This is a statement agreed between Educate Together and the Department of Education and Skills (DES):
“Educate Together and the Department of Education and Skills (DES) had a constructive meeting today concerning the case put forward by Educate Together in relation to enrolment levels in five schools which opened under the patronage divesting process.
Both parties reiterated their commitment to work together to increase diversity of school provision in line with the needs of the communities in these areas.
While it is acknowledged that this needs to be managed within the constraints of the accommodation that can be made available and having regard that these are areas of stable demographics, these schools, taking the above into account, can be facilitated to develop over time.
It is envisaged that the detailed response to the case submitted by Educate Together will issue from the DES next week.”