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 Miss Michelle McIlveen.

Here you will find information about the Committee membership and the work of the Committee.

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The Committee for Education will hold its next meeting on Tuesday 3 March 2015 at 3:30pm in Room 29, Parliament Buildings when as part of its ongoing inquiry into Shared and Integrated Education, the Committee will consider a briefing from the Ulster Teachers’ Union and the National Association of Schoolmasters and Union of Women Teachers.

The Committee will also meet on Wednesday 4 March 2015 at 9:30am in the Senate Chamber, Parliament Buildings. The Committee will receive a Ministerial briefing on the Department of Education’s 2015-16 Budget. As part of its inquiry into Shared and Integrated Education, the Committee will also consider briefings from the Early Years Organisation and the Northern Ireland Youth Council.

Forthcoming business will be published in the Business Diary.

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Committee Clerk: Peter McCallion

Room 376,Parliament Buildings,
Belfast,BT4 3XX

Tel: (028) 9052 1821

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.

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?

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.

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