Research Papers 2015

Synopsis: Below you will find a list of Committee for Education research papers published during 2015.

Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) Bill

- Date: 05/03/2015

The SEND Bill aims to give effect to legislative changes in support of the policy for a revised SEN and inclusion framework. It aims to ensure the early identification, assessment and provision for SEN children with the child at the centre of the process. This Bill Paper outlines the background and consultation process; considers the individual clauses and highlights a range of areas that could be given further consideration.

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Coding in schools

- Date: 03/03/2015

Coding, or computer programming, is the process of developing sets of instructions allowing computers to carry out specific tasks. This briefing paper provides an overview of the formal and informal teaching of coding in schools in Northern Ireland, and considers qualifications and teacher training in this regard. It also explores practice in other jurisdictions.

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Education Other than at School and youth work

- Date: 11/02/2015

This briefing paper considers Education Other than at School (EOTAS) – education for children who cannot otherwise access appropriate provision, and youth work in Northern Ireland, particularly in regard to curriculum and inspection.

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Financing education

- Date: 23/01/2015

In a climate of continuing financial restraint, meeting increasing demands for education from the public purse is becoming more difficult for governments internationally. In addition, balancing public and private financing is seen as a key policy issue for many.1 This briefing paper details sources of income for compulsory school-age education in Northern Ireland and considers EU funding streams. It also outlines the proportions of private and public education spending internationally and considers a number of examples of income generation within the education sector.

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Attainment targets and the influence of socio-economic background on outcomes

- Date: 23/01/2015

The Programme for Government 2011-15 includes a number of educational targets relating to attainment at GCSE and A level. This paper highlights the post-primary attainment targets in place here and in England, the Republic of Ireland, Scotland and Wales. It also explores briefly the relationship between socio-economic background and educational performance in a number of countries internationally.

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Looked after children – educational policy and practice

- Date: 23/01/2015

This paper outlines the educational policy around looked after children in Northern Ireland, England, the Republic of Ireland, Scotland and Wales.

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