putRead More →

The Cinemagic ‘On the Pulse’ short film festival presents a digital edition running until 31st March. The Festival, celebrating the short film genre, is funded by the Department for Communities through Northern Ireland Screen, and presents an online programme of unmissable films for children, families, schools, young adults and young filmmakers,Read More →

Education Minister Peter Weir has welcomed the phased return of Sure Start and youth services The Executive has given approval for initial steps to be taken in resuming some early years programmes, including Sure Start, and youth services allowing the gradual re-opening of programmes to support children and young peopleRead More →

Infrastructure Minister, Nichola Mallon has today (Monday 22 March) announced that new part-time speed limits on roads adjacent to 103 schools are now being implemented. Minister Mallon said: “I made a commitment in September last year to bring forward legislation to introduce part-time 20mph speed limits at around 100 schools acrossRead More →