HC Deb 28 April 1999 vol 330 cc188-9W
17. Helen Jones

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what steps she is taking to encourage links between schools in Great Britain and Northern Ireland. [81299]

Mr. McFall

Seventy six schools from Great Britain are involved with schools from Northern Ireland and other parts of Europe in a curriculum based European Studies project. These schools form cluster groups and work together on common projects to explore relationships within the United Kingdom and also both the Republic of Ireland and the rest of Europe.

The Department of Education Northern Ireland also funds the Warrington Project which has established a series of Northern Ireland/Republic of Ireland/Warrington links at primary school level and which aims to promote a 'whole school' approach to cross community activity through the curriculum.

The development of the National Grid for Learning will also enable all schools to have easier access to one another, through information technology.

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