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Belfast Festival of Learning event - 9th March 2016

Be part of the Belfast Festival of Learning at the

Northern Ireland Assembly!


This unique festival, running between 7th and 13th March, aims to showcase the opportunities for learning in Belfast, engage Belfast citizens in learning, and inspire interest and enjoyment through a week long programme of interactive learning events and workshops.

Anti-bullying Bill brought before NI Assembly

Education Minister, John O'Dowd, will introduce a new anti-bullying bill to the Northern Ireland Assembly later today. It will define bullying, require schools to record all incidents and make Boards of Governors responsible for anti-bullying policies.The bill will also suggest that schools will have to keep records of bullying incidents, including why they happened and how they were dealt with.

MLAs will debate the detail of the bill before Christmas. The Assembly term ends in Spring 2016 and the Minister would like it to become law before then.

Students challenge local politicians to “talk politics” in Armagh

Following on from a series of successful ‘Let's Talk Politics’ events aimed at young people, sixth form students from schools in Newry and Armagh and South Down constituencies will take up the challenge to quiz their local political representatives on the issues that matter to them and their local communities. 

RCSLT '2016 Voice Box Awards’


Schools Joke telling contest: Launching the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists (RCSLT) 2016 Voice Box Awards are Fergus Cooper, CEO Save the Children; former finalist Aiobh Cahalane; Speaker of the Northern Ireland Assembly, Mitchel McLaughlin MLA and Vivienne Fitzroy, RCSLT Northern Ireland Policy Officer.


Check out our new video gallery!

If you want to find out about elections, committees, or how a law is made, it’s all in our new video gallery.

There are over 40 films in the gallery, including interviews with MLAs and short animations which explain some of the detailed aspects of politics. So whether you are a primary school pupil who is just starting to learn about the Assembly, or an A-level student of Government and Politics, you should find something to help you at the link below.

NI Assembly Education Service Video Gallery

Assembly screens films made to mark World Mental Health Day

The Northern Ireland Assembly has today screened three films, made by young people, on the important theme of mental health. The films, which were made as part of the project 'Connections' was funded through the EU's Erasmus+ programme and involved young people working with MLAs and mental health agencies.


Let's Talk events in your area

Are you aged 16-18 or know someone who is? Do you want to put your questions to local politicians? Why not come to a “Let’s Talk” event near you?

The Education Service is organising these events with local schools to give first time voters in the next elections the opportunity to ask questions which they feel are relevant to them. Students of all subject areas will find this event useful. The panel discussion will be hosted by journalist and political commentator Paul McFadden.

We want your views on mental health services!

If you are aged between 11 and 25, please complete this survey about mental health services for young people.

Opportunity for History teachers

On Monday 21st of September, the Speaker of the Northern Ireland Assembly is hosting a lecture by Dr Gerard MacAtasney on the subject of the Irish Famine. 

If you would like to attend, please e-mail  to request an invitation.


Education Service Newsletter July 2015

The Education Service Newsletter for July 2015 can be found below:


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