Lockdown Activity List to help keep children active during half-term

Vicky Ford MP
13 February 2021
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The half-term holiday is upon us and we know parents and carers have been going above and beyond with the challenging task of keeping children entertained and active at home. The government wants to support parents, carers and families even further which is why today, Children and Families Minister Vicky Ford is launching the 'Lockdown Activity List' to provide primary-aged children with a list of suggested activities, all of which can all be done in a lockdown-friendly way over the February half-term.

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Parents' views inform the way forward - alternative arrangements for awarding qualifications in Northern Ireland in 2021

Department of Education NI
12 February 2021
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Examinations set by the Council for the Curriculum, Examinations and Assessment (CCEA) were cancelled at the start of January due to the worsening health pandemic. On 2nd February the Minister announced the way forward on alternative awarding arrangements for 2021. Prior to the announcement, with the help of Parentkind, officials of the Department of Education met with parents of young people in Years 11 to 14. Their views on the proposed arrangements were listened to and acted upon to help ensure the arrangements going forward meet well the needs of our young people.

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Constant interruptions - a parent's view from the kitchen table

The Private Parent
11 February 2021
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Our homeschooling parent gives us another insight into the challenge of battling distractions to achieve school work - cookies do feature, however!

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Mother’s Day

Emily Packham
09 February 2021
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We know that Mother's Day this year might look a bit different this year. However, there are ways to be creative and show your love this Mother's Day. You can perform simple acts of kindness from your home. A little celebration or gesture can go a long way.

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The children are listening: educated by the adults

Claire Carter
03 February 2021
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Claire Carter, a parent of twins at secondary school and Chair of Governors for a local primary school, shares her view on the education system in the current climate and how this is affecting the children involved.

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