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Have we Forgotten the Importance of Emotional Intelligence?

Posted in: Cassidy's Comments on 27/01/2023 With Prime Minister Rishi Sunak advising us that all pupils should study mathematics to prepare themselves better for success in our modern world, is there a danger that we will come to understand intelligence and ability in terms of exam grades only? In preparing our young people for an increasing...
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Education Funding 2023 – Not A Happy New Year

Posted in: Cassidy's Comments on 05/01/2023 Just before the Christmas break ASCL NI President Graham Montgomery wrote to Chris Heaton-Harris, Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, to express his dismay at the financial settlement for schools in 2022/23. He pointed out that although the Government have allocated extra money to pay specific...
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Robust School Leadership – Risks and Rewards

Posted in: Cassidy's Comments on 29/11/2022 With much debate in the media just now on ethics in public life and in particular with accusations of bullying levelled at government ministers and leaders in top jobs, it is appropriate to reflect on how these impacts on our schools and how they are managed.As in the world of politics where high-...
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Homework – Is It Really Necessary?

Posted in: Cassidy's Comments on 08/11/2022 Back in 2016, I wrote in this column about the possible value of homework, as it was being much debated in the newspapers at the time. As our schools gear up for open nights, hoping to attract new year 8 pupils for 2023, is it timely to look at this again and see what our schools are setting out as...
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Does Education Have a Role in Addressing the Current Political and Economic Chaos?

Posted in: Cassidy's Comments on 07/10/2022 The last few weeks have been worrying for us all in terms of our financial security and the stability of the everyday lifestyles that we have taken so much for granted for so long. Throughout the media coverage of the late Queen’s funeral there was unusually much discussion and praise for the value...
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Do We Still Need Examination Results to Prove We Are Successful?

Posted in: Cassidy's Comments on 15/09/2022 As results season swings into gear in schools across Northern Ireland we celebrate with the successful pupils and try to reassure and console those who have not done as well as they needed to. Apart from the exceptional cases where teachers are shocked by unexpected failures by pupils or surprised ...
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How can schools help with the cost of living crisis?

Posted in: Cassidy's Comments on 16/06/2022 In a joint letter, sent to Chancellor Rishi Sunak and Education Secretary Nadhim Zahawi by education unions representing one million school staff in England, it has been said that vulnerable children not receiving free school meals were facing a "real barrier to learning". They have called for al...
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Daydream Believer - Does Success Really Demand Total Concentration in School?

Posted in: Cassidy's Comments on 26/05/2022 Research just published by Professor Teresa McCormack, Dr Agnieszka Graham and Jessica Cherry from QUB has said that daydreaming "can be reliably measured in children and is of educational significance". Their research carried out by the School of Psychology involved 97 children aged six to 11 year...
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School Budgets and Energy Bills – A Looming Crisis

Posted in: Cassidy's Comments on 21/04/2022 As we come to terms with the harsh new realities of the higher cost of living and the effect on our household budgets, spare a thought for school leaders who must grapple with similar pressures on a much bigger scale. The Association of School and College Leaders Business Leadership Specialist Hayl...
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School Starting Age in Northern Ireland – Are We Out of Step with Best Practice Elsewhere?

Posted in: Cassidy's Comments on 15/03/2022 A bill which will allow parents more flexibility in deciding when their child starts school has been passed by the Northern Ireland Assembly. This follows a long campaign and subsequent consultation by The Department of Education which showed high levels of support for more flexibility in the schoo...