The latest paper in the Ulster University series looking at the NI education system highlights the complexity within the current system and reveals the extent of the challenge that must be faced if it is to be replaced by a more effective and cost-efficient model.
In order to “help build a shared and integrated society” the NI Executive’s New Decade, New Approach (NDNA) document makes a commitment to “support educating children and young people of different backgrounds together in the classroom”. NDNA recognises that, “the education system has a diversity of school types, each with its own distinctive ethos and values” but considers that this is “unsustainable”. On 10th March 2020 the NI Assembly resolved to call on the Executive to urgently… establish an external, independent review of education provision, with a focus on securing greater efficiency in delivery costs, raising standards, access to the curriculum for all pupils, and the prospects of moving towards a single education system. (more…)