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. We will adapt the programme to suit your particular group’s needs.

We can invite your local MLAs to attend these sessions, to work with the pupils and answer any questions they might have.

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 2015/16

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. The panel discussion will be hosted by journalist and political commentator Paul McFadden.


            09.30 - 10.00             Arrival and Registration
            10.00 - 11.45             Panel Q&A with MLAs
            11.45 - 12.15             Packed lunch
            12.15 - 14.00             Round Table Discussion with MLAs and key decision makers
            14.00 - 14.15             Mock Election / Feedback
            14.15 - 14.30             Closing remarks/Election Results

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.

Upcoming dates:              

Date Venue For Students from the constituency of...
Friday 13 November 2015 The Royal School Armagh Newry & Armagh, South Down
Wednesday 9 December 2015

Holywell Trust, DiverseCity Community Partnership, Derry/Londonderry 

Foyle, East Londonderry
Friday 11 December 2015 Drumragh Integrated College, Crevenagh Road, Omagh  Mid Ulster, West Tyrone
Wednesday 20 January 2016 Long Gallery, Parliament Buildings, Belfast   East Belfast,  North Belfast, South Belfast, West Belfast 
Friday 22 January 2016 St. Columbanus' College, Ballymaconnell Road, Bangor North Down, Strangford
Friday 29 January 2016 Antrim Grammar School, Steeple Road, Antrim East Antrim, North Antrim, South Antrim 
Friday 26 February 2016 Holywell Trust, DiverseCity Community Partnership, Derry/Londonderry Foyle, East Londonderry
Friday 4 March 2016 Erne Integrated College Fermanagh and South Tyrone
Friday 11 March 2016 Lismore Comprehensive School, Drumgask, Craigavon Upper Bann, Lagan Valley 

*Year 12 pupils are most welcome if your school does not have Year 13/14.

Teacher Training in your school

The Education Service hosts 4 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