Shared Education  
The Department of Education are committed to a process of encouraging schools across Northern Ireland to partner together more systematically. In particularly, they want schools that traditionally serve the protestant or catholic community to come together. 
 
The goals of developing these partnerships include: 
•Improving the standards of achievement of all our pupils; 
•Increasing the skills of staff in partnering schools; 
•Enhancing the use of resources of the schools involved; 
•To help children develop more friendships across the community; 
•To empower all stakeholders to be able to embrace diversity; 
•To impact community relations now and in the future. 
 
In March 2016 Carntall Primary School, St. Macartan's Primary School and Augher Central Primary School were delighted to receive funding for Shared Education for a three-year period. For us, the Shared Education Programme enables cross-sectoral collaborations to become an integral part of school life, creating enhanced educational and personal development opportunities for everyone involved. 
 
Our Journey So Far... 
 
Year 1- 
Following our acceptance onto the Shared Education Programme NI (SEPNI) in March of this year, our schools have been very busy planning and delivering an exciting series of events designed to enhance and enrich the children’s learning experiences whilst promoting collaboration. 
In addition to this, the Programme has provided the opportunity for staff to further develop their skills and expertise by sharing good practice and engaging in joint professional development. 
This year our programme began with the P1 and 2 children and was focused on developing the area of play based learning in the outdoors. 
 

Year 2- (2016/17) 
Following last year's success, we have endeavoured to plan and deliver an exciting programme of shared learning opportunities for all of the staff and pupils in our schools! 
 
In Term 1... 
We had joint whole school staff training in the use of Numicon as a tool to help with the teaching and learning associated with numeracy. Each of our schools purchased new numicon resources with the help of Shared Education.  
 
In September, we had a joint meeting of the Boards of Governors and Teachers of each of our three schools. The aim was to establish a shared vision for our approach to Shared Education. 
 
During Term 1, P3 & 4 enjoyed a fun packed programme of learning, focused on developing mathematics through the World Around Us topic of 'Transport'. Following an exciting introductory day in Augher CPS, the children worked in groups (composed of children from each school), travelling to a different school each week to participate in their shared learning. The programme also included a parents' participatory session and climaxed with a memorable train journey and trip to the Folk and Transport Museum. 
 
In Term 2... 
P1 & 2 participated in a fun packed scheme of work based on developing numeracy skills through play based learning. They enjoyed a fun introductory session at Carntall PS, followed by three shared learning experiences at each of the three schools. The programme was rounded off with a well attended parents' 'Stay and Play' session at Carntall PS and a fun filled trip to W5. 
 
P6 & 7 also participated in a shared learning programme this term, with a programme of study based on developing numeracy skills through active learning. Following a very enjoyable introductory session in St.Macartan's PS, the P6 & 7 pupils visited each of the participating schools, enjoying a practical, outdoor approach to learning. This programme ended with an educational trip to W5 where the children participated in a range of different skill based workshops. 
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