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"More meaningful" engagement needed around Schools' Area Planning - McElduff

26 October, 2016 - by Barry McElduff

Sinn Féín MLA Barry McElduff has called for a "more meaningful" consultation about Area Planning for schools.

The Chair of the Education Committee said:

“The committee received a comprehensive presentation on Area Planning from the Department of Education, Education Authority and Council for Catholic Maintained Schools.

“While I accept that good educational outcomes are the key driver for this I would ask the Education Authority to release the research and evidence which supports the minister’s argument that composite classes of three year groups provide poor educational outcomes.

“I would also call on the Department of Education and the Education Authority to consult meaningfully not just not on the ‘Providing Pathways’ document and the individual school development proposals but also on local area plans.

“The Department needs to raise awareness for this consultation which closes on 12 December and would call on interested parties, school communities and parents to actively engage with the consultation.”

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