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Breaking Small Schools News!

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Four rural primary schools have closure plans postponed

“Four small rural primary schools, including one with 13 pupils, will stay open for another academic year after plans to close them were postponed.” – Julian Fowler & Elaine Mitchell – BBC News NI

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The decision to close schools usually comes down to money. But the experience is far more emotional.

It can happen fast! If you hear anything in regards to school closures, act fast… “I didn’t expect it would happen this quick,” said Superintendent Kevin Siers.

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Elly Foster: The threat to our small schools

I knew all the children in the school, knew their parents too, could spot an upset child in the playground and give extra attention, knowing a mother was undergoing chemotherapy or a dog had died. A small school is like an extended family where children can feel safe.”

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What if school doesn’t fit my kid?

There is a place where each young person can find their fit and thrive. The process is a bit like being in a dark room — the hard part isn’t turning on the light, it’s finding the switch.” – The Howard Gardner School

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Annotated Bibliography

By way of introduction, this document can be used by all Small School Advocates along with our “Size of A Small School” article for all people interested in conducting research or literature reviews as they develop the best information about small schools. These are great resources for all those developing speeches, blogs, and articles on small schools.

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