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Ruane meets South Down Post-Primary Principals

26 September, 2008

Sinn Féin Education Minister Caitríona Ruane has continued her ongoing consultation with key education partners by meeting with post-primary principals from the South Down area.

Speaking to the 11 principals at the Slieve Donard Hotel, Newcastle, the minister outlined the current reforms and policies she is progressing.

Speaking after the event the minister said:

"Since becoming Education Minister I have ensured that there is maximum consultation with all the key education partners. This meeting has been one of a series of school visits, public and private meetings and conferences I have undertaken to make sure I hear a wide range of viewpoints.

"The meeting with South Down principals has given me the opportunity to discuss a wide range of issues. These have included the impact of demographic decline and the potential for collaboration in schools. I also welcomed the chance to discuss the key reforms in education policy such as the proposals on post-primary transfer, the implementation of the revised curriculum and the delivery of the Entitlement Framework.

"I would like to thank everyone who attended for taking time out of their busy schedules to share their experiences and ideas with me." ENDS

Notes to Editors

  1. The meeting took place on 24 September 2008 and was attended by the Education Minister, senior officials from the Department of Education and Principals from:
  • Shimna Integrated College
  • Ardmore House School
  • De La Salle High School
  • St Patrick's Grammar School
  • Down High School
  • St Marys' High School
  • St Colman's High School
  • The High School Ballynahinch
  • Saintfield High School
  • St Colmcille's High School
  • Blackwater Integrated College

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