Comhairle na GaelscolaĆ­ochta

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Client Details:

Comhairle Na Gaelscolaiochta

Customer Name:Comhairle na GaelscolaĆ­ochta

Location:Northern Ireland

The Problem

Comhairle na Gaelscolaiochta (CnaG) was set up by the Department of Education in Northern Ireland with the aim of promoting, facilitating and encouraging Irish-medium education and Irish-medium schools in a planned, educationally efficient and cost effective way.

In their efforts to help promote Irish-medium education CnaG prepare detailed reports which provide a strategic assessment of the requirements for the Irish-medium education sector on a regional area basis.

For one such report, CnaG required a project specialist to assist in the preparation of a strategic assessment providing a detailed account of the arrangements required to meet the are planning requirements of the Irish-medium sector.

What We Did

Mallon Technology provided CnaG with a highly experienced GIS consultant. Through their experience they employed a GIS to carry out spatial analysis that would be used in the final report, to encapsulate the following:

  • Preparation of an area profile, outlining current Irish-medium provisions using robust and verifiable data
  • Examination of the current viability and future sustainability of existing provisions in line with the relevant Department of Education policies
  • Planning for the future needs of the Irish-medium education sector using robust verifiable data
  • Identification of any under or over provisions within the Irish-medium education sector, taking into account cross boundary flows
  • Identification of options to address under or over provisions within the Irish-medium education sector, taking account of cross boundary flows which deliver viable and sustainable schools
  • Production of an area plan of Irish-medium education provision to meet future demand

As part of the final report 50 maps were produced which detailed pupil distributions for all 5 education boards and individual Irish-medium schools, locations of available cross border schools, pupil travel routes, locations of available facilities and locations of any areas where a new school is needed.

The Benefits

  • Ability to view and examine pupil distribution for each board
  • The visualisation of data on a map gives facts and figures a greater impact
  • Bus routes and other travel options are easily viewable on a map
  • Ability to view potential feeder schools for primary and secondary education
  • Ability to view and examine population density around each school
  • Ability to view and examine potential locations for new schools
  • Creation and printing of highly detailed maps

Why us:

  • GIS expertise
  • GIS report writing experience
  • Experience in data capture
  • Experience in examining and documenting GIS trends
  • Experience in highly detailed map creation
  • Ability to produce high quality prints

Services we provided: