Committee for Education
Welcome to the Home Page of the Committee for Education. The Committee was established to advise and assist the Minister for Education, John O’Dowd MLA, on matters within his responsibility as a Minister. The Committee undertakes a scrutiny, policy development and consultation role with respect to the Department of Education and plays a key role in the consideration and development of legislation. The Committee Chairperson is Mr Peter Weir MLA.
Here you will find information about the Committee membership and the work of the Committee.
The Committee for Education will hold its next meeting on Wednesday 1 July 2015 at 9:30am in the Senate Chamber, Parliament Buildings.
As part of the ongoing Committee Stage of the Special Educational Needs and Disability Bill, the Committee will hear evidence from the Department of Education.
The Committee will also receive a briefing from the Education Authority on the consultation on its policy in respect of Elective Home Education.
The Committee will also consider in closed session the final version of the report on its inquiry into Shared and Integrated Education.
Click here to find out more about the Committee's consideration of the Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) Bill as it received evidence from Equality Commission for NI/ NI Human Rights Commission; Independent Parents of Children with Aquired Brain Injury and Blind Children UK on 24 June 2015.
Forthcoming business will be published in the Business Diary.
Contact the Committee
Committee Clerk: Peter McCallion
Room 376,Parliament Buildings,
Tel: (028) 9052 1821
BT Young Scientist and Technology Awards 2015
Members of the Committee for Education meet with students from Northern Ireland, who took part in the BT Young Scientist and Technology Awards 2015. To take a look at the Northern Ireland Winners, please click on the link.
L-R: Sandra Overend MLA, Trevor Lunn MLA, Jonathan Craig MLA , and Committee Chairperson Michelle McIlveen MLA
Education Committee meet with pupils from Christ the Redeemer Primary School
Members of the Assembly Education Committee meet with pupils from Christ the Redeemer Primary School, Dunmurry, Belfast. L-R: Sandra Overend MLA, Trevor Lunn MLA, Nelson McCausland MLA, Committee Chairperson Michelle McIlveen MLA (centre), Deputy Chairperson Danny Kinahan MLA, Jonathan Craig MLA and Chris Hazzard MLA.
Committee Calls For New Start For School Inspection
The Northern Ireland Assembly’s Education Committee recently published its report on the Education and Training Inspectorate (ETI) and the school improvement process.
The Committee inquiry was launched in response to proposals to increase the powers of the ETI and following concerns that some schools serving deprived areas or in particular sectors were not improving.
We met with Committee Chairperson Mervyn Storey MLA to find out more about the report, its findings and what the Committee is recommending should happen next.
Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) Bill - Committee Stage
The Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) Bill was introduced into the Assembly on 2 March 2015. The Bill successfully completed its Second Stage on 10 March 2015. The Bill has been referred to the Committee for Education for its Committee Stage.
Click here for further information and to learn how you can submit evidence.
Committee debates its position paper on Area Planning
As part of its statutory scrutiny role, the Committee for Education has been reviewing the Area Planning process. The Committee heard from schools, parents and stakeholder organisations on the progress of the Area Planning process to-date. The Committee debated its position paper on Monday 1 June 2015 and its report can be viewed here.
Education Committee Applauds Young 'MoneySense' Experts
The Long Gallery, Parliament Buildings was the venue this week for a special ‘MoneySense’ Enterprise session. Hosted by the Assembly’s Education Committee, the event was part of the Ulster Bank’s MoneySense for School’s programme which supports the delivery of financial education to post primary school students across Northern Ireland.
Click here to find out more and see pictures from the event.
Education Committee Hosts 'World In Your Classroom' Event
The Assembly’s Education Committee in partnership with the British Council NI recently hosted a special event to showcase the range of international programmes and funding available to local primary and post-primary schools in Northern Ireland.
Pupils and teachers from 20 local schools as well as Members from the Education Committee attended the “World in your Classroom” event where they will all got an opportunity to try a range of fun activities such as Chinese calligraphy and interactive language learning classes.
Holy Family Primary School, Belfast, which is linked to St Paul Kitovu Mixed School, Masaka, Uganda through the Connecting Classrooms programme opened the event with a performance of a Ugandan song.
Why not watch our video to find out more?