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“A Shared Future”

Volume 448: debated on Monday 3 July 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how the principles set out in “A Shared Future” were applied in (a) the Children and Young People Funding Package and (b) the rationalisation plans recently agreed by the South Eastern Education and Library Board. (77904)

The information is as follows:

(a) The principles of “A Shared Future” were applied in C&YPFP projects by: encouraging cross-sectoral clustering through extended schools; extending pre-school education; youth outreach to marginalized groups; and through cross-sectoral and cross-community arrangements in child protection.

(b) The rationalisation plans recently published by the SEELB, identify how the SEELB intends to manage its estate taking account of falling pupil numbers. The SEELB needs to develop these plans and any change in the provision of the schools involved will require the publication of a development proposal. As part of this process, the SEELB will be expected to take into account the principles set out in a shared future.