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Progress in the Arts

Progress in the Arts provides support and guidance for teachers delivering the Arts Area of Learning within the Northern Ireland Curriculum. It contains suggestions for activities in Art and Design, Music, and Drama, from Foundation Stage through to Key Stage 3.

The Leonardo Effect

A teaching methodology that integrates subjects and the developments of pupils' skills. It has been delivered in every region of the British Isles involving 1,200 children.

Museum of Modern Art

This site has free online educational resources and gives virtual tours of their collections

National Gallery, Ireland.

Contains information about its collections with a virtual tour accompanied by John O'Connor.

National Gallery, London

Online education resources and tours of the collection arranged by artists or century, with information about the artists and their work.

National Gallery of Art, Washington.

Online educational resources and tours of their collection.

Tate Galleries

This website has a guide to each of the four Tate galleries and offers online education resources through their Learn page. Every work in the Collection has its own online information page and the majority are illustrated.

Ulster Museum

This website explores the Museum's art, history and science collections.

Your Paintings

Your Paintings is a website which aims to show the entire UK national collection of oil paintings, the stories behind the paintings, and where to see them. It contains paintings from thousands of museums and other public institutions around the country. Your Paintings is a joint initiative between the BBC, the Public Catalogue Foundation and participating collections and museums from across the UK. There is also a section for teachers.



The Economist The Financial Times The Guardian The Wall Street Journal



American Economic Association Resources for Economists

This guide is sponsored by the American Economic Association. It lists more than 2,000 resources in 97 sections and sub-sections of interest to academic and practicing economists, and those interested in economics.


A website for students and educators in business studies, economics, accounting, leisure, sport & recreation and travel and tourism. The site has a Learning Zone with resources on a range of topic from accounting to travel and tourism.

European Central Bank

The ECB provides information, statistics and monthly reports and has an Education section with games and resources for students and schools.

European Commission - Economic and Financial Affairs

The latest information about the EU with key reports and publications.


MONETOS is a new research initiative aiming to create a communicative platform within the European arena and to provide an overview of European society and finance which is accessible to all. They have useful guides on international living for students going to Europe or coming here to study.


The Bookmark Series
The website of the English Association, the Bookmarks series are intended to provide additional independent resources for literature teachers and readers wanting to broaden their engagement with literature. There are sections for teaching poetry, for Primary and Secondary teachers, and for students in Higher Education

Get writing NI

A BBC website designed to encourage, inspire and support local writers. There is information about writing events, local authors and a section on resources for writers.

Oxford University Press

The Oxford University Press has some free teachers' resources in the form of children's books and worksheets that can be downloaded as well as information about their publications for primary and secondary school English teachers.

Poetry Archive

The Poetry Archive comprises a collection of poets reading their work. There are resources for teachers of poetry and for students.


The Geography Association

This site contains information and free resources for teachers of geography. The GA has led and continues to lead a number of innovative curriculum development projects.

Landscapes Unlocked

An interactive online resource from the BBC that uses aerial footage of Northern Ireland. There is a Teachers' Zone with teachers' notes for five areas of geography and links to other useful sites.

Ordnance Survey

Great Britain's national mapping agency website has an Education and Research section for schools and universities with teaching resources and free maps.

Placenames Database of Ireland

The Placenames Database of Ireland website has educational resources and historical maps. The site is bilingual and can be searched in Irish and English.

Royal Geographical Society

Founded in 1830, the RGS supports research, education, expeditions and fieldwork. There is a section on schools and education with teaching resources for each key stage.

Sustainable development

An interactive resource from the BBC for teachers and pupils at Key Stage 3. A cross curricular site, this is also relevant to Citizenship, English, History, ICT and Science.


Worldmapper is a collection of nearly 700 maps with territories are resized according to area of interest, e.g. Disease, violence, poverty, pollution etc. Some maps are available to print as posters.

Young People's Geographies

The Young People’s Geographies project led by the Geographical Association aims to make school geography more exciting and relevant to students by involving them in curriculum making and by focusing on their own lived geographies. There is also a resources section.


Belfast History

A local history website which invites contributions from members of the public, as well as historians, about all aspects of history in Belfast. Categories include Childhood, Entertainment, How we lived, Important Sites, Transport and the United Irishmen.

BBC History

BBC History has more than 450 feature articles on all periods of history and biographies by leading writers, and many programmes on history from the BBC archives. There is also has a History for Kids section with games, animations and activities.

BBC GCSE Bitesize History

The website provides revision material for GCSE exams, It includes a section on Northern Ireland history from 1965 - 1985.

