Research Papers 2012

Synopsis: Here you will find a list of Committee for Education research papers published during 2012.

Education Bill: school inspection

- Date: 13/12/2012 - Author: Research and Information Service

This paper considers the proposed powers and provides a comparison with other jurisdictions. It also looks specifically at the approach to school inspection in Scotland.


Seat belts on home-to-school transport

- Date: 12/12/2012 - Author: Research and Information Service

This paper provides an overview of the legislation and policy as it relates to seat belts on home-to-school transport.



- Date: 14/11/2012 - Author: Caroline Perry

This research paper provides an overview of the levels of underachievement in Northern Ireland, considers factors that contribute to underachievement and discusses approaches to addressing it.


Surplus school places

- Date: 08/11/2012 - Author: Caroline Perry and Raymond Russell

This briefing paper details the basis on which surplus school places are calculated, highlighting differences between the approach used by the Department of Education (the Department) and the approach used by the Education and Library Boards (ELBs). It also briefly considers approaches to assessing school capacity in other jurisdictions. In addition, it provides an overview of surplus places in primary and post-primary schools and a breakdown of vacant places by management type, Education and Library Board and on an urban/rural basis.


School inspection

- Date: 24/10/2012 - Author: Caroline Perry

This paper provides an overview of approaches to inspection here; in England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland and internationally


Providing information on pupil and school performance

- Date: 17/10/2012 - Author: Caroline Perry

This paper provides an overview of the changes to Regulations on school information provision, considers some possible implications and discusses approaches elsewhere.


Shared education and Lisanelly

- Date: 11/10/2012

This briefing paper provides a summary of some of the key benefits and challenges of shared education; gives examples of practice elsewhere; and provides information on the proposed Lisanelly shared campus. More detailed information on shared education can be found in Research Paper 165/11: Sharing and collaborating in education


Education Bill

- Date: 11/10/2012

The Education Bill aims to provide for the establishment of the Education and Skills Authority (ESA) and introduces a range of other provisions related to the management and governance of schools. This Bill Paper discusses the Bill and highlights a number of areas that could be given further consideration


Overview of English Baccalaureate Certificates

- Date: 20/09/2012

On 17th September 2012 Michael Gove, the Education Secretary in England, set out proposals to move from the current system of GCSEs at the end of Key Stage 4 to a system of English Baccalaureate Certificates. This paper provides a brief overview.


Administration of medication in schools in other jurisdictions

- Date: 05/07/2012

This Briefing Note considers policies and arrangements for the administration of medications to pupils in schools in England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland.