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 24 September 2014 in the Senate Chamber, Parliament Buildings.

The Committee will consider a briefing from the Department of Education on the effectiveness of nurture provision.

The Committee will also consider briefings from Assembly Research on science teaching time in schools and Continuous Professional Development for science teachers.

The Committee will also consider its response to the relevant aspects of the NIAO report on employee absence in the public sector.

 

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 Calls For New Start For School Inspection

The Northern Ireland Assembly’s Education Committee recently published its report on the Education and Training Inspectorate (ETI) and the school improvement process.

The Committee inquiry was launched in response to proposals to increase the powers of the ETI and following concerns that some schools serving deprived areas or in particular sectors were not improving.

We met with Committee Chairperson Mervyn Storey MLA to find out more about the report, its findings and what the Committee is recommending should happen next.

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 Committee Hosts 'World In Your Classroom' Event

The Assembly’s Education Committee in partnership with the British Council NI recently hosted a special event to showcase the range of international programmes and funding available to local primary and post-primary schools in Northern Ireland. 

Pupils and teachers from 20 local schools as well as Members from the Education Committee attended the “World in your Classroom” event where they will all got an opportunity to try a range of fun activities such as Chinese calligraphy and interactive language learning classes.  

Holy Family Primary School, Belfast, which is linked to St Paul Kitovu Mixed School, Masaka, Uganda through the Connecting Classrooms programme opened the event with a performance of a Ugandan song.  

Why not watch our video to find out more?

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:

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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