There is no doubt many schools are facing an uncertain economic future as budget cuts begin to bite.

Already there are schools hundreds of thousands of pounds in the red and resources are going to get tighter over the next few years. Evidently schools will have to find innovative ways of stretching their funding and sharing resources between neighbouring facilities is one obvious initiative.

Two primary schools in Mid Ulster are showing the way. The tiny Church of Ireland and Catholic schools are sharing a teacher who takes joint classes in both schools. Anywhere else in the UK this would be remarkable only because of its common sense approach to a funding crisis. But here where schools are, for the main, rigidly segregated on religious grounds, it is almost regarded as a breakthrough.

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