Meanwhile over at what really matters…

Well below the big headline on the latest torrid twist with Gerry Adams’ grim mugshot  at the top, lurks the unassuming headline “NI trailing in English and Maths”.

This is the local version of the big OECD report on educational performance in England and NI which concludes that today’s kids are less well educated in the basics than their grandparents (people like me). And yes there’s a paradox here.” Northern Ireland is ‘best in Europe’ at primary maths. But that in turn is doubtful according to the literacy and numeracy reviewer.  What a mess! What’s the plan for improving standards out of savings from school closures? Anybody know? Anybody care when you’ve big stuff like parades to sound off about?


Former BBC journalist and manager in Belfast, Manchester and London, Editor Spolight; Political Editor BBC NI; Current Affairs Commissioning editor BBC Radio 4; Editor Political and Parliamentary Programmes, BBC Westminster; former London Editor Belfast Telegraph. Hon Senior Research Fellow, The Constitution Unit, Univ Coll. London