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Next steps for the education system in NI and priorities for the Independent Review of Education - education recovery in the wake of the pandemic, the future shape and design of the school system, tackling inequality, funding, and governance

TO BE PUBLISHED April 2022


Price: £95 PLUS VAT
Format: DOWNLOADABLE PDF


This conference focuses on next steps for the design and delivery of education in Northern Ireland.


It will be an opportunity for stakeholders and policymakers to discuss key issues as the wide-ranging Independent Review of Education begins its 18-month deliberations.


Delegates will examine the Review’s remit, its initial findings, and the key areas it should look at as it continues. It will be an opportunity to offer feedback as it considers how education in Northern Ireland should be delivered in the 21st century.


We are pleased to be able to announce a keynote address from the Independent Review’s Chair, Dr Keir Bloomer who will be outlining initial findings from the Independent Review.


The agenda is structured to bring out latest thinking on:


  • the future of education in Northern Ireland - latest thinking on developing a shared vision of education, as well as options and issues for creating a single education system
    • with Amanda Watkins, Assistant Director, European Agency for Special Needs and Inclusive Education on international models of education
  • education recovery in the context of the pandemic - lost learning during the pandemic, supporting students and addressing mental health concerns
  • the school system - examining its future shape and design, and exploring ways to tackle inequalities
    • with Michele Corkey, Director of Education, Education Authority on tackling inequality in the education system
  • supporting delivery - what is needed in terms of funding, governance, and provision for staff wellbeing
  • education standards - areas for improvement in Northern Ireland, and learning from best practice
    • with Faustina Graham, Chief Inspector, Education Training Inspectorate (ETI) on future priorities for education and school standards

The discussion is bringing together stakeholders with key policy officials who are due to attend from the Department for the Economy; the Northern Ireland Audit Office; and the DfE.



This pack includes

  • Dropbox video recording of the conference
  • PDF transcript of the discussion, including all speaker remarks and Q&A
  • PDFs of speakers' slide material (subject to permission)
  • PDFs of the delegate pack, including speaker biographies and attendee list
  • PDFs of delegate articles