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Therapy Dogs in our Schools – A Very Good News Story

Posted in: Cassidy's Comments on 09/05/2024 BBC N Ireland recently brought us the story of Caleb White, a 16-year-old pupil from Harberton Special School in Belfast who has a number of complex special needs, including autism, ADHD and OCD. He hiked up Divis and Black Mountain in one day to raise the £7,000 needed to pay for a new mental heal...
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Discrimination and Equality
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Facing up to the Problem of Mobile Phones in Schools

Posted in: Cassidy's Comments on 11/03/2024 Over recent weeks media outlets have been highlighting the issue of the misuse of mobile phones in schools and the current government response encapsulated in their press release; “Government launches crackdown on mobile phones in schools”. When faced with new difficulties like this, it is temptin...
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Wellbeing
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What Needs to Change in our Schools in the New Year?

Posted in: Cassidy's Comments on 25/01/2024 In the run-up to Christmas the long- awaited Independent Review of Education in Northern Ireland was released. It had been commissioned as part of commitments contained in the New Decade New Approach deal, which restored the Northern Ireland Executive in January 2020. Its scope is very wide ranging...
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Wellbeing
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Why is School Attendance, Here in Northern Ireland, the Worst on Record?

Posted in: Cassidy's Comments on 09/11/2023 School attendance levels in Northern Ireland are getting much worse. Statistics provided by the Department of Education (DE) since 2021 show that 30% of pupils had absence rates which were classed as "chronic" or "severe chronic". This means that a pupil has been absent for over 10% of school days ...
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Policies and Procedures
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Cyberbullying – a Real and Present Danger to our Young People

Posted in: Cassidy's Comments on 27/09/2023 Brian O'Donovan, RTE’s work and technology correspondent has flagged up a concern expressed by online safety charity, Cyber Safe Kids. The CEO, Alex Cooney, has warned that online safety for children remains a critical issue that is not being sufficiently addressed in our schools or by the social m...
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Discipline and Grievance
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Overuse of Technology in the Classroom?

Posted in: Cassidy's Comments on 04/09/2023 Emma O Kelly, RTÉ’s Education correspondent, has highlighted a concern about possible over-reliance on technology to support learning in schools. She points to a recent UNESCO report which has advised caution about the use of laptops and tablets in the classroom. They suggest that the assumed advan...
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Should our Children Read More and Look at Screens Less?

Posted in: Cassidy's Comments on 30/05/2023 BBC Northern Ireland Education Correspondent Robbie Meredith has recently highlighted a report into children’s reading habits by the Progress in International Reading Literacy Study (PIRLS) which was administered by the NFER in 2021 for the Department of Education. This international study used dat...
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Wellbeing
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The Andrew Tate Effect. Who is Shaping the Values for School Boys?

Posted in: Cassidy's Comments on 02/05/2023 According to the Guardian newspaper in February 2023, Andrew Tate the social influencer has become very popular among British teenage boys. They apparently copy his phrases and philosophy. Parents and schoolteachers have expressed concern that he is influencing boys to exhibit misogynistic and aggr...
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Policies and Procedures Wellbeing
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Cost of Living Crisis -Teaching Pupils about Money

Posted in: Cassidy's Comments on 21/04/2023 The cost-of-living crisis has profoundly shaken our confidence in our ability to manage our finances well. As adults we are all on a steep learning curve educating ourselves about the best ways to cope with mortgage rates, credit card bills and even simple daily shopping. Logically therefore we nee...
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Family Friendly Rights Wellbeing
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The Human Cost of School Leadership

Posted in: Cassidy's Comments on 30/03/2023 No one can fail to have been shocked at the story of Reading headteacher Ruth Perry, who sadly took her own life while waiting for the release of an Ofsted inspection report which was about to downgrade her school from “outstanding” to “inadequate”. The BBC reported on reaction to this terrible new...
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Wellbeing