Research Papers 2011

Synopsis Here you will find a list of Committee for Education research papers published during 2011.

  • Programme for Government commitments: Department of Education

    Reference: 169/11 - Date: 01/12/2011

    A Draft Programme for Government (PfG) was introduced to the Assembly on November 17th 2011, setting out the Executive’s plans and priorities for the period 2011-15. The Executive also published a Draft Investment Strategy for Northern Ireland. This briefing note provides an overview of the main commitments and priorities set out within these documents in relation to education and the investment allocations in this regard.

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  • Sharing and collaborating in education

    Reference: 165/11 - Date: 23/11/2011

    This paper considers a number of issues around sharing and collaborating in education. It finds that while attitudes to shared education are largely positive, there are a number of challenges that can discourage schools from collaborating in practice.

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  • Revised approach to the Equality Scheme

    Reference: 119/11 - Date: 12/10/2011

    Discusses the requirement for all public authorities, including the Department of Education, to have due regard to the need to promote equality of opportunity and regard to the desirability of promoting good relations across a range of categories outlined in Section 75 of the N.I. Act 1998.

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  • Procurement in education in other jurisdictions

    Reference: 118/11 - Date: 28/09/2011

    This paper considers arrangements for procurement in education across England, Scotland and Wales and Ireland. Procurement has been identified as a key area of focus for efficiency savings in each of the jurisdictions. Recent and planned reforms to procurement tend to focus on centralisation as a means of achieving better value for money.

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  • Common Funding Scheme

    Reference: 98/11 - Date: 21/09/2011

    This paper provides an overview of the Department of Education's Common Funding Scheme, changes made to the 2011/12 Scheme and a number of potential challenges relating to it. It also briefly considers approaches to funding schools in other jurisdictions.

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  • Arguments on the school starting age

    Reference: 97/11 - Date: 21/09/2011

    Northern Ireland has the lowest compulsory school age in Europe, and there are some concerns regarding the comparatively low school starting age here (and throughout the UK). This briefing paper provides an overview of the different arguments or positions on the school starting age. The paper highlights that there are differing views and evidence on this issue.

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  • School Transport for Pupils with Special Educational Needs

    Reference: 92/11 - Date: 12/09/2011

    This briefing note outlines the current arrangements for the provision for home to school transport for pupils with special educational needs.

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  • Administration of medication to pupils

    Reference: 87/11 - Date: 08/09/2011

    This briefing note discusses the currentarrangements for the administration of medication to pupils.

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  • School governors

    Reference: 86/11 - Date: 08/09/2011

    This paper provides an overview of a number of issues relating to school governance, including the extent to which Boards of Governors carry out a challenge function, a perceived tension between achieving both representation and an appropriate mix of skills across a governing body, training and development for governors and alternative models of school governance.

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  • School councils

    Reference: 84/11 - Date: 08/09/2011

    This paper considers the potential benefits of school councils, issues and challenges around their effective implementation, and the factors and attributes of successful councils. It finds that while the effectiveness of school councils varies, they have the potential to deliver positive outcomes for students and schools. Their effectiveness depends on a number of factors, for example, the extent to which they are situated within wider democratic structures and practices.

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  • EU issues in education

    Reference: 64/11 - Date: 22/06/2011

    This briefing paper summarises recent developments in Europe relating to the work of the Education Committee. This includes: • Youth on the Move; • Early years education and care; • Tackling early school leaving; and • Benchmarks on education and training for employability

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  • Procurement in education

    Reference: 63/11 - Date: 22/06/2011

    This Research Paper considers current arrangements for procurement in education in Northern Ireland and highlights a number of issues that have been identified in this regard. It highlights concerns around the fragmentation of procurement in education, the levels of procurement expertise in the sector and the levels of strategic leadership for procurement.

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  • Value added measures

    Reference: 39/11 - Date: 07/03/2011

    This briefing paper considers some of the tools used by schools for assessing the value they add to pupil outcomes. It finds that a range of tools are available that have the potential to support school improvement. However, the paper notes that it is not likely that the various tools in use can be related to InCAS in a manner that provides a system of continuous assessment for pupils due to differences in their design and use; and that value added findings for smaller schools should be treated with a degree of caution.

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  • Education budgets in other jurisdictions

    Reference: 28/11 - Date: 02/02/2011

    This research paper considers the recent education budgets for England, Scotland, Wales and the Republic of Ireland. It finds that budgetary reductions will be made to education across a range of areas across the jurisdictions, with capital spending, central administration and public sector pay commonly targeted areas for savings.

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  • Part B: School engagement with parents and the wider community

    Reference: 03/11 - Date: 10/01/2011

    As part of the series on Successful Post-Primary Schools Serving Disadvantaged Communities, this briefing paper explores how successful schools serving disadvantaged communities have engaged with parents and the wider community and considers the outcomes of this engagement. It finds that some positive outcomes from engagement have been identified; however it suggests that outcomes are likely to be small-scale in nature.

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  • Part A: Qualities for effective school leadership

    Reference: 02/11 - Date: 10/01/2011

    As part of the series on Successful Post-Primary Schools Serving Disadvantaged Communities, this briefing paper considers the key qualities and attributes of effective school principals, with a particular focus on those in schools serving disadvantaged areas. It finds that successful school leaders share a number of key personal qualities, including people-centred core values, emotional intelligence, resilience and conviction.

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  • Successful Post-Primary Schools Serving Disadvantaged Communities: Overall summary

    Reference: 01/11 - Date: 10/01/2011

    This paper summarises the four briefings in this series on Successful Post-Primary Schools Serving Disadvantaged Communities;Qualities for effective school leadership; School engagement with parents and the wider community; Addressing underachievement in disadvantaged communities; and Department of Education school improvement policy.

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