Research Papers 2011

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

Procurement in education

- Date: 22/06/2011 - Author: Caroline Perry

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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EU issues in education

- Date: 22/06/2011 - Author: Caroline Perry

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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Value added measures

- Date: 07/03/2011 - Author: Caroline Perry

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

- Date: 02/02/2011 - Author: Caroline Perry

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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Successful Post-Primary Schools Serving Disadvantaged Communities: Overall summary

- Date: 10/01/2011 - Author: Caroline Perry

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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Part A: Qualities for effective school leadership

- Date: 10/01/2011 - Author: Caroline Perry

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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Part B: School engagement with parents and the wider community

- Date: 10/01/2011 - Author: Caroline Perry

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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