The Sustainable Schools Policy was published in January 2009 following a public consultation. The policy has as its vision an estate of educationally sustainable schools planned on an area basis, with focus on sharing and collaboration. It provides a framework for early consideration of emerging problems and possible remedial action to address questions of viability. The primary objective of the policy is to ensure that all children get a first class education in fit for purpose facilities, regardless of background or where they live.
The policy sets out six criteria to be considered in assessing a school's educational viability, as follows:-
- Quality Educational Experience;
- Stable Enrolment Trends;
- Sound Financial Position;
- Strong Leadership and Management;
- Accessibility; and
- Strong Links with the Community.
Contact:Area Planning Policy Team Department of Education 4th Floor Rathgael House Bangor Co. Down BT19 7PR