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.

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The Committee for Education will hold its next meeting on Wednesday 7 October 2015 at 10.00am in the Board Room, Stranmillis University College, Belfast.

The Committee will receive an oral briefing from the Department of Education on its current Programme for Government and 2014-15 Savings Delivery Plan progress as well as its 2014-15 outturn and 2015-16 Business Plan.

Forthcoming business will be published in the Business Diary.

Contact the Committee

Committee Clerk: Peter McCallion

Room 376,Parliament Buildings,
Belfast,BT4 3XX

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. 

Over 40 school children from Ulidia Integrated College, Carrickfergus took part in a range of activities designed to help them to learn more about the world of business and entrepreneurship.

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?

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