CASE Collaboration and Sharing in Education

Shared Education enables schools from different sectors to work in partnership to provide opportunities for pupils, staff and community to engage in collaborative and meaningful learning experiences. The Education Authority (EA) has been working with its partner Léargas since September 2017 to deliver the Collaboration and Sharing in Education Project, funded under the PEACE IV programme to the amount of €28.9 million. This project is supported by the European Union's PEACE Programme, managed by the Special EU Programme Body.

About CASE

CASE aims to build a culture of good relations amongst children and young people in a school based setting. Delivery is through the provision of direct, sustained, curricular-based contact between children and teachers from all backgrounds.

Through working in partnership, the participating schools will promote community cohesion, enhance educational outcomes for all pupils and provide shared professional development. CASE is open to all schools in the six Border Counties of Ireland and schools in Northern Ireland which are not currently involved in the DSC Signature Project for Shared Education.

This project is supported by the European Union's PEACE Programme, managed by the Special EU Programme Body.

Sharing through play

Teacher Professional Learning (TPL) programme

This consists of a suite of short courses covering a range of strategic areas to help develop collaborative working practices and support school improvement.

The provision of a Teacher Professional Learning (TPL) programme for school-based staff is a specific element of the CASE Project. Its aim is to provide teachers and school leaders with a clear learning framework that will enhance the skills, capacity and confidence needed to embed effective practice in Shared Education.

During 2019/20 up to 8 different CASE modules will be delivered each term; all suitable for audiences comprising NI teachers and ROI teachers.

The modules will take place over a 3 day period, 2 days back-to-back with a follow-up day approximately 4 -6 weeks later. As part of each module teachers will jointly undertake a short partnership-based learning exercise designed to enhance collaborative working and encourage professional dialogue.  Each module is designed to reflect a blend of research-based theory and practical classroom content.

All teachers in schools involved in the CASE Project are eligible to participate in the TPL programme.

Registration for all courses will be released in early September and further details are available from school principals and CASE Link teachers.





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What Shared Education Means

  • Shared education means the education together of -

    those of different religious belief, including reasonable numbers of both Protestant and Roman Catholic children or young persons; and
    those who are experiencing socio-economic deprivation and those who are not, which is secured by the working together and co-operation of two or more relevant providers.

    A “relevant provider” means a person providing education at a grant-aided school, or services of any kind (including youth services) which provide educational benefit to children or young persons.

Who's involved in CASE