Education in Northern Ireland: next steps for the curriculum, assessment and improving standards

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Tuesday December 4, 2018 - Tuesday December 4, 2018

08:30-13:00

Belfast, Northern Ireland

This seminar discussed new approaches to improving school standards, the next steps in self-evaluation, challenges for engaging with communities and parents, and opportunities for delivering change through effective school leadership. Further sessions considered the future for the curriculum in Northern Ireland - meeting the needs of pupils, employers and the wider economy - and looked at the part that schools can play in shaping and delivering the curriculum, including through mutual collaboration.

David Thomas, TIMSS National Research Coordinator at NFER spoke on Identifying priorities for school improvement using the Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS).

TIMSS is an International Large Scale Assessment that can play an important role in identifying priorities for school improvement in the primary sector in Northern Ireland. By considering the attainment of year 6 students linked to responses from questionnaires from schools, teachers, pupils and parents the study offers insights into factors in the educational environment that are influencing pupil achievement. Moreover, this study is performed every four years in over 60 countries so allows for insightful comparisons to a wide range of educational systems and how they have changed over time.

This dataset therefore provides policy makers and school leaders with an evidence base for the relationships between the educational environment, curriculum and attainment and offers potential solutions to school improvement based on the experience of countries across the world.

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