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.

Educational Underachievement

We responded to an inquiry into the causes of educational underachievement and suggested greater parental engagement as a cost-effective solution in tackling the entrenched problem.

Department for Communities' Regulation of Gambling in NI

The Department for Communities in Northern Ireland (NI) sought public opinion on reforming the current gambling laws, to see if there is an appetite to modernise them to allow for a more flexible approach. Parentkind responded because there is a section on lotteries that affects our member PTAs in NI. The feedback we gave to government was based on conversations we have with our PTAs when giving them guidance on licencing laws and advice on how they can operate in accordance with them. We presented the views of parents in PTAs to the Department for their consideration. The consultation closed on 21st February 2020.

Supporting Newcomer Pupils policy

Closed 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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