Funding for delivery of ‘Entitlement Framework’ for all pupils

28 02 2013


Ballycastle SDLP Councillor Dónal Cunningham has welcomed the announcement of an additional £9.9million is to be made available to Post Primary Schools to help them meet the extra costs involved in planning and delivering the Entitlement Framework of subjects for all pupils.

Councillor Cunningham said,

“The Entitlement Framework is the post 14 curriculum which aims to provide access for pupils to a broad and balanced curriculum to enable them to reach their full potential no matter which school they attend or where they live.”

“Schools fully support the requirement to offer greater breadth and balance in the courses and pathways available to young people as a key contributor to the overall goal of raising standards and reducing the levels of educational underachievement that currently exist.”

“However the pressures of planning and delivering a statutory number of subjects under the Entitlement Framework has not been easy, the announcement by the Department will go some way to making the delivery somewhat easier”

Ballycastle Schools a template for partnership

27 10 2012


Responding to the NEELB Strategic Area Plan Consultation, Ballycastle SDLP Councillor Dónal Cunningham applauded the long standing  level of collaboration and  co-operation between Cross and Passion College and Ballycastle High School.

 “I am confident that this level of co-operation and partnership can be built upon within the Area Learning Partnership, and that both schools will continue to work together to meet the needs of all their pupils delivering the statutory curriculum which includes the Entitlement Framework”

 “I have no doubt and there is strong evidence that this co-operation enhances the quality and range of provision and raises and improves standards. “

 “As well as improving education standards, co-operation between the two schools has had a very positive impact socially in terms of friendships and community cohesion and provides the template for other areas “

 “Both school campuses require Capital Investment from the Department which if given priority would serve to maximise the use and sharing of existing school estate”

 “Ballycastle can look to the future in the confidence that they have two strong all ability post primary schools, each with their own identity and ethos, but willing to share resources and facilities in order to provide a top quality post primary experience ”