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Parliament Buildings to host the Mock Council of the European Union

This prestigious event is being organised by the British Council and the European Commission Office in Northern Ireland and will take place in Parliament Buildings on Friday 19 October 2012.

Young Artists Shine at Assembly Awards Event

Back in January the Assembly called on local primary school pupils to get out their paints and brushes, show off their artistic talents and submit a piece of original art work for a new and exciting competition led by the Education Service. Young people were given the choice between two themes - ‘Remembering the Titanic’ and ‘My World’ - the response was overwhelming.

Assembly Extra

Assembly Extra is our new web-based programme about the Northern Ireland Assembly. It will give you an insight into how the Assembly works with a mix of informative features, interviews and behind-the-scenes pieces.

Join us behind the scenes with Assembly Broadcasting as we go live on air for the first Plenary session following the election – and things get a little frantic! We also meet James from our Education Service to find out what school groups can expect from a visit to Parliament Buildings. Plus everything you wanted to know about how a Bill becomes law.

Speaker grilled by Bangor Grammar students

Bangor Grammar school students Lewis and Jack had the very unusual opportunity to interview the Speaker of the Northern Ireland Assembly last week. The Speaker, who is usually seen keeping order in the Chamber in Parliament Buildings, took time out of his very busy schedule to talk to the boys as part of BBC News School Report project.

Interview by Bangor Grammar School students Lewis and Jack:

Assembly Art Competition - A Great Success

The artistic talent of local primary school children is certainly not up for an Assembly debate. With over 2,000 entries received, the first ever Northern Ireland Assembly Art Competition has been a great success.

The judging panel were overwhelmed with the colourful impressions of the Titanic and the imaginative expressions of everyday life sent in by our very creative Key Stage 2 pupils.

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.

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