Magazine article Public Finance

NI Schools Urged to Share Resources

Magazine article Public Finance

NI Schools Urged to Share Resources

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Northern Ireland's schools are to be encouraged to move towards cross-community co-operation under proposals from a government-commissioned review led by Sir George Bain.

Extra funding will go to schools that share resources and collaborate with others. 'There are too many schools with too few pupils,' Bain said.

Area-based planning will provide a co-ordinated approach to the problem of surplus school places. There are 54,000 extra places, which will rise to about 80,000 in a decade. The number arises, in part, from Northern Ireland's diversity of statefunded schools.

There are controlled schools (state schools, mostly attended by Protestants); Catholic schools (grant supported, with some Protestant pupils); Irish language schools; voluntary schools (grant supported, with mostly Protestant pupils); and integrated schools.

Bain rejected the option of converting state schools to integrated status, instead calling for all establishments to move towards integration. …

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