Outreach – beyond Parliament Buildings

We know that not every school can visit Parliament Buildings. However, you can bring the Assembly to your classroom by taking part in our Outreach Programme.

We will come to your school or group anywhere in Northern Ireland to deliver an interactive presentation and activity session. We have designed the presentation and activities to help your students understand the role of the Assembly and encourage them to have their say.

The Outreach Programme is open to primary and post-primary schools, other educational organisations and youth groups. Typical programmes last 60 minutes and can be adapted to suit your particular group’s needs.

We can invite your local MLAs to attend these sessions, to work with the pupils and answer their questions.

What teachers have said about our Outreach programme

‘Pupils were engaged and the delivery was professional and entertaining’

‘Very beneficial for the pupils’ citizenship programme’

‘Great learning through fun teaching methods’

‘Outreach to small schools like ours, in a rural setting, is an excellent idea’

How do I book an outreach programme?

Please contact us by phone or email:

028 90 521896 or 028 90 521833


Let's Talk Events 

The Education Service has been hosting “Let’s Talk” MLA panel events since 2013 and last year more than 400 students aged 16 -18 took part.

This year events will be held in Derry-Londonderry, Belfast, Armagh, Enniskillen and Ballymena.

Why not come along to the event nearest you?  We can provide transport to and from the venue upon request and lunch is also provided after the debate. Substitute cover is not available. Places are allocated on a ‘first come first served’ basis as space is limited.

Dates for events in this academic year 2016 - 2017 are:

Friday 25 November 2016 Derry/Londonderry Holywell Trust, Bishop Street
Friday 24 February 2017 Ballymena St. Louis' Grammar School
Friday 3 March 2017 Armagh The Royal School Armagh
Tuesday 7 March 2017 Belfast Parliament Buildings
TBC Enniskillen  

The aims of the events are:

  • to increase engagement between Members and young people; and
  • to provide an opportunity for young people to get involved in the democratic process.

Our host, journalist and political commentator Paul McFadden, will put the questions to the panel of political representatives and audience members will be able to contribute throughout the debate using audience response technology.

This is an excellent opportunity for young people, who will be first time voters in the next Assembly elections, to ask questions which they feel are relevant to them. We hope that Post 16 students of all subject areas will find this event useful.


10:00 - 10:30      Arrive/ Tea/ Coffee

10:30 - 12:00      Panel debate with MLAs

12:00 - 13:00      Lunch (provided)

13:00                  Depart

Please book your place by emailing education.service@niassembly.gov.uk or by calling 02890 521833. Please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions.


Teacher Training in your school

The Education Service hosts 3 annual Teacher Training days in Parliament Buildings each year and although feedback from these events is overwhelmingly positive, we understand that it can often be difficult for teachers to attend for such training days.

The Education Service now offers a ‘Teacher Training in Schools’ programme for all primary and post primary schools in Northern Ireland.

The training sessions are aimed primarily at teachers of Key Stage 2, 3 and 4 pupils however we also offer training for groups of trainee teachers on PGCE courses or B.Ed. degree programmes who are studying citizenship, politics or PDMU as part of their teacher training course.

The sessions focus on delivering information and resources to support teaching about the work of the Assembly and include practical methods of active learning, participation and engagement.

  • Schools may opt for one hour twilight sessions or longer half-day sessions. Training can be tailored upon request
  • Every workshop is led by one of the Education officers, all of whom are qualified teachers with a range of specialist knowledge
  • Sessions can be run with groups of teachers within individual schools/colleges or clusters of schools within an area learning community
  • Schools may also wish to to book Outreach programmes for pupils on the same day

To book a training session for your staff or for more information:

Please contact us by phone or email:

028 90 521896 or 028 90 521833