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Long Tower Primary School, Derry

Shared Education

Shared Education has been a huge part of school life in Long Tower and Fountain Primary Schools for many years. We have been working together as a partnership for over 30 years, long before Shared Education was introduced in Northern Ireland. When Shared Education was announced we thought of no better way to get our school communities to engage with each other and signed up as partner schools, being located so close to each other was a massive bonus.

Shared Education aims to bring children from all different religious and socio-economic backgrounds, working together, working and co-operating for the benefit of everyone.

We share resources and work collaboratively to run a programme for the children in our schools, allowing them to form life-long friendships with peers they may not have the chance to meet otherwise.

Staff also play a huge role in Shared Education. Teachers from both schools spend time together to plan and deliver lessons they have designed for our children. Building good relations between staff is a key way in which we can show the children the many benefits of taking part in Shared Education. Sharing our resources and working together also allows us opportunities that we may not have as individual schools.

In our Shared Education lessons, we aim to promote equality, good relations, respect for identity, diversity and community cohesion. There are over 600 schools in Northern Ireland involved in Shared Education and we are proud to bring our schools together to work towards a better future for everyone.


Fountain Primary School


Latest Shared Education News

20th Feb 2024
Miss Guy's P2 class went on a visit to Mrs Cooke's P1/2 class from Fountain Primary...
20th Feb 2024
We welcomed a  visitor  to our school today as part of Diversity Day. Yang...
7th Feb 2024
Mrs Cooke's Primary 1/2 class took part in shared learning activities with Miss Guy's...

Long Tower Primary School


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This Year in Shared Education

This year we have an exciting programme of collaborative learning lessons that involves a class from P2, P4, P6 and P7 in the Long Tower being linked with a class from P1/2, P3/4 and P5/6/7 in Fountain Primary School. The Nursery classes will meet up in the second term. There will also be whole school initiatives such as “A Shared Education Certificate” that will be given out each month to a child who possesses qualities needed for this work such as respecting others, being co-operative, taking turns etc. The School Councillors in each school will have a key role and we hope to involve parents and develop our community links.