Press Release

Committee examines Craigavon two-tier schools system

Session: 2007/2008

Date: Wednesday, 03 December 2008

Reference: EDU 02/08/09

The Committee for Education examined the Craigavon two-tier schools system at a public meeting today held in Portadown College. The Committee’s objective was to gain a practical understanding of the Craigavon system compared to other transfer systems.

Chairperson of the Committee for Education, Mervyn Storey MLA, said:

“The Committee for Education is keenly aware that essential decisions on a replacement transfer system will have to be made over the coming weeks. The Craigavon system is unique within Northern Ireland and the Committee is keen to learn from its challenges and successes.
“The Committee’s goal is to ensure that we have clarity and a transfer process which serves the needs of all our young people.”

The Committee heard evidence from representatives from schools operating within the two-tier system as well as from delegates from the Craigavon Learning Community.

Notes to Editors:

The Craigavon two tier plan (also referred to as the Dickson Plan) is a system in which the majority of pupils in the Craigavon Borough Council Area attend Junior High Schools (11-14 or 11-16) before transferring to Senior High Schools.

The public meeting is scheduled for Wednesday 3 December 2008 at 10.30 in Portadown College.

Those in attendance giving evidence include representatives from both Junior and Senior High Schools, as well as representatives from the Craigavon Learning Community.

The Committee for Education is committed to holding its meetings in local community settings on a regular basis to encourage stakeholder participation and engagement at a local level.

The Chairperson of the Committee is Mr Mervyn Storey MLA 
The Deputy Chairperson is Mr Dominic Bradley MLA

The Committee has a further nine members: 
Mrs Mary Bradley MLA 
Mr Trevor Lunn MLA 
Mr Nelson McCausland MLA 
Mr Basil McCrea MLA 
Miss Michelle McIlveen MLA 
Mr John O’Dowd MLA 
Ms Michelle O’Neill MLA 
Mr Edwin Poots MLA 
Mr Ken Robinson MLA

The Committee has a scrutiny, policy development and consultative role, and advises the Minister of Education directly on the policies of the Department.

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