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Proposals for shared education in Northern Ireland revealed

By Rebecca Black

Education Minister John O'Dowd has announced proposals aimed at getting every child in Northern Ireland involved with shared education projects.

His plan, Sharing Works: A Policy For Shared Education, includes schools, nurseries and youth clubs and is expected to be introduced to the Assembly later this year.

Mr O'Dowd said he believed more sharing would lead to better educational provision. "Key features of high-performing education systems are equality and inclusion promoted through shared education," he added.

"My vision is of self-improving educational communities delivering benefits to learners and promoting equality of opportunity and cohesion".

Last year three projects were chosen for shared campuses. They were: Moy Primary School and St John's Catholic Primary in Moy; St Mary's High, Limavady, and Limavady High School; and Ballycastle High and Cross and Passion College.

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