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Key Issues - Education in Northern Ireland



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Page Compiled: Martin Melaugh and Fionnuala McKenna
Material is added to this site on a regular basis - information on this page may change

While this section is being completed the following publications, and related information, will be of use:

  • A selected reading list

  • Summary

  • Chronology

  • Background information

  • Main pages

  • Ministerial Advisory Group on Advancing Shared Education
    • Connolly, Paul., Purvis, Dawn., and O'Grady, PJ. (2013). 'Advancing Shared Education', report of the Ministerial Advisory Group, (March 2013; released 22 April 2013), [PDF; 1176KB]. Belfast: Queen's University Belfast.
    • Ministerial Advisory Group. (2013). 'Ministerial Advisory Group launches report on the advancement of shared education in Northern Ireland', News Release, (22 April 2013), [PDF; 29KB]. Belfast: Queen's University Belfast.

  • Integrated Education - review of policy and research evidence
    • Hansson, Ulf., O'Connor Bones, Una., and McCord, John. (2013). Integrated Education: A review of policy and research evidence 1999-2012, (January 2013), [PDF; 1423KB]. Belfast: Integrated Education Fund, and UNESCO Centre.
    • Hansson, Ulf., O'Connor Bones, Una., and McCord, John. (2013). Foreward and Executive Summary, from, Integrated Education: A review of policy and research evidence 1999-2012, (January 2013), [PDF; 482KB]. Belfast: Integrated Education Fund, and UNESCO Centre.

  • Research Into the Effects of the Selective System of Education in Northern Ireland
    • Gallagher, Tony., and Smith, Alan. (2000). The Effects of the Selective System of Secondary System in Northern Ireland: Main Report, (September 2000), [PDF; 306KB]. Belfast: Department of Education for Northern Ireland (DENI). ... [4173]
    • Gallagher, Tony., and Smith, Alan. (2000). The Effects of the Selective System of Secondary System in Northern Ireland: Research Briefing, (RB 4/2000), (September 2000), [PDF; 48KB]. Belfast: Department of Education for Northern Ireland (DENI). ... [17967]
    • Ruane, Caitriona. (2007). 'Outlining a Vision for our Education system', Statement by Caitriona Ruane, then Education Minister, at Stormont, Belfast, (4 December 2007), [PDF; 66KB]. Belfast: Department of Education.

  • Official statistics

  • Details of source material.

There is also some information on education in Northern Ireland in the mid-1990s, produced as part of the CALM project and made available on CAIN in 1997.

The Centre for the Study of Conflict (1997 to 2000) produced a number of reports on education in Northern Ireland, in particular the development of integrated education, and extracts from these reports are available at the CAIN site.


CAIN contains information and source material on the conflict and politics in Northern Ireland.
CAIN is based within the University of Ulster.


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