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Issue Number 2


December 2020




Dear Teachers,


Welcome to Issue Two of WeLearn.  Thank you to everyone who responded to Issue One and those who came forward with contributions for Issue Two.


We'd like to remind everyone that we welcome ideas about possible future articles and the general direction which this website might take in order to be of most help to teachers.  You can contact us at with questions, thoughts and comments..


Many thanks for everybody's support in these difficult times for every part of the education system.


Stay safe,

The WeLearn Team

Table of Contents

1.     Editorial:  Welcome to Issue Two of WeLearn 

        Roisin McCreesh (EA) and Matthew Martin (St Mary’s University College)

2.     Tackling the Effects of Social Disadvantage in Education 

        Professor Tony Gallagher, Queen’s University 

3.     Children and the ‘New Rules’:  A Classroom Assistant’s Perspective 

        Martine Ross, Lisnasharragh Primary School, Belfast t


4.     Individual Education Plans/Personal Learning Plans:  Time for a Change of Approach? 

        John Hunter, ETI; Noel Purdy and Lois Totton, Stranmillis University College, Belfast


5.     Re-Evaluating Northern Ireland’s Educational League Table Culture: The Time is Now 

        Beth Moffatt 

6.     Resilient Teaching for Blended Learning

        Alistair Hamill, Lurgan College


7.     School Governance:  Make-Do-and-Mend?

        Matthew Milliken, Ulster University

8.     An Evidence-Based Approach to Blended and Remote Learning in School 

         Michael O’Kane, St Colmcille’s Primary School, Claudy

9.     Revival of KS3:  How the Dominance of Big Data Has Impacted on Pupil Experience

        Martin Ferguson, Ashfield Girls’ High School, Belfast 

10.    Knowledge vs Skills:  Lessons from Lockdown? 

         Maire Donnelly

11.     Reflections on the Impact of Covid-19 

         Tim Manson

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