Research Papers 2015

Synopsis: Below you will find a list of Committee for Education research papers published during 2015.

Addressing Bullying in Schools Bill – Assessing the Costs

- Date: 18/12/2015

On 30 November 2015 the Addressing Bullying in Schools Bill (the Bill) was introduced in the Assembly. This Review of Bill Costs provides a framework to facilitate Assembly financial scrutiny of the Bill. It should be read in conjunction with RaISe Bill Paper NIAR 612-15 (3 December 2015), wherein policy issues are addressed


Addressing Bullying in Schools Bill

- Date: 11/12/2015

This Bill Paper is prepared to support the Committee for Education in its scrutiny of the Addressing Bullying in Schools Bill. It provides background information on the prevalence of bullying and current practice in schools in Northern Ireland, and considers a number of issues arising from the Bill’s individual clauses. A further Research and Information Service (RaISe) paper (NIAR 632-15; dated 3rd December 2015) provides a Review of Bill Costs to supplement this Paper.


Young people’s views on school inspection

- Date: 02/10/2015

This briefing paper explores the views of students on school inspection obtained through a series of 12 focus groups held with schools. A number of the schools had recently experienced an inspection.


Special educational needs in Finland

- Date: 18/09/2015

Since 2000 Finland has performed strongly in the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA), and has been cited as one of the most efficient countries in terms of student outcomes in relation to money invested in education. This paper provides a brief overview of the educational system in Finland and its approach to special educational needs (SEN).


SEN funding and transitions in other jurisdictions, duties of HSC Trusts and SEN in Irish-medium education

- Date: 11/09/2015

This paper considers a number of issues in relation to special educational needs (SEN): funding, transitions, training for governors, the involvement of Health and Social Care (HSC) Trusts and Irish-medium education.


Young people’s views on sharing and integration in education

- Date: 08/09/2015

This research paper presents the findings of a series of focus groups and two surveys conducted with children and young people, exploring their views on shared and integrated education


School uniform

- Date: 07/09/2015

Research shows that many parents in Northern Ireland struggle to meet back to school costs each year. This briefing paper considers school uniform policies and financial assistance available for uniforms in Northern Ireland, England, the Republic of Ireland, Scotland and Wales.


SEN mediation, appeals and the transfer of rights to children with SEN

- Date: 21/05/2015

This Research Paper considers appeals and mediation in relation to special educational needs (SEN), and explores the transfer of rights from parents to children, including issues around mental capacity


SEN Legislation and Policy in Northern Ireland

- Date: 21/05/2015

This paper provides an overview of special educational needs (SEN) legislation and policy in Northern Ireland, including regulations and Codes of Practice. It details timescales in relation to SEN assessment and summarises arrangements for those with SEN over the age of 16. It also compares the SEND Bill with proposals published by the Department in 2012.


The Provision of Services for Children with Autism

- Date: 18/03/2015

This paper provides the legislative background to the provision of autism services in Northern Ireland. It outlines the current range of services provided by the Department of Education and highlights issues in the provision of educational services relating to autism. Finally, the paper lists organisations involved in autism education in Northern Ireland.