The Programme will deliver on one of the strategic headline actions from the Executive's ‘Together: Building a United Community’ initiative announced by the First Minister and deputy First Minister in May 2013 – the commencement of 10 new Shared Education Campuses within the next 5 years.
The Programme is aimed at providing capital assistance to schools to facilitate and deliver the following types of sharing:
- Shared educational facilities – where new facilities are built to allow for shared educational use by all schools within the model.
- Enhanced educational facilities – where current facilities are improved to allow for shared educational use by all schools within the model.
- Shared Educational Campuses – where schools are co-located and share infrastructure.
Capital funding for the Programme has been secured under the Fresh Start to the Stormont House Agreement with £50m a year for 10 years for shared and integrated education announced on 23 March 2016.
First Call for Expressions of Interest
The first call for Expressions of Interest in the Programme ran from January to March 2014. The then Minister announced the first 3 projects to be supported under the Programme on 1 July 2014.
Second Call for Expressions of Interest
The second call for Expressions of Interest ran from October 2014 to January 2015 and 2 projects were selected to proceed in planning on 23 March 2016.
Third Call for Expressions of Interest
The Third Call for Expressions of Interest opened on 20 September 2016.
Third Call Application Guidance is available on the Department's website at Shared Education Campuses Programme Third Call Application Guidance
Applications to the Programme can be made by completing the application form on the Department's website at Shared Education Campuses Programme Application Form Third Call
Information Sessions for interested schools, to provide guidance/clarification on the application process were held in early October 2016. Schools were advised of these separately.
The application form must be completed by project applicants and endorsed by the appropriate Managing and Planning Authorities and submitted via the Education Authority (EA). Applications not submitted via the EA will not be accepted by the Department. The EA (and CCMS where appropriate) will advise schools of the specific date, in December 2016, they require receipt of proposals to meet the Department’s deadline of 5pm on 27 January 2017.