Forward Work Programme

Below you can find out what's on the Committee's agenda in the coming months.
Items to be scheduled are listed below.



 9 April 2014

Parliament Buildings

Open / Closed Session

Ministerial Briefings - Education Bill and Education and Libray Boards (ELBs)

Common Funding Scheme

Consider STEM summary paper.


 12 - 27 April 2014

 Easter Recess

 30 April 2014

Parliament Buildings

Open/ Closed Session

Education and Library Boards (ELBs) / DE Briefing - Access to Health Services for visually impaired school children

Non- Departmental Briefing - Mr Michael Gilsenan - School Vision

Consideration of draft Education and Training Inspectorate (ETI) Inquiry Report (Closed Session)

 7 May 2014

Parliament Buildings

Open/Closed Session

Public Health Agency (PHA), Health and Social Care Board (HSCB) and Department of Education Briefing - Review of Allied Health Professionals support for Special Educational Needs (SEN) children and review of multi-disciplinary teams

DE Briefing - Support for children with learning difficulties

Consider Terms of Reference for the Committee's Inquiry into Shared/Integrated Education (Closed session)

6 May 2014 - Informal meeting with Drumragh Integrated College tbc

 14 May 2014

Parliament Buildings

Open Session

DE brief on NIAO report on employee absence in DE / schools

University of Ulster (UU) Briefing - Taking Boys Seriously - Dr Ken Harland

 21 May 2014



 28 May 2014

Greenmount Agricultural College

British Council - EU Funding tbc

27/05/14  lunchtime - British Council - EU Educational Funding Streams

28/05/14 Visit to Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB)  and

Visit to Every School a Good School (ESaGS) Educational Television in North Eastern Education and Library Board (NEELB) Antrim

 4 June 2014

Parliament Buildings

Open / Closed Session

DE oral briefing – capital projects; School Enhancement

DE oral briefing - TBUC shared education campuses etc. tbc

DE briefing – Development Proposal guidance  tbc

   11 June 2014

Parliament Buildings

Open Session

National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC )brief on safeguarding in the Revised Curriculum

DE briefing – Computer Based Assessment next steps tbc

DE briefing – nurture units

 18 June 2014

Femanagh Trust

Open Session

DE briefing – EU Funding – update tbc

International Fund for Ireland Sharing in Education Programme

 25 June 2014

Parliament Buildings

Open Session

DE oral briefing OECD report on evaluation and assessment tbc

Special Adviser – alternative measures of under-attainment  / social deprivation – interim findings tbc




Please note: The following are to be scheduled

Joint Meeting with Employment and Learning Committee:

- Review of Teacher Education


DE briefing - School Workforce Review

Visit to Rathgael House – working lunch with DE senior staff  

DE briefing  – 2015-16 budget process

Momentum Digital Strategy

Informal meeting with Armagh Shared Education group

Pushkin Trust - informal briefing

Ulster Bank - informal briefing

Area Planning – Special Adviser briefing

Area Planning event – September 2014

 STEM Sentinus event – October 2014

Inquiry into Shared / Integrated Education (autumn 2014)


-       Shared Education in Ballycastle briefing from schools

-       NICCY briefing on children’s views on  Shared Education

-       Profs Knox and Borooah – Shared Education

Professors Knox and  Borooah  UU briefing – Attainment


Children’s Law Centre – briefing on SEN legislation issues

SEN Bill – introduction  timescale not confirmed

Education: Early Years Bill – introduction expected in May 2014

GTC Bill – introduction expected in May 2014

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