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NI education sector representatives speak about funding pressures

3 December 2018

As part of its ongoing inquiry into education funding, the Northern Ireland Affairs Committee hears from representatives of Northern Ireland's school sectors about financial pressures and delivery of education.


Wednesday 5 December in the Grimond Room, Portcullis House

Panel 1

  • Gerry Campbell, Chief Executive, Council for Catholic Maintained Schools
  • Tony McCusker, Chair, Finance and Personnel Committee, Council for Catholic Maintained Schools
  • Barry Mulholland, Chief Executive, Controlled Schools Support Council
  • Heather Murray, Board Member, Controlled Schools Support Council and Principal, Millington Primary School

Panel 2

  • Nuala O'Neill, Chief Executive, Governing Bodies Association
  • Sir Gerry Loughran, Vice Chairman, Governing Bodies Association
  • Roisin Marshall, Chief Executive Officer, Northern Ireland Council for Integrated Education
  • Diane McDowell, NICIE Representative, Department for Education Local Management of Schools Funding Committee and Bursar, Hazelwood Integrated Primary School

Purpose of the session

The Committee questions representatives of some of Northern Ireland's key school sectors on the impact of education funding decisions. Northern Ireland's school system is complex and includes a number of different types of school, such as Catholic Maintained Schools and Integrated Schools. Financial management varies between the sectors.

The Committee's inquiry into education funding has so far revealed shocking evidence of parents being asked to donate basic supplies, such as toilet roll, to some schools. In this evidence session, the Committee also examines how schools in different sectors are responding to funding challenges.

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