Parents – your chance to have a say in education!
Following the success of our first three Northern Ireland Parents’ Parliament in Bangor, Magherafelt and Newry, we are excited to announce the dates for our next two events. We have parliaments planned in Omagh and Belfast, with a final Parliament to be held in the Parliament Buildings at Stormont, Belfast in late 2019. This final event will be a culmination of all the regional Parents’ Parliaments with a representative group of parents from across NI presenting feedback and/or proposed actions needing to be addressed in education.
You can read more about our first event here.
The Parents' Parliament is a great opportunity for all parents to share your views, ideas and experiences of your child’s education with key education policymakers in a relaxed and friendly way.
Here’s some feedback from our Bangor event:
“..... initially the three hours advertised for the event almost prevented you from booking but when you were there you could have sat for another three hours due to the interaction and relevance for me as a parent.”
“School practitioners know that the best education happens when homes and schools are working in partnership; when learning is a shared enterprise. The Parents' Parliament has enabled me, as a school principal, to further this objective in my own school context by sharing in the experiences and feelings of parents on issues such as community links, curriculum and engagement.”
Dr Graham Gault EdD MSc BEd PQH, Principal at Maghaberry Primary School
“It is extremely important as parents to have a voice in our children’s education and wellbeing. I’m really excited to be involved in the first NI Parents' Parliament and looking forward to see this new partnership grow”
Who can attend?
We welcome every parent, carer or guardian with a child at school who would like to have their say and get involved in our Parents' Parliament.
We are delighted that the community events are being supported by:
- The Council for the Curriculum, Examinations and Assessment (CCEA)
- The Department of Education (DENI)
- The Graduate School at Queen's University Belfast
Alongside the team from Parentkind, they will be running the discussions to come up with recommendations and ideas from parents so they can better reflect parents views in their work and policies.
The hot topics for discussion, which have been raised in our latest research in Northern Ireland will include:
- Should there be a parent body in every school?
- Mental health and well-being in schools
- The curriculum (what and how children are taught)
- Parental engagement
Register now for an event near you!
To join any of these events and take the opportunity to have your say, sign up here:
|Tuesday 14th May – Arvalee School, Strule Campus, Gortin Road, Omagh BT79 7DH
|Tuesday 17th September – The Graduate School, Queens University Belfast, University Road, Belfast BT7 1NN