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.
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.
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.