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Inquiry into Successful Post - Primary Schools Serving Disadvantaged Communities
11 November 2010
KEY TO SCHOOL SUCCESS FOCUS OF COMMITTEE INQUIRY
The Northern Ireland Assembly Committee for Education has launched an Inquiry into Successful Post-Primary Schools Serving Disadvantaged Communities.
The aim of the Inquiry  is to look at examples of successful post-primary schools serving disadvantaged communities, to identify what makes these schools successful, and how similar success might be reproduced in other schools. The Inquiry will also consider underachievement in disadvantaged communities, including higher levels of underachievement of boys.
Launching the Inquiry, Chairperson of the Committee, Mr Mervyn Storey MLA said: “The Committee has already completed some very useful work on successful post-primary schools . From what we have seen effective school leadership and positive engagement with parents and the wider community are key to these schools’ success.”
The specific Terms of Reference for the Committee’s Inquiry can be viewed here, including how to submit written evidence to the Committee as part of this Inquiry.
Notes to Editors
 Aim of the Inquiry: “To consider examples of successful post-primary schools serving economically and socially disadvantaged communities, identify the key characteristics/factors which contribute to their success and consider how they can be reproduced in schools where they are lacking.”
 As part of its preliminary work the Committee visited Belfast Boys’ Model School on 29 September 2010 and a copy of the press release for that visit can be viewed at: http://archive.niassembly.gov.uk/education/2007mandate/press/2010/edu011011.htm
Mr. Mervyn Storey (Chairperson)
The Clerk to the Committee is John Simmons
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