Education Committee Inquiry Into Shared and Integrated Education

The Northern Ireland Assembly Committee for Education has launched an Inquiry into Shared and Integrated Education.

The inquiry seeks to examine how Shared and Integrated Education are delivered across Northern Ireland, whether there is a need for a formal, statutory definition of Shared Education and a legal obligation for its promotion and encouragement.

The Terms of Reference for the Inquiry are to -

  • Review the nature and definition of Shared Education and Integrated Education as it applies across all educational phases – including consideration of the need for a formal statutory definition and an obligation in statute to facilitate and encourage Shared Education;
  • Identify the key barriers and enablers for Shared Education and Integrated Education;
  • Identify and analyse alternative approaches and models of good practice in other jurisdictions in terms of policy interventions and programmes;
  • Consider what priorities and actions need to be taken to improve sharing and integration – including the effectiveness of the relevant parts of the CRED policy; the need to engage more effectively with parents/carers; and the role of Special Schools; and
  • Report to the Assembly on its findings and recommendations by Spring 2015.

The Committee is keen to hear from all interested parties. Submissions should be made in writing to [email protected]. The closing date for written submissions is 24 October 2014.

More information on the Inquiry is available here.


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