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 - 90 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 

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?

These events are an opportunity for first time voters in the next elections to ask questions which they feel are relevant to them. Students of all subject areas will find this event useful. Schools may send up to 15 pupils and places will be allocated on a ‘first come, first served’ basis.

Please book your place by emailing education.service@niassembly.gov.uk  or by calling 02890 521833.

 In 2015-16, more than 400 students attended Let's Talk events in Armagh, Belfast, Craigavon, Enniskillen, Omagh, Derry-Londonderry, Bangor and Antrim. 

Dates for events in the next academic year 2016 - 2017 will be published here soon.             


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