Environment Minister Edwin Poots and Education Minister Michelle McIlveen have praised the success of the School Pollinator Garden Scheme during a visit to Queen Elizabeth II Primary School in Pomeroy. The scheme is being delivered by Keep Northern Ireland Beautiful on behalf of the Department of Agriculture, Environment and RuralRead More →

“Gibellula Bangbangus”: Castle Espie finds species new to science! 2021 saw BBC Spring, Autumn and Winter Watches broadcast from Northern Ireland for the first time, choosing WWT Castle Espie as their base. During filming, WWT volunteer Jonathan Clark spotted a parasitic fungus growing on a cave spider in an oldRead More →

Monday 6 to Sunday 12 June is Child Safety Week in the UK. The annual community education campaign is run by the Child Accident Prevention Trust (CAPT), which aims to “help families build confidence and skills in managing the real risks to children’s safety. We want all children to haveRead More →

The Market Place Theatre in Armagh has extended its range of Dementia Friendly Film Screenings throughout the Summer season, allowing the whole family to come together and enjoy a trip to the cinema. These screenings are open to everyone, but have been tailored with care, attention, and insight to beRead More →

Families of children entitled to a free school meal will receive a school holiday food grant this summer, Education Minister Michelle McIlveen has announced today. The Minister said: “School holidays can create significant financial pressure for parents on low incomes and the ongoing cost of living crisis is causing furtherRead More →

National PTA Week and Awards will return for a second year between 20 – 24  June 2022. Contributing £121 million towards our school economies in 2019, PTAs were hard hit during the pandemic raising only £79.5 million in 2020, and 2021 figures are set to be bleak too. Founders ParentkindRead More →

Make your street party or family gathering fit for a royal over the bank holiday weekend.   Royal Guess Who? Both players start with a board each, filled with royal family members face-up, and select a mystery character card, of which only they can see. Players take turns asking yesRead More →

The Integrated Education Fund (IEF) and Ulster University School of Education have launched the Future Schools Toolkit at Stormont. The Future Schools project aims to support communities to explore sustainable solutions for primary school provision in their area. It was carried out by researchers at Ulster University’s UNESCO Centre andRead More →

Portstewart Strand is the next Inclusive Beach in Northern Ireland, thanks to work carried out by charity Mae Murray Foundation in partnership with National Trust. Until now this beach has been off limits for many with mobility, sensory and other needs, as sand and lack of appropriate toileting facilities canRead More →

A bursary programme has launched which will award funding to ten young athletes from across Northern Ireland throughout 2022. The first of the athletes selected for funding is Belfast-based sailor, Lauren McDowell, who has received a £500 bursary. Each of the ten athletes will be selected by Lady Mary andRead More →