School restructuring programme under discussion in Northern Ireland

coins in handsNorthern Ireland’s Education Authority is set to discuss a programme of school mergers and closures up to the year 2020.

A number of schools are not performing as they should and many are experiencing budget deficits, with 40 per cent of primary schools – and almost half of other schools being in the red.

Many schools have been judged as unsustainable after being assessed on criteria such as educational experience, enrolment trends, strong leadership, accessibility and strong links with the community – as well as pupil numbers.

The Education Minister, Peter Weir, said that the “current status quo is not an option,” reported the BBC. He continued, “…There are too many schools with too few pupils to generate sufficient funds to deliver the curriculum to an acceptable level.”

Read more here from BBC News
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-northern-ireland-37680586

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