The Executive has taken the difficult decision to limit the arrangements for people to come together over Christmas. Christmas bubbling will now be reduced to one day only on a date between 23 and 27 December, to ensure flexibility for those working on Christmas Day to choose an alternative dayRead More →

Education Minister, Peter Weir, today (Friday 18 December) said that all schools and other education settings will reopen in the first week of January and said that he would prefer children to be able sit the transfer test in their own primary school setting. The Minister said: “My main priority has always beenRead More →

Health Minister Robin Swann has welcomed the NI Executive’s agreement to introduce a series of Covid-19 restrictions from 00:01 on December 26, 2020. The restrictions will be in place for six weeks, subject to review at four weeks. The Health Minister will be making an oral statement to the Assembly on Monday setting outRead More →

Samaritans tells callers – we’re here for you this Christmas Being separated from family and loved ones over the Christmas period is one of the biggest concerns facing callers to Samaritans, the charity has revealed. Volunteers on the 24-hour helpline say almost a third of callers are feeling concerned aboutRead More →

Education Minister Peter Weir has today announced his intention to establish an Independent Review of Education. The Terms of Reference for the Review, which is an Executive commitment in New Decade, New Approach (NDNA) have been published today. Speaking in the Assembly the Minister said: “The ‘New Decade, New Approach’Read More →

The Public Health Agency (PHA) operates a dedicated COVID-19 education team to provide support on cases of COVID-19 that occur in a school setting. The team operates from Monday to Friday, 8am to 4pm, and on Saturday and Sunday from 10am to 2pm during term time. The education team willRead More →

According to a major study of 330,000 pupils in 58 countries carried out in Northern Ireland by the National Foundation for Educational Research (NFER), primary pupils in Northern Ireland are performing very well in maths and science. Results from the 2019 Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS) reveal thatRead More →

Child cruelty and neglect offences recorded by the PSNI in Northern Ireland are continuing to rise, with crimes increasing by 22% in the last year alone, the NSPCC has revealed. To raise awareness of child neglect and abuse this Christmas, a number of buildings across Northern Ireland* will turn greenRead More →

New proposals to assist sustainability of the childcare sector have been announced today. Education Minister, Peter Weir outlined the plans following the allocation of £8.5 million funding in October for ongoing recovery and sustainability within the childcare sector. The Childcare Sustainability Support Fund developed for the period 1 September to 31Read More →