The Department of Education are committed to a process of encouraging schools across Northern Ireland to partner together more systematically. In particularly, they want schools that traditionally serve the protestant or catholic community to come together.
The goals of developing these partnerships include:
•Improving the standards of achievement of all our pupils;
•Increasing the skills of staff in partnering schools;
•Enhancing the use of resources of the schools involved;
•To help children develop more friendships across the community;
•To empower all stakeholders to be able to embrace diversity;
•To impact community relations now and in the future.
In March 2016 Carntall Primary School, St. Macartan's Primary School and Augher Central Primary School were delighted to receive funding for Shared Education for a three-year period. For us, the Shared Education Programme enables cross-sectoral collaborations to become an integral part of school life, creating enhanced educational and personal development opportunities for everyone involved.
Our Journey So Far...
Following our acceptance onto the Shared Education Programme NI (SEPNI) in March of this year, our schools have been very busy planning and delivering an exciting series of events designed to enhance and enrich the children’s learning experiences whilst promoting collaboration.
In addition to this, the Programme has provided the opportunity for staff to further develop their skills and expertise by sharing good practice and engaging in joint professional development.
This year our programme began with the P1 and 2 children and was focused on developing the area of play based learning in the outdoors.