BBC Mobile Learning

This Northern Ireland website allows users to experience history in a local setting. Based in Nendrum Abbey for Key Stage 2 pupils there are also tours and activities on emigration, based at Donegall and Queen's Quay in Belfast, and the siege at the Walls of Derry for older students.

Easter Rising

This BBC site documents the 1916 Easter Rising and War of Independence that followed, using essays, photographs, sound archive, music and newspapers from the period.

National Museums, Northern Ireland

This site links to the Ulster Museum, Ulster Folk and Transport Museum, Ulster American Folk Park and the Armagh County Museum.

The learning staff of each Museum have developed a wide variety of curriculum linked activities, lessons and resources.

Placenames Database of Ireland

The Placenames Database of Ireland website has educational resources and historical maps. The site is bilingual and can be searched in Irish and English. This is a valuable resource for journalists and translators, students and teachers, historians and researchers in genealogy.

Public Record Office of Northern Ireland

PRONI holds a rich and diverse collection of archives which can be used to enhance the education and learning process at all levels.

The website has an education and academic research section.

Titanic stories

The Titanic Stories website has information about the Titanic on the island of Ireland. It includes facts, stories, videos and news of events and attractions connected to RMS Titanic.

World War 1 Centenary: Continuations and Beginnings

A resource with a variety of materials, including expert articles, lectures, images, interactive maps and ebooks and teaching materials under a set of cross-disciplinary themes that seek to reappraise the War in its cultural, social, geographical and historical contexts. Many of these resources have been specially created by the University of Oxford and partner academics for this website.

World War 1 Discovery Programme

As part of the JISC World War One Discovery Programme to mark the centenary in 2014 of the outbreak of the War, King's College London has created an accessible online database which captures information on UK university, archive, library and museum holdings relating to the conflict. The project has mainly focused on those collections which have already been digitised.


Ask Kids

Ask Kids is a search engine designed exclusively for young people ages 6 to 12. It's a free, safe, fun way for kids and their parents to quickly and easily research school topics like science, maths, geography, language arts, and history in a search environment that's safer and more age-appropriate than traditional, adult search engines.
ICT Teachers' Website

The ICTeachers website is the public services area for ICWebs. It is designed to provide a range of freely available resources and support for all those involved in education. The Resources Vault has contributions from working teachers on a wide range of topics and there is also a regular ICT Newsletter.

Safe Search

Safe Search is a search engine designed for use in primary schools to start safe internet sessions for pupils.


BBC Mathematics and numeracy

This website has links to games and resources for teachers, parents and pupils on all aspects of mathematics and numeracy.

Cool Math 4 Kids

This is an American website designed as amusement park of maths games and lessons to help children enjoy maths while they learn.

Maths Dictionary for kids

This is an interactive animated maths dictionary which explains over 600 common mathematical terms and maths words in simple language.

Maths for kids

A website with Mathematics resources for children aged 6 to 11, year 2 to year 6, grade 1 to grade 5 with online competitions games and exercises.

Planning your holiday

Part of the Northern Ireland Curriculum for Key Stage 3 mathematics. Planning your holiday is an online financial capability resource.

Talk Money, Talk Maths

Part of the Northern Ireland Curriculum Key Stage 3 mathematics. Talk Money, Talk Maths uses four real life scenarios that will support mathematics learning and teaching while raising awareness of financial issues for young people.


BBC Radio 3

This website has features and listings from the classical, jazz, world music and arts network.

Musical Mysteries (Teachers' Guide)

(Website has been archived and is no longer updated). Designed to help support the N. Ireland Music Curriculum for Key Stage 1 and 2 (7-11 year olds). There is a Teacher's area with Lesson Plans and guidance notes on how to gain the most from the website.

Sing up

The Music Manifesto’s National Singing Programme is a programme designed to put singing is at the heart of every primary school child’s life. The Teaching Tools and Advice section has lesson plans and how-to guides.

The Sleepover Planet

This is a BBC Northern Ireland website which takes the teacher through the process of staging a school musical. It complements the NI curriculum for music at Key Stage 2.

Physical Education and Sport

The Northern Ireland Curriculum

This website provides teachers and assistants with support in planning, teaching and assessing physical development in the Foundation Stage, at Key Stages 1 & 2 and at Key Stage 3.

Department for Education

The English statutory programme of study for PE at Key Stages 1 and 2, and Key Stages 3 & 4, the attainment target level descriptions are accessible from these pages.

BBC GCSE Bitesize

The BBC website for revision topics in GCSE physical education.

