Sharing the Learning programme

Date published: 09 February 2023

Sharing the Learning facilitates the creation of a seamless education pathway for children and young people. The services delivered are designed to help break the cycle of disadvantage by delivering targeted interventions at a number of key levels of educational attainment.


Who delivers the programme?

West Belfast Partnership Board (WBPB) manages the Sharing the Learning Programme, which became operational in April 2016; this Programme is core to the education work developed and delivered by WBPB and has been supported by consecutive Minsters for Education.

What are the objectives of the programme?

Sharing the Learning has eight key objectives spanning a wide range of initiatives which encompass early years through to post primary provision.

  • Objective 1: To disseminate the WBPB education programme as a model of good practice in West Belfast and as a model of next practice in other geographical areas.
  • Objective 2: To work with Early Years and Nursery providers to support parents to ensure that they and their children are ready for children starting Nursery Schools
  • Objective 3: To support families and children in preparation for learning and making transition from Nursery to starting Primary School.
  • Objective 4: To increase the literacy and numeracy skills of Primary School children including through the provision and use of appropriate technology such as iPads.
  • Objective 5: To provide quality Literacy and Numeracy support and Family Learning through After Schools settings and to strengthen links between community and schools.
  • Objective 6: To provide support to pupils in P7 during the summer holidays to consolidate learning and increase confidence and self-esteem to ease transition to Year 8.
  • Objective 7: To provide literacy and numeracy support to Y8 – 10 pupils outside of normal school hours to address issues with attainment, engagement and attendance to enable pupils to reach their full potential, complementing the work in schools.
  • Objective 8: To increase the proportion of pupils with FSME achieving 5+ GCSEs A* - C including English and Maths, through provision of the annual Easter School and Saturday/Twilight supports.  

Service delivery and reports

The most recent Annual Reports and OBA Report Cards which seek to evaluate the impact of each programme can be accessed here:

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