Parents, teachers and young people are among those being asked to contribute to “the most important review of education for many years”.

Independent Review of Education is seeking the views of anyone with an interest in education to help form their work.

The consultation is based around four questions:

  • What does a good education look like?
  • What are the best features of education in Northern Ireland?
  • What are the least satisfactory?
  • What are the issues on which the review should focus?

An initial public consultation, in the form of a survey, will be available to everyone to complete. The survey is a short questionnaire and the Panel is also happy to receive more extensive written statements.

Launching the consultation, Dr Keir Bloomer, Chairperson of the Review Panel said: “While the work of the Panel is at an early stage, we are keen to begin immediate engagement with the wider public to gather views and inform our thinking on a vision for education and the priority matters to be addressed.

“Here is your chance to take part in the most important review of education for many years. We want to hear from young people, parents, teachers, youth workers, lecturers, employers and everyone else with an interest. Feel free to talk to us about the big, controversial issues in Northern Irish education as well as those that affect you locally. I encourage everyone who wishes to express their views on the current education system to take part in the survey.”

Continuing, Dr Bloomer said: “The review is concerned with almost every aspect of education in the province. Respondents are welcome to focus on schools, colleges, youth work or whatever concerns them most. They are free to comment on the whole system or on any part of it.”

The consultation will conclude on 4 February 2022. The online survey can be accessed at www.independentreviewofeducation.org.uk/your-views.

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