Research Papers 2016

Synopsis: Below you will find details of Research Publications which have been prepared by the Research and Information Service (RaISe) for the Education Committee in 2016.

Budget 2016: Background Briefing for the Committee for Education

- Date: 06/10/2016

This Briefing Paper provides background information on the Executive’s budget position, in support of the Committee for Education’s scrutiny of the Department of Education’s budget for 2017-18 to 2020-21. In particular, it provides contextual information about the level of resources allocated to Education over the last five years and raises some issues for consideration for the future budget.

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Youth provision: a brief overview

- Date: 13/09/2016

This briefing note provides a short overview of youth provision in Northern Ireland. It is prepared to aid Committee for Education consideration of potential areas for inquiry, and is not intended to be comprehensive.

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Underachievement: a brief overview

- Date: 13/09/2016

This briefing note considers underachievement in education in Northern Ireland. It provides a short overview of key issues in order to support the Committee for Education’s consideration of potential areas for inquiry, and is not intended to be comprehensive

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Special educational needs: a brief overview

- Date: 13/09/2016

This briefing note aims to provide a short overview of some of the key issues in relation to special educational needs (SEN) in Northern Ireland. It is prepared to support the Committee’s consideration of potential areas for inquiry, and is not intended to be comprehensive.

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GCSEs and A levels: a brief overview

- Date: 12/09/2016

This briefing note provides a short overview of some of the key issues around GCSE and A level reform. It aims to support the Committee for Education’s consideration of potential areas for inquiry, and is not intended to be comprehensive.

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Early years and children’s services: a brief overview

- Date: 12/09/2016

This paper considers early years education and care and children’s services, and aims to support Committee for Education consideration of potential areas for inquiry. It is not intended to be comprehensive.

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Academic selection: a brief overview

- Date: 12/09/2016

This Briefing Note considers academic selection in Northern Ireland. It is prepared to support Committee for Education consideration of inquiry topics, and is not intended to be comprehensive.

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Programme for Government: Education

- Date: 08/09/2016

This research paper considers the Department of Education’s role in the current and previous Programmes for Government (PfG). It discusses the extent to which the Department met its commitments for the 2011-15 PfG, and considers the indicators and measures in the draft PfG for 2016-21.

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Education system in Northern Ireland

- Date: 08/09/2016

Northern Ireland has a complex educational structure with a range of bodies involved in its management and administration. This briefing paper provides an overview of the education system from pre-school to post-primary education, including its structure, governance arrangements, school phases, management types and sectoral bodies.

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