The Integrated Education Fund (IEF) welcomes the publication yesterday (22 July 2019) of the report from the NI Affairs Committee’s (NIAC’s) inquiry into education funding in Northern Ireland. The IEF’s written contribution to the inquiry included a call for a reform of the structure of the NI education system to rationalise provision and enable better use of resources. We also called for community participation in decisions on education planning and delivery.
The Fund is, therefore, particularly pleased by the Committee’s comment:
We saw there is a clear need to reduce duplication across the education sector and for consolidation of the school estate. Witnesses were clear that alongside the immediate funding pressures on education, the complicated structure of education in Northern Ireland meant that money was not being spent in the most efficient way. (more…)