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  • Board of Governors Reconstitution

    For the attention of School Leaders and Board of Governors at Controlled and Maintained Schools More
    Closed 24 June 2021
  • Pre-School Education - Review of the Statutory Criteria for Pre-School Education Admissions and Pre-School Session Times

    This consultation invites views on the current legislative requirement that all pre-school education settings must prioritise children from "socially disadvantaged circumstances" in their admission criteria. It also invites views on the implications of standardising pre-school education session times to help inform policy development and a substantive consultation on this issue in due course. More
    Closed 16 July 2021
  • Independent Review of Education - Initial request for views

    Thank you for your interest in the Independent Review of Education. We have been appointed to review most aspects of education in Northern Ireland. This work was identified as a key priority within the New Decade, New Approach agreement. Our review is considering a wide range of issues. We are interested to hear the views of everyone with an interest in education, including the experiences of young people from their early years through until they... More
    Closed 4 February 2022
  • Northern Ireland School Meals Uptake Statistics – User Survey

    The Department of Education publish annual Official Statistics on the uptake of school meals in Northern Ireland ( School Meals Statistical Bulletins - DE Website ). This purpose of this survey is to help identify the users of these statistics, better understand who they are, assess whether the statistics meet their needs, and identify possible areas for improvement. As a user of these statistics we would really appreciate your feedback. This survey should take no longer... More
    Closed 18 March 2022
  • School Governor Survey

    For the attention of School Leaders, School Governors and other education organisations. More
    Closed 20 May 2022
  • Consultation on the Functions Delivered by the General Teaching Council for Northern Ireland

    The Minister of Education announced, to the Northern Ireland Assembly on 13 December 2021, her decision to seek the dissolution of the General Teaching Council for Northern Ireland (GTCNI), the organisation currently established by statute to be the professional body for teachers. In her announcement, the Minister also stated that the Department would consult on the functions currently assigned to the GTCNI and how these can be This consultation will open on Monday 13 June and... More
    Closed 30 September 2022
  • Safe Resumption Survey – Student Survey

    The Department for the Economy (DfE) is carrying out a survey of its response to the Covid-19 pandemic in relation to the Further Education Sector. We are particularly interested in the views of students who attended a Further Education College or a Training Provider between March 2020 and June 2022. We would be grateful if you would take the time to complete the survey to assist in this process. This survey should take no more than 5 minutes to complete. Thank You. More
    Closed 17 October 2022
  • Department of Education Consultation on Period Products (Free Provision) Regulations

    The Department of Education (DE) is consulting with its 'Public Service Bodies' and also welcomes views from its wider stakeholder base. The Consultation relates to proposals for Regulations (secondary legislation) that DE has to have in place by 11 May 2023, under the Period Products (Free Provision) Act (Northern Ireland) 2022. DE is not consulting on whether or not free period products should be widely available to the public - that is already provided for under the Act. The... More
    Closed 17 October 2022
  • Safe Resumption Survey

    The Department for the Economy (DfE) is carrying out a survey of its response to the Covid-19 pandemic in relation to the Further Education Sector. We are contacting you in the hope that you will provide some valuable insight into this area. We would therefore be grateful if you would take the time to complete the survey in order to assist in this process. This survey should take no more than 5 minutes to complete. Thank You More
    Closed 17 October 2022
  • Derrytrasna Pastoral Care Award 2023

    The Derrytrasna Pastoral Care Award was created by the Department of Education in partnership with the Public Health Agency (PHA) in 2014. The annual award is for school communities that have demonstrated exceptional pastoral care for the emotional health and wellbeing of pupils. It is named after St. Mary’s Primary School in Derrytrasna whose special pastoral care inspired the award. Due to the Covid-19 Pandemic the Award has been suspended for two years, as a result of this... More
    Closed 16 December 2022
  • Principles for Vocational Qualifications in Northern Ireland

    Purpose of this consultation: Vocational qualifications are the foundations upon which our vocational education and skills system is built. They are delivered in FE colleges, schools (including Irish Medium schools), private training organisations, the community and voluntary sector and businesses to a wide range of different learners and fulfil a range of different purposes. Vocational qualifications are also delivered within a range of departmental programmes such as ApprenticeshipsNI,... More
    Closed 9 March 2023
  • Department for the Economy - Spending Plans for 2023/24 Consultation

