Forward Work Programme

Date of meeting



26 October 2016

Parliament Buildings

Open session

Area Planning evidence session – DE officials plus Area Planning Steering group i.e. CCMS, EA etc. as appropriate

 DE oral evidence session on 2017-18 Resource Budget / 2017-21 Capital Budget – closed session - tbc

Consideration of Terms of Reference of inquiry into Underachievement

Woodlands Juvenile Justice Centre – EA EOTAS Centre – 3pm

Halloween Recess

9 November 2016

Parliament Buildings

Open session

Home to School Transport policy evidence session – DE and EA officials to attend

 DE oral evidence session on 2016-21 Draft DE Action Plans tbc

Stakeholder event – Special Educational Needs – Health/Education Co-operation and statements


16 November 2016

Ashfield Boys High School, Belfast

Open session

NIABF evidence session - anti-bullying week; anti-bullying policy

Members of the Youth Parliament evidence session – mental health support in schools

Informal briefing from ETI Chief Inspector – 1:00pm Tuesday 15 November 2016 

 stakeholder event –PfG 

23 November 2016

Parliament Buildings

Open session

Evidence session - ETI Chief Inspector’s Report – ETI officials to attend

 Evidence session - ETI/QUB Review of nurture provision – ETI officials and QUB representatives to attend


30 November 2016

Down High School, Downpatrick

Open session

DE evidence session

 -  Children and Young Persons (CYP) Strategy

 - Role of Children and Young People’s Services directorate


7 December 2016

Parliament Buildings

Open session

DE evidence session - January Monitoring Round tbc

 Members to attend the Young Enterprise Trade Fair – St. George's Market on 7/12/16

 Stakeholder event – CYP Strategy

Christmas Recess

11 January 2017

Parliament Buildings

Open session

BT Young Scientist Exhibition in Dublin – Thursday 12 January 2017 tbc

18 January 2017

Parliament Buildings

Open session


Further DE oral evidence session on Special Educational Needs and Disability Act regulations


Items to be Scheduled

Departmental Evidence Sessions

DE/Education Authority/Health Social Care Board/Public Health Agency joint briefing on co-operation in respect of Special Educational Needs

Revised Special Educational Needs Code of Practice – changes to SEN statementing – January 2017

Relationship and Sexuality Education

ETI review of the delivery of the Revised Curriculum

Childcare Strategy and childcare policy

Targeting Social Need funding review

Levels of Progression – tracking numeracy and literacy progress in primary and post-primary


Non-Departmental Briefings

Independent strategic review of Integrated Education

Report of the DE expert group on the future of GSEs and A-levels

Volunteer Now brief - Role of volunteers in youth provision


Assembly Research Briefing

Role and importance of vocational courses – comparison with other jurisdictions – academic versus vocational qualifications

Primary curriculum – inclusion of computer coding; modern languages etc. in order to support needs of the economy

The cost of education – comparison between administration costs and expenditure in schools; cost of empty places

Physical education in schools

SEN nursery places

Parental choice – options and costs

Attainment in composite classes

Educational practice in Finland and Germany



Strule Shared Education campus

Stranmillis University College – Coding Promotional Week

Fermanagh – Derrygonnelly Field Studies Council centre and shared education projects



Stakeholder event(s)
- Special Schools principals and parents in respect of pre-school special school review


Informal Meetings

Field Studies Council – outdoor learning

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