Fines for overdue library books are to be removed with immediate effect, Communities Minister Deirdre Hargey has announced. Minister Hargey explained: “Libraries are a crucial resource at the heart of our communities. They serve as a place for people to access a wide range of services including books, newspapers, onlineRead More →

Health Minister Robin Swann has welcomed the publication of detailed guidance for young people and parents on school age Covid vaccination. Pupils aged 12-15 years old are to be offered a single Covid vaccine dose in the coming weeks, in line with the joint recommendation of the UK’s four ChiefRead More →

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 →

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 →