Northern Ireland

Ahead of making policy changes, public bodies such as the Department of Education and schools inspectorate ETI can invite the submission of evidence and expertise from the public and/or interested organisations, to help them to decide if they have the correct approach or if they should make changes to their plans. Parentkind responds to consultations that directly impact on the role of parents in education, and you can find more details about previous responses we have made on this page.

Lend your voice to future consultations

Want to have your say and help to influence government policies? We regularly survey parents on a range of education topics through our Parent Insight Panel. Sign up today and start receiving surveys directly to your inbox. Help us to present parent voice to government and other interested parties so that the vital role of parents in education is represented. Find out more about the Parent Insight Panel and register here.

Supporting Newcomer Pupils policy

Closes Tuesday 15th October 2019

A ‘Newcomer pupil’ is a pupil who speaks a different language at home than the one used in their school, and who needs extra help to understand the language used in their school. In the region of 16,000 pupils are currently classed as Newcomer pupils which is 4.4% of the school population. See the public consultation on Supporting Newcomer Pupils.

Home to school transport 

Closed: March 2019

The Department of Education (DE) in Northern Ireland launched a survey to gather parental opinion as they reviewed the home to school transport policy. They are looking into how it is funded and how policy-makers might make changes to it in the near future. This will have an effect on the day-to-day lives of parents and the children who currently avail of free transport to and from school. Read more about the consultation here and read more about the survey here.

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