    The Secretary of State for Northern Ireland (SoS) announced the 2023/24 Budget for Northern Ireland on 27 April 2023. This will see Northern Ireland departments receive £14.2 billion of Resource DEL funding and £2.2 billion of Capital DEL funding. The Department for the Economy (DfE) has been allocated funding of £772 million Resource DEL (RDEL) and £246 million Capital DEL (CDEL) for 2023/24. Overall, Northern Ireland departments face a 0.4% reduction in budgets;... More
    Closed 30 August 2023
  • Northern Ireland School Leavers Statistics – User Survey

    The Department of Education publishes annual National Statistics on school leavers in Northern Ireland ( Qualifications and destinations of Northern Ireland school leavers ). These statistics have also, until recently, been published on NINIS and are now available on the new NISRA Data Portal . The purpose of this survey is to help identify the users of these statistics, assess whether the statistics meet their needs, and identify possible areas for improvement. As a user of these... More
    Closed 13 October 2023
  • Statutory Guidance On The Reduction And Management Of Restrictive Practices In Educational Settings In Northern Ireland

    Consultation launched on Statutory Guidance on the Reduction and Management of Restrictive Practices in Educational Settings The Department of Education has launched a consultation seeking views on its Statutory Guidance on the Reduction and Management of Restrictive Practices in Educational Settings in Northern Ireland. Consultation Period The consultation will run from 5 September until 3 November 2023. The closing date for the... More
    Closed 10 November 2023
  • Relationships and Sexuality Education (RSE) Consultation

    Relationships and Sexuality Education (RSE) The Department of Education has launched a consultation on the circumstances and arrangements which would enable a parent/carer to excuse their child from receiving age-appropriate, comprehensive and scientifically accurate education on sexual and reproductive health and rights, covering prevention of early pregnancy and access to abortion. Consultation Period The consultation will run... More
    Closed 24 November 2023
  • Integrated Education Act Action Plan Consultation

    The Integrated Education Act (Northern Ireland) 2022 became law on the 26 October 2022. This Act placed a duty on the Department of Education (DE) to prepare, publish and maintain a strategy for the encouragement, facilitation, support for and provision of integrated education. The strategy had to include an Action Plan to deliver on the strategy and the law re quires that DE consult on that Action Plan. This consultation is an opportunity to have your views considered in... More
    Closed 30 November 2023
  • Enhancing Transitions Services for School Leavers with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities: Public Survey

    Background The End to End review of Special Educational Needs (SEN) aims to address existing gaps in provision and to explore a range of new delivery options to allow for systemic change to take place where necessary. As part of the End to End review process, the Department of Education in conjunction with the Department of Health has established a Working Group to focus on improving the experience of ‘transition’ for those children and young people that have a... More
    Opened 31 January 2024
  • Expression of Interest for Widening Participation Stakeholder Engagement Network

    Expression of Interest for Widening Participation Stakeholder Engagement Network The Department for the Economy (DfE) is reviewing the future approach to Widening Participation in Higher Education. We believe that your valuable expertise and insights will greatly contribute to our mission of promoting equal access and opportunities in education. Stakeholder participation will not only help shape our widening participation efforts but also create a... More
    Closed 21 February 2024
  • Education Settings – DE Emotional Health and Wellbeing Survey (February 2024)

    Education Settings – DE Emotional Health and Wellbeing Survey (February 2024) The joint Department of Education (DE) and Department of Health Children & Young People's Emotional Health and Wellbeing in Education Framework was published in February 2021 along with an implementation plan . The Framework sets out overarching guidelines to support those working in DE-funded educational settings (pre-school through to post-primary) to help them promote emotional... More
    Opened 22 February 2024
  • Voluntary/Community/Private Organisations – DE Emotional Health and Wellbeing Survey (February 2024)

    The joint Department of Education (DE) and Department of Health Children & Young People's Emotional Health and Wellbeing in Education Framework was published in February 2021 along with an implementation plan . The Framework sets out overarching guidelines to support those working in DE-funded educational settings (pre-school through to post-primary) to help them promote emotional wellbeing and strengthen self-esteem and resilience in children and young people. The Framework... More
    Opened 22 February 2024
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