Schools invited to consider integration and sharing as options for the future


The Department of Education (DE) has sent out its new “Options for Sharing and Integrating” booklet to NI schools. This leaflet has been designed to provide Principals and Boards of Governors with information on developments which school communities might want to consider within the context of the Sustainable Schools Policy and the Area Planning Process.

Schools invited to consider integration and sharing as options for the futureThe booklet tells schools: “Children and young people are preparing to live and work in a global, multicultural and pluralistic society. Therefore, the benefits of educating children and young people from different community backgrounds together through Shared Education or integrated education are increasingly recognised.”

The publication outlines options such as transformation to integrated education, establishing Shared Education campuses, and jointly managed schools, and provides links to further information on the DE website.

The six-page booklet has been emailed to all schools except Special schools and hospital schools, and hard copies will be distributed to all schools within the next two weeks. The DE suggests that these are made available to senior management teams and members of the Board of Governors, for their information.

“Options for Sharing and Integrating” can be downloaded here.