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NI schools face restructure.

NI schools face restructure.

A new Irish language secondary school in Belfast has been mooted while 27 schools across Northern Ireland face the possibility of mergers due to sustainability issues, according to the Education Authority's latest annual plan.

 

The EA's 2018-19 Action Plan identifies challenges facing the entire education estate from nursery, primary, post-primary and special schools.

The report includes 70 work streams to be taken forward over the next year, including the expansion of some schools.

Ashfield Boys School in east Belfast, and Belfast Boys Model and Belfast Girls Model in the north of the city are to see an increase to their sixth form numbers.

There is also a proposal for the establishment of Autistic Spectrum Disorder Centres for children at Key Stage 1 and General Learning Support Centres for children at Key Stage 2.

Some of the other issues mentioned include the high demand for integrated education in the east Belfast and Castlereagh area, where Lagan College annually receives almost twice as many applications as it has available places.

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