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Primary Picassos Heed Assembly’s Call for Art

The Northern Ireland Assembly Art Competition aimed at all Key Stage 2 pupils, which was launched earlier this year, is still taking entries.

We are pleased to say that since the competition opened in January, Northern Ireland pupils have heeded our call and have been etching, sketching, drawing and painting a whole array of impressive creations!

Art Competition

Let your pupils’ imagination run wild!

The Northern Ireland Assembly is delighted to announce the launch of its new and exciting Art Competition aimed at Key Stage 2 Pupils.

Pupils can choose between two themes - “Remembering the Titanic” or “My World” where they can draw on inspiration that reflects their school, family and friends, local community or even a favourite hobby.

Update on Inquiry into School Councils

Principals Asked to Respond to Questionnaire

As part of its inquiry into school councils, the Northern Ireland Assembly Committee for Education is asking all school Principals to complete an online questionnaire.

Committee Chairperson, Mervyn Storey MLA says: “The questionnaire, which should only take 5-10 minutes to complete, will provide us with useful and important information about school councils – how they operate and their contribution to school life. 

Attention AS Teachers and students

The new, updated resource on Committees is now available.

Committee System The legislative role of Committees, Committee Inquiries & budget monitoring role of Committees

Programme for Government- what’s it all about?

The First and deputy First Minsters published a plan for spending the Budget on 17 November 2011. This plan is known as the Programme for Government (PFG) and shows the detail of how the money in the Budget will be spent up to 2015. It also includes targets and goals for the Ministers to achieve.

Should the Assembly ban smoking in cars?

This week, the Assembly debated the issue of smoking in cars when children are passengers and called on the Health Minister to introduce a law to protect children in cars from second hand smoke. John McCallister MLA proposed the motion for debate.

Inquiry into School Councils begins...

The Assembly Education Committee has announced that it will be looking at the issue of school councils. The Committee wants to highlight the good work done by school councils and come up with new ways to support them.

Calling all Primary Picassos. This could be your chance to shine!

How would you like to have your art displayed at Parliament Buildings Stormont?

If you are a Primary School pupil and want to show off your art skills then watch this space as the Assembly will be launching an Art Competition in the New Year.

Details of how to enter will be posted here from 10 January.

Teacher Conference Dates

The Education Service team organises Teacher Conferences for teachers of Primary, Key Stage 3/4 and A-level. These events are an opportunity to find out about relevant Assembly related teaching resources, gain a deeper understanding of democratic structures and share ideas with other teaching professionals.

Live Link to the Assembly

Education Service can organise a live link up between you and the Assembly. We can put your pupils in direct contact with their MLAs or demonstrate Education Service resources to you from the comfort of your classroom. Contact us to find out more.


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