Shared Education

Shared Education Armagh

The Royal School Shared Education Coordinator is Mr. Gareth Beggs. Currently the school has two on-going projects under the Shared Education Initiative.

Firstly, collaborating with St Ronan’s College, Lurgan in a Together Building a United Community scheme. Ten Year 9 pupils along with two Yr13/14 mentors are taking part in a variety of tasks involving understanding Identity and Cultural Awareness through Sport and Outdoor Activities.

Secondly, Shared Education in Armagh (involving the Royal School, St Patricks GS, St Catherine’s College and the City of Armagh HS) allows pupils to collaborate over a variety of events such as GCSE, A Level and BTech Subjects, Literacy and Numeracy Events, Sporting Events, Media Based Projects and School Leadership Professional Development.

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Origins of Shared Education

Shared Education Act (Northern Ireland) 2016

The purpose of the Act is to make legislative provision in relation to Shared Education. As well as providing a definition of the core minimum requirements of Shared Education, the Act places a duty on the Department of Education and the Education Authority to encourage, facilitate and promote Shared Education. The Act also provides a power to relevant arms length bodies to encourage and facilitate Shared Education.

Shared Education Policy

“Sharing Works – A Policy for Shared Education” sets out the background and development of Shared Education. The policy provides a practical description of how Shared Education works in practice and encourages education settings to go beyond the minimum core definition to address the needs of all groups as set out in Section 75 of the 1998 NI Act

Shared Education Self Evaluation Frameworks

Schools are at different starting points along a continuum in respect of Shared Education. For some, they are beginning their journey while others are embedding high quality Shared Education experiences for their pupils. Drawing on good practice, the Education & Training Inspectorate has developed Frameworks for Collaboration that should be used to self-assess the extent and quality of Shared Education provision. The frameworks can further assist the development of action plans to facilitate the development and embedding of Shared Education in relevant educational settings.