Education Minister John O’Dowd has opened a consultation on the proposed Shared Education Policy and the Shared Education Bill. The Programme for Government for 2011 to 2015 makes a commitment to increase the number of schools sharing facilities and to ensure that all pupils have the opportunity to participate in shared education projects.
The proposed policy, “Sharing Works” builds on the recommendations of the Ministerial Advisory Group on Advancing Shared Education, which reported in 2013. The policy covers areas such as defining, encouraging and facilitating shared education, funding and sustaining shared education into the future and effective monitoring and evaluation of shared education activities. (more…)