Education funding in Northern Ireland Contents



1 Introduction and political context

Education funding in Northern Ireland

The Committee’s inquiry

Political context and decision-making in Northern Ireland

2 Education in Northern Ireland

Schools in Northern Ireland

The Department of Education and associated bodies

The Education Authority


3 The education budget and school funding

The Department of Education Budget

Schools’ budgets

The budgeting process

Consequences of budget pressures

The Confidence and Supply Agreement and the Fresh Start Agreement

The Common Funding Scheme

Centrally-held funding

4 Area Planning and the school estate

The Northern Ireland School Estate

Area Planning policy

5 Special Educational Needs and Disability

SEND in Northern Ireland

Changes to SEND legislation

Special Schools

6 Teachers and pay

The teaching workforce in Northern Ireland

Teachers’ pay and industrial action

Skills and Continuing Professional Development

Staff workloads and wellbeing

Conclusions and recommendations

Formal minutes


Published written evidence

List of Reports from the Committee during the current Parliament

Published: 22 July 2019