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New Row Primary School,Castledawson

Shared Education


We are very proud of our links with Castledawson Primary School and how they enhance the children’s experiences – both inside and outside school.

2015-16 was a very special year as we embarked on a new joint 3-year programme funded by Shared Education Signature Project, overseen by ETI. Staff work together to plan, team-teach and evaluate learning across the curriculum to enhance coverage for every child in both schools, particularly the areas of PDMU, The World Around Us and The Arts. The local area is utilised to the maximum to ensure the children realise the commonalities between their past, present and futures.


Latest Shared Education News

4th Jul 2017
Year 7 visited the Salmon Research Agency in Bushmills with our partners from Castledawson...
4th Jul 2017
On 24th May, as part of the Shared Education programme between New Row and Castledawson...
3rd Jul 2017
Year 7 recently visited Castledawson Primary School to witness a first viewing of...

Launch of Shared Education Signature Project

Shared Education Coordinators & Principals from both schools involved
Shared Education Coordinators & Principals from both schools involved

Children from Castledawson Primary School and New Row Primary School will be working together in partnership through the Shared Education Project.
“Shared Education involves the provision of opportunities for children and young people from different community backgrounds to learn together.” (Education and Training Inspectorate)
The focus is to build upon the already existing relationship between the two schools and to progress to the next level where the main focus is on raising standards in teaching and learning.
The children from both schools will be involved in a series of shared lessons, with the initial phase running from April to June 2016. The aims of the programme will be to develop friendships and promote learning through PDMU, Literacy, Numeracy, World Around Us, PE and Art activities using a shared class approach. The children will also be exploring personal attributes, similarities and differences as part of the Northern Ireland Curriculum. This is a three year project which will allow the two schools to share good practice and expertise and to plan and deliver lessons together.
In this first year the project focuses on children in Key Stage 2 through the topics of Energy and The Olympics, with the intention to include all classes over the next two years.


Moving on...Year 2 of our shared education project

We are excited about the second year of our new project .  This year, more classes will be involved and they will each have a different learning focus.

  • Year 7-Numeracy including financial capabilities with Y6/7 from CPS
  • Year 4-Literacy (writing) with Y4/5 from CPS
  • Y6-PE & Numeracy (data handling) mini-topic with Y6/7 from CPS

Watch this space for more news and information as the year unfolds!