The latest briefing paper in Ulster University’s UNESCO Centre’s Transforming Education series, which is supported by the Integrated Education Fund could not be better timed.
Isolated Together: Pairs of Primary Schools Duplicating Provision looks at the cost of providing small rural schools of different sectors and sets out the cost of continuing duplication of provision.
It uses government data and GIS mapping to identify areas where two small primary schools, in some cases below the official sustainable enrolment level, are located close together but several miles from other, similar provision.
The issue of small, isolated schools was one that Londonderry approached with gusto. Today it is territory few politicians dare to tread.
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