Policy Forum for Northern Ireland

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

December 2018

This timely conference focused on key issues for education policy in Northern Ireland.

Delegates considered new approaches to raising attainment, improving school standards, and opportunities for delivering change through effective school leadership, as well as identifying priorities for school improvement through trends in examination results.

They also examined the way forward for tackling inequalities and educational underachievement in hard to reach groups - including through increased parental engagement, community outreach and tackling poverty as a barrier to good education outcomes.

Those attending also discussed the pressure on schools to deliver effective services in the absence of an Executive and under the financial strain on budgetary cuts.

Further sessions assessed the next steps in shaping and developing the curriculum and models of assessment to fit the needs of Northern Ireland in the future - including meeting the needs of pupils, employers and the wider economy - and looked at at the part that schools can play in shaping and delivering the curriculum, including through greater collaboration with employers and industry, and how the FE and HE sectors can support them to do so.

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