Committee for Education

Welcome to the Home Page of the Committee for Education. The Committee was established to advise and assist the Minister for Education, John O’Dowd MLA, on matters within his responsibility as a Minister. The Committee undertakes a scrutiny, policy development and consultation role with respect to the Department of Education and plays a key role in the consideration and development of legislation. The Committee Chairperson is Mr Mervyn Storey.

Here you will find information about the Committee membership and the work of the Committee.

Latest News

The Committee for Education will next meet at 10.00am on Wednesday 30 April in the Senate Chamber, Parliament Buildings.

The Committee will be briefed by the Department of Education and representatives from the Education and Library Boards on the provision of services for school children with visual impairments.

The Committee will also receive a briefing from Mr Michael Gilsenan on the School Vision project.

In closed session, the Committee will consider a draft report on its inquiry into the Education and Training Inspectorate and the School Improvement Process.

Forthcoming business will be published in the Business Diary.

Contact the Committee

Committee Clerk: Peter McCallion

Room 375a,Parliament Buildings,
Ballymiscaw,Stormont,
Belfast,BT4 3XX

Tel: (028) 9052 1821
Email: committee.education@niassembly.gov.uk

Committee Engages with Local Primary Schools on Area Planning

Over 40 representatives from primary schools across Northern Ireland attended an event for area planning, hosted by the Committee for Education in the Long Gallery, Parliament Buildings.
You can read the rest of the article here or listen to the interview below.

Committee Chairperson, Mr Mervyn Storey MLA, explains what area planning means and how will it affect our schools:

Committee Stage Of The Education Bill

The Education Bill was introduced into the Assembly on 2 October 2012. The Bill completed its Second Stage on 15 October 2012. The Committee Stage of the Bill concluded on 8 April 2013. 

Review of the Common Funding Scheme

The Education and Libraries (NI) Order 2003 requires the Department to draw up a Common Funding Scheme (CFS) for most grant-aided schools. The CFS is used to allocate over £1billion to schools every year. The CFS uses 16 factors to determine the allocation to individual schools. The Minister commissioned an independent panel to undertake a review of the CFS. The report on the review can be found here.

The Department’s consultation on proposed changes to the CFS closed in October 2013.  The Committee for Education sought evidence from stakeholders and responded to the Minister setting out its views. The feedback from stakeholders can be found here. “The Committee’s response to the Minister can be found here.

Education Training Inspectorate

Watch the Chairperson of the Committee for Education, Mervyn Storey MLA, as he talks about the Committee’s Inquiry into the Education Training Inspectorate and the School Improvement Process. 

Listening Bus

The Committee for Education visited the National Deaf Children’s Society’s ‘Listening Bus’ at Parliament Buildings on Wednesday 9 October 2013. On the ‘Listening Bus’ Members were given a demonstration on the latest equipment designed to help deaf children with communication and learning

The Committee for Education visited the National Deaf Children’s Society’s ‘Listening Bus’ at Parliament Buildings on Wednesday 9 October 2013. On the ‘Listening Bus’ Members were given a demonstration on the latest equipment designed to help deaf children with communication and learning

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