The Sharing Classrooms: Deepening Learning SC:DL project is funded by the International Fund for Ireland (IFI) to work with teachers in the Area Learning Communities.
The project which is funded until 2013 provides professional development for teachers, who, as a result of Entitlement Framework (EF) collaboration arrangements between schools, teach classes comprised of students from different schools. As full implementation of the Entitlement Framework is required by 2015, the increasing movement of students between different schools and across sectors presents unprecedented opportunities for trust-building, community relations, reconciliation work and rich learning.
SC:DL is now offering bespoke support within 17 Area Learning Communities. The project manager and lead trainer consulted with interested ALCs and Learning partnerships during September and October, out of which a busy programme for training and support has emerged. An added bonus for teachers who complete SCDL training is formal accreditation and CAT points ( via Stranmillis and St Mary’s University College). SCDL training is also now mapped to teacher professional development portfolios through the GTCNI teacher competencies and also the Professional standards for Qualification in Headship.