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Ashgrove PS and St Michael’s PS – Shared Education in action – a report by St Michael’s PS

It's not every day that you get to travel back in time to discover life in 1884 Ireland but that's exactly what Ashgrove PS and St Michael's PS did at Hillsborough Castle as part of their Shared Education Project last December.

Shared Education Benefitting both Pupils and Teachers

Hardy Memorial PS and St Patrick's PS Armagh have been sharing classes for almost two years.  Working together to plan and teach together, they've developed excellent relationships providing an extraordinary model for the pupils. 

The children made friends in face to face shared classes and sustained these relationships through online collaboration using G-suite.

For one of the Year groups, they used this blended approach to learning, exploring the World War 2 topic together. They also researched and found out more about cultural dances and learnt dances together during shared PE classes.

They also discussed this issues around online bullying during shared PDMU classes, linking some of the activities to Anti-bullying week.

During a recent On-Line collaboration TPL module, two teachers, Julie McClughan from Hardy Memorial PS, Richhill and Ashlene Smith, St Patrick's PS Armagh shared their learning from the previous online TPL module they attended and the work they did together as a result of the course.

They highlighted both the reconciliation and educational benefits for teachers and children involved, including: enhanced friendships and teamwork skills; learning new ICT skills; increase in confidence of both teachers and children; worthwhile activities done together; (not a ‘bolt on’) the ease of communication with and to each other and no additional costs incurred. 

They also referenced the links to DE’s Learning Leaders Strategy and the clear links they made to the UICT tasks.  The coordinating teachers plan to disseminate and transfer their learning and experiences to other staff members from both schools during shared staff training in May.

Millquarter and Groggan Shared Education Partnership - Building Bridges

Millquarter and Groggan Primary School, are located in rural areas between Toome and Randalstown and are five miles apart. We have been in formal partnership for three years but have established links long before then with both Principals working closely together since their appointments to each school.

Important Information Events

PEACE PLUS is a new EU cross-border programme that will contribute to a more prosperous and stable society in Northern Ireland and the Border Region of Ireland.

The programme will achieve this by funding activities that promote peace and reconciliation, and contribute to the cross-border economic and territorial development of the region. It will build upon previous PEACE and INTERREG Programmes.

We are seeking your input to help shape the content of this programme.

A series of information events are taking place between December 2019 and February 2020, running from 6pm-8pm, with registration from 5.30pm.

To register, click on one of the below links, which will lead you directly to EventBrite.

The stakeholder engagement process will start on 10 December 2019 and end on 25 February 2020. Full documentation, including a response form, will be made available on on 10 December 2019.

If you would like additional information please email [email protected]


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Extending Shared Education Activity in Dundalk School's Partnership

St Vincent’s Secondary School and Dundalk Grammar School have been collaborating in Shared Education for close to two years; sharing coding and music classes as well as taking on sign language.  To reach a wider community both within and beyond the two schools, this year they decided to look at more current affairs and topical issues and incorporate the debating clubs in both schools. 

Supported by their teachers and friends, on October 24 two debating teams each composed of pupils from both schools faced each other on a Brexit related topic.  Pat McCormick from Dundalk Institute of Technology and President of Dundalk Chamber of Commerce chaired the debate.  A follow up debate is planned in February on ‘Climate Change’ with the hope to elicit participation from other CASE schools. 


On October 16, Rosemary Dunne of St Mura’s NS, Buncrana, presented at the National Literacy and Numeracy Forum in Farmleigh House on the work she and her partner school St Boden’s NS are doing through Shared Education.

St. Joseph’s Slate St. & Blackmountain PS, Belfast CASE Shared Education Primary 6 workshop

Children in P6 participated in an African Drumming session and a Philosophy taster talk with Mr McAreavey, Head teacher in Holy Cross boys.  The children had great fun making music together on the djembe drums and learning about rhythm.  The feedback from the children was very positive and we look forward to bringing Philosophy into our school in the next academic year.  What is Philosophy for children?  Philosophical development is giving students the opportunity to practice and improve philosophising and the intellectual competencies involved in this, which have wider application in most, if not all subjects and becomes an important part of life-long learning.  Through the Shared Education programme we hope to equip the pupils and teachers involved in these life skills and equip them for future learning and experiences.

Creeslough National School and Cloughfin National School Science Open Days

As part of our shared education programme this year which focussed on STEM, we hosted two special Science open days, one in each school, hosting the children and staff from our partner school.

Shared Education Success at St Joseph’s and Drumhillery PS!

Schools celebrate a successful topic on the growth of Linen and it’s rich cultural and historical significance in their community.

Last modified: 27 January 2020