Home-school travel in a divided education system: at what cost?

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The provision of free transport to school was a key component of the system of free, compulsory education for all, introduced in England and Wales in 1944 and three years later in Northern Ireland (NI). This helped attendance for those children living relatively far away. This paper will analyse distances travelled in home-school transport in NI, both that provided centrally and personal modes of travelling to and from school, as well as the potential social, economic and
environmental impacts of the current level of school ‘choice’. It highlights that there are particular challenges in a divided system of education with schools fragmented by a selection process at age 11, by community affiliation and, sometimes, by gender.
Original languageEnglish
PublisherIntegrated Education Fund
Number of pages8
Publication statusPublished (in print/issue) - 23 Mar 2021


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