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The Education Service and the NI Curriculum

How does the work of the Assembly’s Education Service support the Northern Ireland Curriculum?

The Assembly’s Education Service supports teaching and learning about the Assembly in the classroom and beyond. The Service is free and available to all school, youth and university groups. Through its Education Programme, the Assembly wants to increase awareness among young people of the relevance of the work of government institutions to their lives and to encourage them to get involved in the democratic decision-making process.

A/AS-Level Teacher Training - Tuesday 11 October 2016

We will be hosting a teacher training event for teachers of A/AS-Level Politics in the Long Gallery of Parliament Buildings on Tuesday 11th October 2016. This training is open to any of our colleagues who would like to broaden their general knowledge about the work of the Northern Ireland Assembly and the UK Parliament. The provisional agenda for the day is as follows:

09.00 – 09.30     Registration 

09.30 – 10.00     The NI Assembly Education Service update on new resources and

Mock Council of the European Union 2016

The next Northern Ireland Mock Council of the European Union will take place on October 14th 2016. 

Schools from across Northern Ireland will come together to debate EU matters in Parliament Buildings, Stormont.

The new Assembly

The new Assembly, elected last Thursday, 5 May, meets today for the first time.

The 108 MLAs, including 31 new MLAs, will sign the register and designate as ‘Unionist’, ‘Nationalist’, or ‘Other’. They do this because certain decisions made by the Assembly require cross-community support.

Race to Stormont 2016

The big day is this Thursday 5 May. Voters across Northern Ireland will choose 108 MLAs to form the next Assembly. MLAs have a big impact on our lives, making laws about education, health, environment, agriculture, the economy and lots more.

Assembly Women's Week, Monday 7 March to Friday 11 March

Mitchel McLaughlin MLA, Speaker of the Northern Ireland AssemblyThe Speaker of the Northern Ireland Assembly, Mitchel McLaughlin MLA, is hosting the Assembly’s first Women’s Week from Monday 7 March – Friday 11 March 2016, to encourage more women to participate in public life. International Women’s Day is on Tuesday 8 March. Everyone is invited to attend.

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’


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