Disability Sports NI

This website has information and resources on all aspects of disability and sport in Northern Ireland.


The official GAA website includes information on the History of the GAA and information on coaching and games development.

Irish Sports Council

The Irish Sports Council is a statutory authority. The website lists contacts for all the major sports bodies in Ireland and its Research papers and other Publications are available to download.


LA84 is a sports education and coaching foundation website currently converting portions of its traditional library collection to digital format. The growing digital collection now contains more than 300,000 pages, stored in over 100,000 PDF files.

Northern Ireland Sports Forum

This is the website of the umbrella organisation for the voluntary sport sector in N. Ireland. There are links to all the sporting associations who are members of the Forum.

Sport England

Sport England creates opportunities for people of all ages and abilities to play sport in every community. Research papers, case studies and reports are available to download.

Sport Northern Ireland

This website covers all aspects of sport, including Recent Research and Current job vacancies.


Teach PE offers free resources on physical education and sport coaching and information on anatomy and physiology, training and fitness, sport psychology and sport coaching.


BBC Religion

The BBC website covers all aspects of world religions including Christianity, and the Catholic Church, ethics, and the history of the Reformation.

Northern Ireland Curriculum at Key Stage 1 & 2
The Key stage 1 & 2 curriculum for Religious Education in Northern Ireland.

Northern Ireland Curriculum at Key stage 3

The Key Stage 3 curriculum for Religious Education in Northern Ireland.

The Revised Core Syllabus for Religious Education

The revised RE core syllabus includes Christianity, morality and for the first time, World Religions and a  requirement at Key Stage 4 for pupils to study the Christian Church from both a Protestant and a Roman Catholic perspective.


Northern Ireland Curriculum at Key Stage 1 & 2

Part of the World Around Us Area of Learning, the Science and Technology section lists the progression framework for Key Stages 1 & 2.

Northern Ireland Curriculum at Key Stage 3

The Northern Ireland Curriculum for Science at Key stage 3.


The African American Environmentalist Association, founded in 1985, is a national, non-profit environmental organization dedicated to protecting the environment, enhancing human, animal and plant ecologies, promoting the efficient use of natural resources and increasing African American participation in the environmental movement. It includes articles, some with links to further information, on many different aspects of environment science including global warming, nuclear power, electricity and stem cell research.

Armagh Planetarium

The Planetarium is dedicated to astronomy education for all levels. There are free resources for tasks in the classroom and other supplementary bite-sized pdf guides.

Biochemical Society

Provides a number of teaching resources for teaching boichemistry.
Encyclopedia of Life

The Encyclopedia of Life (EOL) is an ambitious project to organize and make available via the Internet virtually all information about life present on Earth. At its heart lies a series of Web sites—one for each of the approximately 1.8 million known species. The entry-point for each site is a species page suitable for the general public, but with several linked pages aimed at more specialized users.

It's up to you

A BBC website designed for P4 & P5 classes using interactivity and animation to give children a better understanding of the importance of food and exercise. The site complements the NI curriculum for Science at Key Stage 1 & lower Key Stage 2.

JSTOR Plant Science

JSTOR Plant Science offers access to botanical and other resources from around the world including: the world’s largest database of plant type specimens; over 175,000 scientific research articles and other content dating back hundreds of years from leading academic journals; reference works and books and more than 20,000 paintings, photographs, drawings, and other images.


The NASA website has pages for teachers and students of all ages, including a Kids Club with games.

Nature Detectives

This website is run by the Woodland Trust. It offers games, activities, free resources to download and free packs on a range of topics.


This website offers activities for 5-11 year olds, using topical events to create engaging science lessons.


Scibermonkey was created by the education section of the Biochemical Society. It aims to support the teaching and learning of science for 5-14 year olds. The web portal contains the best websites, mapped against key themes and topics found in almost all science curricula. Each entry has been quality assured by science teachers.


The website for the award winning science and discovery centre in Belfast. There is an Education section and Teachers' resources on a range of topics.


The Institution of Engineering and Technology

The IET education page offering Schools/Colleges science, engineering, and technology curriculum support.

Northern Ireland Curriculum key stage 3

The Northern Ireland Curriculum for Science and Technology at Key stage 3, including resources for, and information on STEM.

Switched on Kids

Resources from the Electrical Safety Council for teaching about electricity and how to use it.

Technology-Based Research

This website from QR Codes provides resources to a wide variety of research tools for students writing an essay, giving a presentation, completing a project or researching and writing a dissertation.