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This panel discussion will centre around the current state of education in North Belfast, how schools are dealing with unprecedented levels of poverty, and the terrifying predictions recent cuts will have, longer-term, on an education system already under pressure.

For centuries, The Belfast Charitable Society has been to the fore of educating the city’s impoverished, providing greater opportunities for them to build a better life. This session will take a very brief look back at what education was like in the Poor House in the 18th Century before concentrating on the outcomes of following two key reports* on the education system in Northern Ireland, particularly in areas of disadvantage. (*The Consequences of the Cuts to Education for Children and Young People in Northern Ireland, and A Fair Start).

Hosted by the President of Belfast Charitable Society, Sir Ronnie Weatherup, the debate will centre on thoughts for the future, and what organisations such as the Society can do to help. Opportunities for wider input into this discussion will be made available following the event.

This event is an invitation only event. To request an invitation, please contact caroline@cliftonbelfast.org.uk with your full name, organisation, contact email and contact number.

In association with the 250th Anniversary of Clifton House and the North Belfast Heritage Cluster.