John O’Dowd meets Welsh and Scottish Education Ministers to discuss areas for cooperation
Education Minister John O’Dowd has met with the Welsh and Scottish Education Ministers to discuss areas for cooperation, during a two day visit to Wales and Scotland this week.
Minister O’Dowd met with Welsh Government Minsters Huw Lewis, Minister for Education and Skills and Julie James, Deputy Minister for Skills and Technology to discuss a range of issues before making a visit to Fitzalan High School in Cardiff to see the nurture unit and extended school facilities.
Minister O’Dowd then went on to Scotland to meet with Angela Constance, Scotland’s Cabinet Secretary for Education and Lifelong Learning.Speaking during the visit, Minister O’Dowd said:
“The challenge faced by the Welsh and Scottish education systems are challenges that we face also. While my priority is to provide an education system that meets the needs of our young people, I do think there is value is sharing our experiences and understanding how others, in particular those with synergies to our own, are progressing on issues like the development of qualifications and the curriculum.
"In particular, tackling educational underachievement is a priority for me and I am keen to hear the views of others and benefit from any shared learning.
"My visit has identified some areas that might lend themselves to practical cooperation between the north of Ireland and Wales and Scotland and my officials will now take this forward.
“I would also like to thank the teachers and pupils at Fitzalan High School for their hospitality, in particular the nurture and extended school teams. Getting out to schools and meeting young people is the most enjoyable aspect of my job as Minister and it is always of interest to see how schools bring the curriculum to life within their classrooms.”