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Northern Ireland Assembly Christmas Card Competition

Do you have a budding young artist in your school? If so, the Northern Ireland Assembly would like to hear from you. We are calling on Key Stage 2 pupils from primary schools across Northern Ireland to design this year’s official Assembly Christmas card.

The winner and shortlisted entrants will have their work displayed in a special art exhibition in the Great Hall, Parliament Buildings over the festive season.

Click the link below for details on how to enter the competition!

North West Regional College Talks Back

Following previous successful “Talks Back” events, North West Regional College will join forces with the Northern Ireland Assembly Education Service and Peace and Reconciliation Group to hold a exciting event aimed at sharing concerns about the development of the local region. The event takes place at the College's Foyle Building, Strand Road Campus, Derry-Londonderry on Friday 7th June 2013.

Schools Questions video now online!

If you missed the BBC Schools Questions event, broadcast from the Senate Chamber of Parliament Buildings on Friday 31st May 2013, a video of proceedings has been uploaded to the BBC School Report website and is viewable at the following link:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/schoolreport/22707629

Attention AS Students of Government and Politics!

The Education Service has updated its Committee Resource for AS teachers and students of Government and Politics. It contains information about the power of Committees and right up-to-date examples of their impact on policy development, legislation and budget scrutiny. Hopefully, this will help you revise for next week's paper on the Northern Ireland module. Good luck!

New Committee Resource

Pupils question MLAs in a live Webcast from Parliament Buildings

"Schools Questions"

The Northern Ireland Assembly Education Service, in conjunction with BBC Northern Ireland, is hosting a panel discussion which will be broadcast live at 2pm on Friday 31st May 2013 from the Senate Chamber at Parliament Buildings. Why not tune in and be part of the 'virtual audience'?

More Spontaneity for Assembly Question Time

The Assembly's Procedures Committee has recommended that Ministerial Question Time include time for topical and spontaneous questions to take place during the existing Oral Question Time. The recommendation comes as the Assembly considers the Committee's Report into Topical Questions.

The introduction of a Topical Question Time will be the first time that local Ministers take spontaneous questions from Members on a wide variety of issues--questions on which Ministers have not had specific briefing.

Education Select Committee Enquiry into School Sports

The Education Select Committee in Westminster is conducting an inquiry into School Sports following London 2012 Olympics and the Paralympics, and is keen to gather information from teachers on current policy and provision of school sports and the Olympic legacy.

Female Suffrage Competition is Open

Click here for competition details.

Click here for background information.

Click here for suffrage timeline.

Click here for links.

DEL Committee holds Inquiry into careers advice

As part of this Inquiry, the Committee wishes to gain the views of Year 12, 13 and 14 students on the Careers advice they receive. The aim of the Inquiry is make recommendations to improve careers advice. A questionnaire can be found at https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/NKK2TCW. The survey should take 5-10 minutes to complete. The closing date for the survey is 22 March 2013.

CAL Report on the Potential of Creative Industries

To be debated today – the Culture, Arts and Leisure Committee’s Report on the Potential of Creative Industries. Recommendations include more effective branding of the creative industries in NI; appointment of creative ‘champions’; a one stop shop for advice and support; and better partnerships between government, industry and education sectors. Regarding schools, the report calls for better career advice in this area and an end to pupils having to choose between arts and sciences.

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