Minister receives independent report on shared education
Education Minister, John O’Dowd, has taken receipt of the report of the independent Ministerial Advisory Group on shared education.
In July 2012 the Minister announced the establishment of the Group to engage with key stakeholders and provide advice on how the Programme for Government commitments on shared education could be fulfilled.
Professor Paul Connolly was appointed Chair of the Advisory Group and he was assisted by Dawn Purvis and PJ O’Grady.
Commenting following publication of the report, the Minister said:
“Education has a vital role to play in developing the type of shared society that we aspire to. The Programme for Government commits to advancing shared education, specifically to ensure that by 2015 all children have the opportunity to participate in shared education programmes and to substantially increase the number of schools sharing facilities.
“Greater sharing and co-operation between schools and across sectors is key to delivering access to the curriculum on the basis of equality. We already have many examples of schools sharing facilities and collaborating with each other on a range of areas. However, I expect to see much more of this going into the future.
“The publication of today’s report is a very important step in progressing this important piece of work and I would like to thank Paul Connolly, Dawn Purvis and PJ O’Grady for their hard work.
“I will wish to consider the findings of the report in detail before making decisions on the way ahead.”
In conclusion the Minister said: “I am committed to providing all children with an opportunity to experience shared education which I believe has the potential to deliver real educational benefits, to ensure best use of resources and to further community cohesion.”