Policy Forum for Northern Ireland

Education in Northern Ireland: next steps for the curriculum, assessment and improving standards

December 2018

This timely seminar will bring out key issues for education policy in Northern Ireland.

The conference takes place as officials in key Government departments and agencies consider options for policy - looking particularly at improving standards and next steps in developing the curriculum and models of assessment - and as the Northern Ireland Affairs Committee conducts its inquiry into education funding.

It will bring out latest thinking from key stakeholders on the way forward for tackling inequalities and educational underachievement - including in groups such as Protestant, working-class boys.

Delegates will also discuss new approaches to improving school standards, the next steps in self-evaluation, challenges for engaging with communities and parents, and opportunities for delivering change through effective school leadership.

Further sessions consider the future for the curriculum in Northern Ireland - meeting the needs of pupils, employers and the wider economy - and will look at the part that schools can play in shaping and delivering the curriculum, including through mutual collaboration.

Price: £95 PLUS VAT

Shortly after every Policy Forum for Northern Ireland seminar, a briefing document is produced. This is distributed to all delegates on the day as well as to our policymaker contacts in government, and to stakeholders more widely.

A seminar publication provides a timely record of proceedings, and acts as a guide to the latest thinking on current policy issues for those unable to be at the event.

This publication includes


Contributions from keynotes and panellists, including accompanying slides*
*Subject to approval

Delegate Pack

Information from the day, including delegate list, biographies and agenda


Transcript of questions and comments posed to speakers from attending delegates


Supplementary articles from speakers
and delegates