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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.

We are now in Year 3 of our planned programme of work and the partnership continues to flourish and develop, underpinned by the commitment of the entire school communities.


Meet the team

New Row PS

Shared Education Coordinator: Mr M McIver (Acting: Mrs D Graffin)

Principal: Mrs D Graffin

Castledawson PS

Shared Education Coordinator: Mrs J Nelson

Principal: Mrs M McCusker

Some background to our Shared Education 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 focused on children in Key Stage 2 through the topics of Energy and The Olympics.

Year 2 saw more children and classes working together, each having 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

The aim is to increase engagement whilst enhancing the children's learning experiences.

The project is monitored by ETI (Education and Training Inspectorate) who evaluate the effectiveness of partnerships annually.


Latest Shared Education News

12th Nov 2018
We had a wonderful afternoon getting to know our shared education partners from Castledawson...

Our shared education project enters Year 3

New Row PS and Castledawson PS are now entering our third year of joint learning and shared experiences.

We are very excited about what the year ahead holds, with more classes getting involved in activities specifically designed to improve the children’s educational experiences.

Term 1

Y4: Shared Numeracy & problem-solving project (8 joint lessons)

Y7: MUST project (Speedwell trust, beginning with a teambuilding day to Parkanaur)

Y6: Visit to Woodhall for outdoor activities

Term 2:

Y5: All Set programme including a shared music & drama performance

Y6 & 7: Preparation of shared choir to perform at Peace Proms, Odyssey Arena

Y7: Shared Literacy and topic work (Titanic) (8 joint lessons)

Term 3:

Y3: Shared Outdoor Play sessions (4 joint sessions)

Y6: Fun Sports Day

As an additional aspect to our joint work, the teachers of CPS & NRPS will be working together to extend the work begun last year around Online Safety. This is a great opportunity for staff to develop their skills and share good practice. Building positive professional relationships can only benefit our children – whilst having a positive impact on the community.

Watch out for more information in our weekly newsletters, Twitter and website.

Definitely #bettertogether :)