Committee for Education

Welcome to the Home Page of the Committee for Education. The Committee was established to advise and assist the Minister of Education, Peter Weir MLA on matters within his responsibility. The Committee undertakes a scrutiny, policy development and consultation role with respect to the Department for Education and plays a key role in the consideration and development of legislation. The Committee Chairperson is Barry McElduff MLA.

Here you will find information about the Committee membership and the work of the Committee.

Latest News

The Committee for Education will hold its next meeting on Wednesday 18 January 2017 at 10:00am in Room 30, Parliament Buildings.

The Committee has requested an oral evidence session from the Minister on budget arrangements for schools and contingency plans in the event of the dissolution of the Northern Ireland Assembly.

The Committee will consider oral evidence from the Department on the Special Educational Needs and Disability Act regulations.

The Committee will also receive an oral briefing from Assembly Research on composite classes.

Committee for Education's response to the Executive's Draft PfG 2016-21

A copy of the Committee for Education's response to the Executive's Draft PfG 2016-21 can be accessed here.

Contact the Committee

Committee Clerk: Peter McCallion

Room 428, Parliament Buildings,
Belfast,BT4 3XX

Tel: (028) 9052 1821

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Inquiry into Educational Underachievement

Terms of Reference

The Committee has agreed its terms of reference of an inquiry into educational underachievement.  The relevant Terms of Reference are set out below.

The Committee will:

•   Review the nature of educational underachievement by school pupils in primary and post-primary schools including a focus on the experience and progress of marginalised groups;

•   Identify the key barriers to, and enablers for, educational achievement by school pupils including a focus on: early years interventions, literacy and numeracy programmes and the impact of academic selection and post-primary transfer;

•   Identify and analyse alternative approaches and models of good practice in other jurisdictions in terms of policy interventions and programmes;

•   Consider what priorities and actions need to be taken in order to improve educational achievement by school pupils – particularly for marginalised groups including e.g. Looked After Children - and including the effectiveness of Departmental policies such as Count, Read, Succeed and relevant interventions; and

•   Report to the Assembly on its findings and recommendations by Christmas 2017.


In order to inform its Inquiry, the Committee wishes to hear the views and opinions of representative organisations. In the first instance, the Committee is seeking written submissions on the matters set out above. The deadline for written submissions is 24 February 2017. Submissions should be made by email to


If you have any queries in respect of the above, please contact the Committee office team at 028 9052 0379. Further guidance on making submissions to statutory committee inquiries is here.

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The Committee for Education, in partnership with the Assembly Education Service, launched a special interactive art initiative as part of a range of Committee activities to highlight Anti-Bullying Week 2016.

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