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Northern Ireland's affirmative action programme for fair employment shows success

A study by a research team from the University of Oxford has found a direct association between the programme and improvements in fair employment, both for Catholics and Protestants.

Since 1989, Northern Ireland's affirmative action programme has used legal enforcement measures that aim to ensure that both communities in Northern Ireland - Catholics and Protestants - are ensured ‘fair participation’ in employment.

New resources for teaching deaf children

Specialist resources aimed at improving literacy amongst deaf children are now available online and are already proving popular with teachers.

The resources have been developed by Professor Terezinha Nunes from the University of Oxford and supported by the Nuffield Foundation and the National Deaf Children’s Society.

Learning to read and write is more difficult for deaf children because letters represent sounds and they do not make the subtle discriminations between speech-sounds required for using an alphabet.