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Are Our Schools Ready for a Post-Covid World?

Posted in: Cassidy's Comments on 18/10/2021 A report has recently been published by UNESCO’s International Commission on the Futures of Education, entitled “Nine ideas for public action”. It adds a much needed global view to our local struggles with the pandemic as we run the risk of just trying to recover our previous normality in schools r...
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The Struggle to Find a New Normal – Pandemic Management in Schools

Posted in: Cassidy's Comments on 14/09/2021 I think it is fair to say that the beginning of this new school year has not gone as well as was hoped. Initially, school pandemic management guidance was, according to Daniel McCrossan SDLP MLA, speaking on the Nolan Show, “not fit for purpose”. Following a deluge of complaints from school leade...
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Looking Back And Forward - Beyond The Pandemic

Posted in: Cassidy's Comments on 11/08/2021 It is five years exactly since I wrote my first article for Legal Island and I am immensely grateful to Scott Alexander and the team at Legal Island for giving me the opportunity to comment on current events in education. I have written over 50 pieces for this column during these years so it seemed...
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Placing Children In Schools – We Must Do Better

Posted in: Cassidy's Comments on 02/07/2021 We have all felt huge compassion for the plight of children who have not succeeded in getting into the school of their choice following the release of placements as a result of this year’s amended transfer process. Those involved in schools and education administration will have been well aware of ...
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Has the Pandemic Taught us any Important Lessons?

Posted in: Cassidy's Comments on 10/06/2021 As we tentatively move out of the long dark tunnel of the Covid 19 experience, blinking nervously in the sunlight of somewhat brighter days, it is perhaps an appropriate time to reflect on what has happened to us as individuals and as members of society. One background theme has been the struggle b...
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Implementation of Anti Bullying Legislation in Schools Update 2021

Posted in: Cassidy's Comments on 14/05/2021 The issues around the new Anti- Bullying Laws for schools were examined in my article for Legal Island in October 2019. At that time objections by the teaching Unions had halted the roll out of the new proposals: “On August 29th, 2019 the Department of Education wrote to all school principals to in...
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Supporting Teenagers in the Age of COVID-19

Posted in: Cassidy's Comments on 28/04/2021 One of the most telling commentaries about the effect of the pandemic on our young people was aired recently on RTE News. It confirmed my own fears based on a lifetime working with older teenagers in school, that their wellbeing and mental health are fragile. On March 12th Philip Bromwell intervie...
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Avoiding the “Catch up Narrative” in Schools

Posted in: Cassidy's Comments on 19/03/2021 The Department of Education has issued guidance to schools to help deal with the issues of potential lost learning across the pupil population in Northern Ireland during the pandemic. It accepts the reality that the long-term effect of the current unprecedented disruption on learning is difficult ...
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Can Our Reopened Schools Be Safer?

Posted in: Cassidy's Comments on 24/02/2021 As we move closer to another school reopening cycle, public opinion seems to be coming to terms with the reality that the pandemic may not end neatly and that adaptations to our lifestyles will be required in the medium or even longer term, and this of course applies to schools to when considering ...
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Education Recovery Plans - Time For A Rethink?

Posted in: Cassidy's Comments on 09/02/2021 There is a growing realisation that this pandemic has changed realities in the world of education. Previously untenable measures like remote learning have been introduced nationally and a radical adjustment to learning styles has had to take place, especially involving the role of technology and h...
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