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Community Use of School Premises: A Guidance Toolkit for Schools


Department of Education Northern Ireland (DENI)

Subject Keywords: School building, Environment
Type: Guideline
Region: Northern Ireland

The Department, working alongside a joint Working Group led by the Council for Catholic Maintained Schools (CCMS) and the Education and Library Boards (ELBs), with input from other key stakeholders, has developed a set of operational guidelines to help schools enhance the community use of their premises.

This "Guidance Toolkit" has been designed to encourage those schools, especially those who may not currently open their doors, to realise the benefits of making school premises available for use by the local community, provide the necessary advice and assistance to school leaders in dealing with the practical issues involved and to disemminate good practice examples of schools who already successfully provide community access to their facilties.

The primary aim is that the guidance document will help schools to overcome any perceived barriers associated with wider use thereby enhancing levels of community engagement and enabling all schools to more readily meet the needs of pupils, parents, families and the communtities they serve.



Rights: © Crown copyright
Suggested citation:

Department of Education Northern Ireland (DENI). (2012) Community Use of School Premises: A Guidance Toolkit for Schools [Online]. Available from: [Accessed: 20th August 2019].


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