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Suspension Of The Transfer Tests, A Problem Or An Opportunity?

Posted in: Cassidy's Comments on 05/06/2020 As we move into the month of June the debate about the possible suspension of transfer tests for the coming academic year has moved centre stage. Looking back over the management of this pandemic, many difficult decisions have already had to be taken and changes made to accepted norms in schools. W...
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Squaring The Circle – A New Normal For Schools?

Posted in: Cassidy's Comments on 05/06/2020 On BBC N Ireland Newsline on Tuesday May 26th, Education Correspondent Robbie Meredith reported on Methodist College Principal Scott Naismith’s e mail to parents which articulated perfectly what many in the school leader community have been thinking, namely that current social distance protocols w...
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How Safe Is It to Reopen Our Schools?

Posted in: Cassidy's Comments on 20/05/2020 In this time of unprecedented uncertainty one thing is certain, it is a time of change. Society has proved to be much more adaptable to change than was thought possible. Aspects of life that seemed “set in stone” only a few weeks ago have been swept away and many “sacred cows” have had to go. Churc...
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School Closures and Learning from Home. Are iPads the Obvious Solution?

Posted in: Cassidy's Comments on 12/03/2020 As we all come to terms with the implications of the Coronavirus and plan for school closures, the importance of using online learning has suddenly moved to centre stage. Certainly schools in other countries are managing their closures with teachers working from home and interacting with pupils onl...
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Taking Children Out of School for Holidays in Term Time

Posted in: Cassidy's Comments on 18/02/2020 The thorny problem of children being taken on holiday during term time is presenting itself to head teachers this year as never before and is now even being debated on daytime television and in the press. Martin Lewis has entered the conversation with his celebrated money saving website, offering b...
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Building Resilience for Mental Health - a New Priority

Posted in: Cassidy's Comments on 22/01/2020 Like many people in recent months I became transfixed by the endless television coverage of both the Brexit debate and the drama around the General Election. Alongside that however has been growing alarm at the worsening conditions for staff and patients in our health service. Then, with the restor...
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How Should Schools Address Climate Change?

Posted in: Cassidy's Comments on 17/12/2019 On November 29th school pupils in Northern Ireland were again striking to protest about lack of action from the adult generation to address the threat of climate change, inspired by Greta Thunberg’s initial protest in late August 2018, when she took up position outside Sweden's Parliament for the f...
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General Election 2019 - New Focus on Mental Health in Young People

Posted in: Cassidy's Comments on 13/11/2019 Mental Health in young people is suddenly right up there as a national priority in the election campaign as Jeremy Corbyn vows to deliver an £849 million boost for children battling mental health problems if elected. He has stated that the party will recruit a qualified counsellor for each of Engl...
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School Transport Consultation Flags Up Change

Posted in: Cassidy's Comments on 12/11/2019 One of the first major consultations in 20 years by the Department of Education (DE) into school transport has reported that there is "broad support" for parents to pay a charge for home to school transport. Frank Cassidy discusses the implications of a potential charge for rural communities in No...
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Addressing Bullying in Schools Act (Northern Ireland) 2016

Posted in: Cassidy's Comments on 08/10/2019 In this month’s Cassidy’s Comments, Frank discusses the impact that the ‘Addressing Bullying in Schools Act (Northern Ireland) 2016’ would have for schools, not least the administrative burden required by the (now paused) Act. He states that this Act and the accompanying comprehensive guidance are...