The Sustainable Schools Policy was published in January 2009 following a public consultation.

Sustainable schools policy

The policy has as its vision an estate of educationally sustainable schools planned on an area basis, with focus on sharing and collaboration. It provides a framework for early consideration of emerging problems and possible remedial action to address questions of viability. The primary objective of the policy is to ensure that all children get a first class education in fit for purpose facilities, regardless of background or where they live.


The policy sets out six criteria to be considered in assessing a school's educational viability, as follows:-

  • quality educational experience
  • stable enrolment trends
  • sound financial position
  • strong leadership and management
  • accessibility
  • strong links with the community

Policy document

The sustainable schools policy is available on the Department's website at Schools for the future - A policy for sustainable schools

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