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Area plan must mean all children enjoy 'enriching curriculum', says schools chief

CSSC chief executive Barry Mulholland

THE head of the body representing state schools has said area planning must lead to all children accessing "an enriching curriculum".

Six controlled schools have been identified by the EA as having sustainability issues.

Other controlled sector work streams include a proposed sixth form at Ballymoney High School while extra places will be sought for Edwards PS in Castlederg.

A review of Ballysillan, Ligoniel and Wheatfield primary schools in north Belfast will also be undertaken to "ensure school places are located as required".

Chief Executive of the Controlled Schools' Support Council Barry Mulholland welcomed the latest annual plan.

"It is important that children and young people throughout Northern Ireland are able to access an enriching curriculum that enables them to meet their potential," he said.

"Account also needs to be taken of accessibility and transport options, especially in rural communities.

"The Controlled Schools' Support Council will continue to contribute to the area planning discussions, highlighting the diversity and inclusivity of controlled schools and ensure that pupils are able to access controlled education that best meets their needs. Some controlled schools have already implemented shared education solutions, such as joint classes with other local schools, which widen curricular choice for pupils."

Meanwhile, fewer than 100 children now remain without a post-primary place for September.

A spike in the number of pupils starting post-primary this year means many schools are oversubscribed.

East Belfast (13) and east Derry (12) have the most unplaced children. Almost 24,000 have been placed.

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