Contested Spaces Programme

Title: Contested Spaces Programme
Funder: OFMDFM / Atlantic Philanthropies
Duration: April 2011 to March 2014
Value: £500,000

The Foyle Contested Space programme is a schools based initiative made up of 3 post-primary and 5 primary schools in Derry/Londonderry. The schools are Lisneal College, St. Cecilia's College, St. Mary's College, Ballougry Primary School, Ebrington Primary School, Lisnagelvin Primary School, Holy Child Primary School and St. John's Primary School.

The core aims of the programme involve offering sustained shared classes, focusing on a number of key areas which impact both on pupils and the community at large.  The eight schools share expertise, resources, space, pupils, energy and ideas. The significance lies in the size of the collaborative network, its cross phase nature and the key areas of need addressed.

These issues are addressed through a shared and collaborative approach in schools using the Personal Development and Mutual Understanding curriculum at Key Stage 2 and the Learning for Life and Work curriculum at Key Stage 3.  The pupils in all the schools come together on a weekly basis in their different uniforms and in each other’s schools learn about the very real issues that affect them and their community.  Pupils learn together about being safe online, the impact of social media, making informed choices, and adopting pro-social lifestyles. The Contested Space programme helps prepare children and young people for life in a vibrant 21st Century City.

The programme involves the harnessing of a collaborative network to identify multiple layers of need, enhance interdependence and lead to schools working together to create innovative solutions within a divided community.

Link to project website