Northern Ireland Parents' Parliament

Parents – your chance to have a say in education!

Following the success of our first four Northern Ireland Parents’ Parliament in Bangor, Magherafelt, Newry and Omagh we are excited to announce the date for our 5th event in Belfast, with a final Parliament to be held in the Parliament Buildings at Stormont, Belfast in early 2020. 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.

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 previous events:

“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
  "I welcomed the way the event lent itself to so much parental interaction with the opportunity to discuss issues or perceived issues with other parents and experts from CCEA and DE in a very open and honest  forum and also consider solutions to overcome these.  I think the idea of a Parents’ Parliament has been long overdue and I commend Parentkind for setting this up and also, to CCEA and DE for coming out especially to the West to listen to parents never knowing what they might be faced with.  For too long education policy makers have been inaccessible to parents and it is with great hope after last night that they will remain true to their word and that we will see more meaningful dialogue and growing partnerships between home, school and the education policy makers."
Eileen Cassidy, Parent and Board of Governor at St Connor’s PS
“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” 
Parent, Bangor
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. 

Our Supporters

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? 
  • The curriculum (what and how children are taught)
  • Parental engagement

Register now for our next event!

To join this event and take the opportunity to have your say, sign up here:

Tuesday 17th September – The Graduate School, Queens University Belfast, University Road, Belfast BT7 1NN
Register here
 

 

             

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