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Transforming Education

The Transforming Education project aims to highlight some of those aspects of Northern Ireland’s education system by developing a range of Briefing Papers and Infographics.

About the Transforming Education Project

Much of the education provision in Northern Ireland’s schools is exemplary, and teachers in Northern Ireland are rightly held in high esteem in the community.

However, there are aspects of the education system which are not as effective as they might be, and sometimes there appear to be inefficiencies or inequity which limit the effectiveness of the overall system, particularly in a period of stretched budgets.
The Transforming Education project aims to highlight some of those aspects of Northern Ireland’s education system by developing a range of Briefing Papers and Infographics. Many of them will focus on policies relevant to integration and separate schooling; pupil demography and enrolment patterns across school types, sectors and geographic areas; current arrangements for school governance and teacher education, recruitment, and employment practices, including implications for fair employment and statutory requirements for religious education and worship in schools.
The purpose of this project is to stimulate debate among teachers, educationalists, decision-makers and the wider public. We encourage you to link to and to share these widely to encourage further discussion and debate around these topics.

Publications

  • Briefing Papers Collection (Papers 1-12)

  • Briefing Paper: Citizenship education in Northern Ireland – An opportunity not yet realised?

  • Briefing Paper: Education across the island of Ireland: comparing systems and outcomes

  • Briefing Paper: Same Difference? Shared Education and Integrated Education

  • Briefing Paper: Home-school travel in a divided education system: at what cost?

  • Briefing Paper: Teaching Unions – Splits, Mergers, Alliances and Community Identity

  • Briefing Paper: Academic Selection and the Transfer Test

  • Briefing Paper: Administrative Structures in the NI Education System

  • Briefing Paper: Parental choice of primary and post-primary schools: myth or reality?

  • Briefing Paper: Community division and student separation in Initial Teacher Education

  • Briefing Paper: Pre-school education in Northern Ireland

  • Briefing Paper: The Governance of Schools

  • Info Graphic: The Governance of Schools

  • Briefing Paper: The Certificate in Religious Education

  • Info Graphic: The Certificate in Religious Education

  • Briefing Paper: Isolated Together: Pairs of Primary Schools Duplicating Provision

  • Briefing Paper: Religion and Education

  • Info Graphic: Religion and Education

  • Briefing Paper: Employment Mobility of Teachers and the FETO Exception

  • Info Graphic: Employment Mobility of Teachers and the FETO Exception

  • There are currently five researchers involved in the project:

    Dr Stephen Roulston, School of Education (Project Lead)
    Dr Matt Milliken, School of Education
    Dr Sally Cook, School of Geography and Environmental Sciences
    Dr Clare McAuley, School of Education
    Sammy Taggart, School of Education

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