ESA Bill needs to support “Shared Education”

12 04 2013

ballycastle schools

Ballycastle SDLP Councillor Dónal Cunningham called for the inclusion of support for shared education in the ESA Bill which is to be introduced by the Assembly.

 The Councillor continued: “This Bill which will fundamentally change the education system needs to provide the framework for a system of education that offers young people the best chance of fulfilling their potential.

 “In Ballycastle we can see the positive effects of how well the two all ability post primary schools, Cross and Passion College and Ballycastle High School co-operate  and can offer a wider range of subject choice, facilities and expertise while at the same time are able to retain and celebrate their own community identity and ethos.

 “Indeed  Ballycastle is leading the way in terms of working together to develop new means of providing educational pathways for children and young people, it is in the fostering of these types of links that schools should be encouraged and supported by the Department for Education and in particular the ESA Bill.”