The Fermanagh Trust has welcomed the new circular issued by the Minister of Education John O’Dowd providing guidance on the establishment of jointly managed schools.
Director of the Fermanagh Trust Lauri McCusker said “The Fermanagh Trust welcomes the Minister’s guidance. Following meetings with the managing authorities and Department of Education officials in early 2012, some schools outlined the need for guidance and information on a range of shared education models to help support school communities prepare for the future. The release of this guidance on jointly managed schools by the Minister, with the support of the main churches is a very welcome development.’’
‘‘Representatives from the Transferor Representatives’ Council which represents the Church of Ireland, Presbyterian and Methodist Churches, and representatives of the Catholic Trustees have agreed on this new model of working together within the current legislative framework. This is potentially a very exciting development for those school communities interested in exploring closer collaboration and new governance structures. We look forward to the Department and new Education Authority working with school communities to develop the potential which this new model provides.” outlined Lauri
The circular (available on http://www.deni.gov.uk/index/support-and-development-2/jointly_managed_schools.htm ) provides information on key issues which stakeholders should consider and agree upon when planning to bring forward any proposal to establish a school of this type.
Speaking about this new measure, Minister O’Dowd said “This is an innovative and progressive step forward for local education. This solution complements other shared education initiatives and is an opportunity for local communities to develop new and forward-thinking approaches for educating children and young people.”