draft Strategic Area Plan 2 (2022-27)

Area planning aims to establish a network of viable schools that are of the right type, the right size, located in the right place, and have a focus on raising standards. 

The challenges include reducing or increasing the number of available places in schools, matching provision to population trends, addressing school provision which is not sustainable, and improving the quality of provision.

The Department of Education approved an extension of the current Area Planning strategy Providing Pathways for two further years to 2022; to allow a robust and comprehensive review of the Plan to be undertaken, to identify the lessons learned and to seek the views, needs and expectations of stakeholders and wider community. The review will also help inform the next Strategic Area Plan from 2022-2027 and it is essential that stakeholders influence this plan.

The Education Authority working with the Council for Catholic Maintained Schools and Sectoral Support bodies would welcome your views.  A series of virtual engagement sessions are planned for October 2021.  In addition to the engagement sessions, we would welcome your comments on the Response Form to the following questions using the link provided:

Providing Pathways - Strategic Area Plan for School Provision 2017-2020 (extended to 2022)

  • How aware are you of the Strategy?
  • What has worked?
  • What has not worked?
  • What would you like to see in a Strategic Area Plan 2?

Following the outcome of these initial engagements/responses a draft Strategic Area Plan 2 will be developed and this will go to public consultation in January 2022.

Last updated: 08/10/2021