Convenor Update – SELF Contributes to Shared Education Seminar for CCEA Staff
I was delighted to be invited by CCEA to contribute to an Awareness Raising session for their staff on Shared Education on Wednesday 25th April. My presentation to them highlighted the challenge and opportunities which Shared Education poses for school leaders. You can take a look at the presentation by clicking into this link.
Thankfully, the Northern Ireland Curriculum provides a very strong foundation on which schools can develop Shared Education programmes and activities. I was encouraging them to think about how they could support school leaders and teachers, especially in respect of resources, and, or some training materials. to support learning activities which will promote deep engagement and enable young people to develop the skills and attitudes to live in and make a positive contribution to a culturally diverse society.
The group of 35 CCEA staff were extremely enthusiastic and very interested to hear about the work going on in our schools. Since the desired outcomes from Shared Education include both learning/achievement and reconciliation outcomes, discussion centred on how learning can be organised to promote relationship building between the young people, as well as to achieve the intended learning outcomes. Going forward, CCEA will be setting up a group who will audit the extent to which current curriculum support materials can assist teachers in planning and implementing high quality shared learning activities, as well as identify any gaps which need to be filled.
SELF looks forward to further consultation with its members so that we can make a useful contribution to how the Northern Ireland curriculum can best be used to provide great shared learning in our programmes.