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As a parent you probably never thought you would be teaching your children at home. Remote learning can feel a bit scary but it can be an opportunity to be creative and have fun with your children so that being at home isn’t boring for them and stressful for you.
It is important to have a routine every day. Work out a schedule together, either in writing like a timetable or with pictures like a visual timetable, that way everyone knows what’s going to happen daily.
Incorporate core learning times for literacy and numeracy (keep it short and sweet 20-30min blocks should work, we don’t want them to get bored!), add in break and lunchtimes, add the fun activities to do together and the times to work or play independently. Don’t forget this is home and not school so the timing for learning is up to you!
Also if you have received work from school, use these resources and do them at the same time each day at a time when your child learns best. If you run out of resources or learning materials, you could contact your school for more.
If you have access to the internet there are vast libraries of resources online and most of them are free to use. Here are some websites that you may find useful.
The Education Authority (EA) is responsible for assessing eligibility for transport assistance in line with the Department of Education (DE) criteria.
The Getting Ready to Learn programme aims to support pre-school education providers to encourage and develop parental involvement in children's early learning.
The Education Authority has a statutory responsibility for the provision of transport assistance to facilitate attendance at a grant-aided school of pupils for whom fees are not paid and who are resident in Northern Ireland. This guide aims to help you navigate the transport application process.
EA supports the Department for Infrastructure’s ‘Be Safe Be Seen’ campaign throughout the school year and would urge parents/guardians to remind children and young people to wear reflective clothing to help motorists see pupils from a distance especially during dark mornings and evenings.
We help with all aspects of your child's journey through education from admission to pre-school, getting transport to school, changing schools, to moving through primary and post-primary. We are also here to help with newcomer issues, special educational needs and provide support whenever you or your child needs it.
Here are some frequently asked questions about school meals.
In the majority of cases, the legislation covers areas other than special educational needs. Only the relevant parts for Special Educational Needs are mentioned for ease of reference. The legislation is provided most recent first.
The Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) Act (Northern Ireland) 2016 will reform how children with Special Educational Needs are identified and supported.
This page provides useful resources on support available for parents and families.
SBRI: Making better use of multi-agency data to provide more effective support for children with SEND
In Northern Ireland in 2019 over 347,000 pupils make up the school population.
Of this number, over 21,000 children have a Statement of Special Educational Needs. This represents around 6% of the total school population.
A series of online programmes will be available to help support staff, schools, governors and education sector stakeholders to prepare for GDPR.
The Education Library Service supports the DE vision ‘to enable each young person to achieve his/her potential’ and the aim of the Northern Ireland Curriculum ‘to empower young people to achieve their potential and to make informed and responsible decisions throughout their lives’.
If the educational establishment you work in is a public authority, the Freedom of Information Act means you must produce a publication scheme, which outlines the information you will routinely make available to the public - such as minutes of meetings, annual reports or financial information.
Online Application for Home to School Transport
The consultation in respect of the Online Application for Home to School Transport has now closed. The EA would like to thank everyone who responded to this consultation exercise.