Where 3 or more schools in the same geographical area wish to form a cluster, each of the schools in the cluster will be entitled to a cluster allocation equivalent to 40% of their core allocation. Clusters must be geographic and if possible should be cross phase and, ideally, cross sector. All schools in the cluster must demonstrate partnership working with the other schools. This can be achieved by, for example:
- opening up after school provision to pupils in other schools within the cluster;
- sharing of resources;
- joint working on specific activities;
- single point of delivery for whole cluster activities ‘Enhanced Community Activity'.
A joint action plan should be compiled listing these activities and individual action plans compiled by the school identified with responsibility for the action.
Schools not being funded under this programme may nevertheless join a cluster subject to the approval of the Extended Schools Project Board which will take into account the views of the other schools in the cluster. They will then be a participating member contributing their own resources or expertise.
Schools that are participating in clusters are advised to download the document provided below which will support you in developing the effectiveness of your cluster activities.
Further information can also be obtained from Northern Ireland Extended Schools Information System