Transforming Education: A Conversation on Isolated Pairs of Schools


You’re invited to join us for a conversation on isolated pairs of schools and sustainable education provision in rural areas.

Friday, 28 February 2020
10:00am – 1:00pm
Ranfurly House Arts & Visitor Centre
26 Market Square
Dungannon BT70 1AB

Ulster University’s Transforming Education project has recently produced a briefing paper called “Isolated Together: Pairs of Primary Schools Duplicating Provision”. The report highlights the need to look at education provision in areas where there are pairs of schools of different management types, i.e. where a Controlled and a Catholic Maintained primary school are located within 1 mile of each other and at least 3 miles away from alternative provision. The report suggests: “Were these schools to find arrangements to remove duplication and to become more sustainable they would be more likely to avoid closures, to the benefit of all sides of the local communities.”

Isolated TogetherYou can find the full document here.

The IEF are keen to hear what local communities, parents and organisations think of the results of the report and to get ideas and feedback in terms of how we can best ensure sustainable education provision in local areas.

You’re invited to come along to our event on Friday 28 February to hear more about the research as well as share your views on this.

The “Transforming Education: A Conversation on Isolated Pairs of Schools” event will be held at Ranfurly House in Dungannon and will start at 10.00 and finish with a finger buffet lunch and networking. We will be joined by Dr Stephen Roulston, co-author of the briefing paper, who will provide an overview of the research. There will be opportunities for questions as well as table discussions. Places are free but please book yours as soon as possible as they are limited.

If you’d like to book a place, please visit Eventbrite: https://isolatedpairsofschools.eventbrite.co.uk

If you have any questions or would like more information about the event, please contact: Jessica@ief.org.uk | 028 9069 4099

This event is supported by a generous grant from the Reconciliation Fund of the Irish Department of Foreign Affairs.