HM Treasury

Friday 23 Nov 2018

£66 million for shared and integrated education in Northern Ireland

  • Chancellor announces £66 million of immediate funding for 23 schools on visit to Northern Ireland
  • Over £300m of funding could provide 2,200 more places at shared and integrated schools
  • He will also meet local businesses to discuss how the government’s Budget will support them

Pupils at shared and integrated schools across Northern Ireland will benefit from £66 million of immediate funding for capital projects at 23 schools, the Chancellor announced during a visit today (Friday 23 November). 

Additionally, a further £160m of projects at 13 previously announced shared and integrated schools will progress through to design and construction phases - once they’ve passed a final value for money assessment. Some £76m of other school projects have also been identified as suitable for funding and will now begin developing proposals.    

The funding helps schools in Northern Ireland, that teach children from different faiths and backgrounds, expand and take on more pupils. The Chancellor announced in the Budget that shared and integrated schools would benefit from over £300 million in funding, which could boost the number in these schools by 2,200.

The Chancellor will visit one of the schools benefitting from the funding where he will meet pupils and teachers.

The Chancellor of the Exchequer, Philip Hammond, said:

“The UK Government is backing these vitally important schools so they can offer a shared education to more children across Northern Ireland.

“Northern Ireland’s economy is powering ahead and the UK Government is committed to supporting a bright, shared future, helping more young people here to achieve their full potential.”

Today’s announcement builds on the UK Government’s support for Northern Ireland’s education system, infrastructure and economy. Northern Ireland has seen the fastest productivity growth since 2010 in the UK. The Budget announced £350m for a Belfast City Region Deal and opened negotiations for a Derry/Londonderry and Strabane City Region Deal.

Later in the visit, the Chancellor will meet small businesses at an event organised by the Federation of Small Businesses. He will discuss the recently announced budget measures that support growth and investment - and what more the government can do to support entrepreneurs.

The Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, Karen Bradley, said:

"I am delighted that the Chancellor has delivered £300 million for shared and integrated education in Northern Ireland. This is a huge boost for young people and will help break down barriers and overcome divisions in society.

"The UK Government is delivering on our commitment in the Stormont House and Fresh Start agreements to help build a shared, inclusive future for Northern Ireland."

Notes to Editors

  1. Today’s £66 million additional funding is from The Fresh Start and Stormont House Agreements to provide up to £500 million for shared and integrated education and shared housing. In June 2018, the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland announced £140 million for the Strule Shared Education Campus in Omagh – the biggest schools project in Northern Ireland encompassing six new schools. This builds on an initial £43 million announced in March 2016.

2. The £66m additional funding referred to above ensures progression of the on-going capital projects at the schools listed below:

  • Drumlins IPS;
  • Braidside IPS;
  • Roe Valley IPS;
  • Rowandale IPS;
  • Millennium IPS#;
  • Mill Strand IPS#;
  • Phoenix IPS#;
  • Fort Hill CIPS#;
  • Forge CIPS;
  • Enniskillen IPS;
  • Bangor Central CIPS#;
  • New-Bridge IC#;
  • Shimna IC#;
  • Ulidia IC#;
  • North Coast IC*#;
  • Fort Hill IC#;
  • Priory IC#;
  • Strangford IC;
  • Moy Shared Education Campus (SEC);
  • Limavady SEC;
  • Ballycastle SEC;
  • Duneane/Moneynick SEC#;
  • Brookeborough SEC#.

*Subject to the outcome of schools’ area planning considerations.

# Planning Costs

  1. The £160m of projects progressing towards the next stage of approval includes:
  • Millennium IPS;
  • Mill Strand IPS;
  • Phoenix IPS;
  • Fort Hill CIPS;
  • Bangor Central CIPS
  • New-Bridge IC;
  • Shimna IC;
  • Ulidia IC;
  • North Coast IC*;
  • Fort Hill IC;
  • Priory IC;
  • Duneane/Moneynick SEC;
  • Brookeborough SEC.
  1. £76m worth of projects identified as suitable for Fresh Start Agreement funding and now developing proposals includes:
  • Integrated College Dungannon;
  • Hazelwood Integrated College;
  • Slemish Integrated College;
  • Drumragh Integrated College;
  • Parkhall Integrated College (provision of 6th form accommodation)

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