SIF: Community Education Project


November 2016 - March 2019 

The Community Education Programme is funded by The Executive Office as part of the Social Investment Fund until March 2019. It is targeted at children, young people and their parents who are living in the following area s – Ballymacarrett, The Mount, Island, Sydenham, Tullycarnett, Ballybeen, Cregagh, Bloomfield and Knocknagoney.


Have a look at this map for SOA Areas 




Arranging family learning visits to places like W5, the Titanic Centre and our Museums where children can discover ‘The World About Us’ which is a key strand of the curriculum.


Facilitating Outdoor Learning events where children can take their learning outside.


Provide free tuition for our GCSE students who are sitting exams in English and Maths – some of this will take place in schools as part of our ‘Twilight Revision’ programme, some in their local communities at designated centres and a more intense block of tuition with an Easter School for over four days.


Children who are at risk of falling behind in their literacy and numeracy skills will be offered extra support outside school hours – complementing what their teachers can do in class. This will have a couple of elements - specialist one to one support provided in a local community centre/homework club and weekend/holiday initiatives to promote literacy and numeracy. 


We will train 80 people to take part in our Reading Partnership – They can be classroom assistants, parents and volunteers trained to provide reading support for individual children – helping the children and the adults involved to build their skills. 


We will recruit 30 volunteer mentors for young people in the post-primary sector – people who can provide guidance for students and their families; helping them make good exam subject choices and learn more about their career options.


In the next school year we plan to support a programme for parents that helps them understand how to support their children’s reading using phonics.

Other opportunities are planned to support parents, these will be developed in consultation with them - to best reflect what they need to become more confident in helping their children enjoy school.  


Providing up to 30 bursaries towards a Level 5 Diploma in Childcare related course early years providers working or living in the SOA areas.



If you think you can help by training as Reading Partner, acting as a volunteer mentor or helping out in an after schools or family learning programme please get in touch.

Additionally, if you think we can support your child in literacy and numeracy or GCSE revision please let contact us directly.


Tel: 02890451900






Previous Projects.....


Community Education Initiatives Programme 2014 - 2015


East Belfast Partnership received almost £139,000 from the Department of Education under the Community Education Initiatives Programme from January 2014 until March 2015.


While this was a very challenging time frame for developing a programme that could truly attempt to develop partnership working between schools and communities we managed to achieve much more that we anticipated.


Given that schools were more 'ready' to support initiatives, the focus was developing programmes that, while school based, offered new opportunities to involve parents. We took some of our ideas from what was then an emerging Eastside Learning Partnership - activities based around around transition and the use of technology in the primary schools.


Six 6 post primary and 7 primary schools serving some of our most disadvantaged​ areas, outlined by DE were involved, and the programmes delivered are summarised below:


·         Easter Revision Classes for GCSE English and Maths students

·         Family Learning Visits to Titanic Belfast, W5 and Belfast Zoo

·         Literacy Programmes in schools

·         GCSE Revision Classes in schools

·         Parenting Courses

·         Moving Image Arts Programme for P6 classes

To find out more about EastSide Learning Partnership plans for Education in East Belfast please download the recently launched Education Framework