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Cross-border education survey launched

By Lindsay Fergus

A major survey to determine the level of parental demand for cross-border education and to help future planning of the schools’ estate begins next week.

Conducted by the Department of Education and the Department of Education and Skills in the Republic, it aims to gauge the level of demand among parents in securing a place for their child at a school in the other jurisdiction.

More than 12,000 parents living in Northern Ireland — residing within six miles of the border who have children in primary school as well as households within 12 miles of the border who have children at a post primary — will be asked for their views. They have until November 16 to reply.

In the 2011/12 school year just over 400 children with addresses in the Republic were at Northern Ireland’s schools.

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