Shared Education Bill ‘a good first step’ says Rogers

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SDLP South Down MLA Seán Rogers has described the Assembly’s Shared Education Bill as a “good first step in truly meaningful shared education in the North.” rogers9Speaking at an Assembly debate, Rogers said that the SDLP is broadly supportive of the Bill. “It is clear for the SDLP that principles of shared education must be firmly embedded in the curriculum and that shared education should be deep, meaningful and sustained,” he said. “Our schools need to move more and more towards models of sharing; sharing expertise, resources, facilities and educational experiences. Shared education is about addressing educational underachievement and ensuring that children achieve their potential. “It is about children benefiting from learning together and embracing religious and cultural diversity which will benefit our society as a whole.  The Shared Educations debate is not just about sharing between Protestant and Catholic but to all section 75 groups,” the local MLA insisted. “The SDLP envisages that sharing education will lead to more diverse opportunities for our schools, children, teachers and for senior leadership in our schools. Shared education is a priority for society here. That can be delivered only by promoting a culture of mutual understanding of society here through a purposeful shared curriculum in Northern Ireland.” He added,“I hope that the Bill will help the Department to become strategic in relation to the delivery of shared education. A number of schools that have engaged in real sharing of resources have had funding cut as a result of an apparent link to the Key Stage assessment. That is entirely counterproductive and will make the transition to shared education much more difficult.”

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