Research Papers 2017

Synopsis: Below you will find details of Research Publications which have been prepared by the Research and Information Service (RaISe) for the Education Committee in 2017.

Composite Classes

- Date: 19/01/2017

In October 2016 the Minister for Education suggested that it is more difficult for teachers to deliver high quality education in composite classes and stated that, by the end of the planning period, he expected actions to address ‘the issue of primary pupils being taught in a composite class of more than two year groups’. This briefing paper discusses composite classes in Northern Ireland and in other jurisdictions.



- Date: 13/01/2017

The Trends in International Maths and Science Study (TIMSS) and the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) are international research projects conducted every four and three years respectively. The studies aim to allow an international comparison of student performance and analysis of trends over time. This briefing note considers a number of findings from the two studies undertaken in 2015.


Children and Young People’s Strategic Indicators

- Date: 13/01/2017

In 2006 the former Office of the First and deputy First Minister published Our Children and Young People – Our Pledge: A ten-year strategy for children and young people in Northern Ireland 2006-2016. The strategy aimed to ensure that, by 2016 ‘all our children and young people are fulfilling their potential’. It set out five high level outcomes, each of which included a number of indicators. This briefing paper considers a number of the educational indicators within the ‘enjoying, learning and achieving’ outcome, based on this data. It also employs other data from the Department of Education, including school performance data.


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