Wednesday, 10 February 2021

Questions (480)

Aodhán Ó Ríordáin

Question:

480. Deputy Aodhán Ó Ríordáin asked the Minister for Education if she will publish the minutes of the meetings of the 2021 State advisory group; and if the membership of the advisory group will also be published. [7428/21]

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Written answers (Question to Education)

The planning work underway in respect of the State Examinations in 2021 is being assisted by an Advisory Group of key stakeholders which has met on a number of occasions in recent months. The Advisory Group on Planning for State Examinations 2021 has been convened to advise Government on all of the various issues arising in relation to the holding of the 2021 examinations, including public health considerations and appropriate contingency measures. The Advisory Group includes representatives of students, parents, teachers, school leadership and management bodies, the State Examinations Commission, the National Council for Curriculum and Assessment, the Department of Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science, the Higher Education Authority and the Department of Education, including the National Educational Psychological Service.

Details of the Advisory Group have been published, the webpage contains details on the purpose of the group, the terms of reference and the membership of the group. The webpage also includes a link to meeting documentation where minutes of meetings that have been agreed by the Advisory Group have been published. These details are available at: www.gov.ie/en/organisation-information/06f0c-advisory-group-on-planning-for-state-examinations-2021/.

Press releases regarding meetings of the group are available at www.gov.ie/en/publications/?q=&sort_by=published_date&type=press_releases&organisation=department-of-education.

Question No. 481 answered with Question No. 475.