The IEF and LucidTalk presented results of a micro-poll of parental views in the Holywood area on Wednesday 17 October in Holywood Family Trust. The poll has shown that Holywood parents would like a school for their children which is openly welcoming to pupils from all sections of the community – and a massive 89% of those questioned said they would support their local school becoming integrated.
LucidTalk is an established incorporated company operating in the Northern Ireland, Ireland, and Great Britain marketplaces. It offers and provides market research and polling services to a wide range of clients including government, retail, social economy, and private sector organisations. They were commissioned to carry out this poll due to parental interest in integrated education in the area.
In summary the poll highlighted that 71% of parents of pre-primary school aged children are concerned that they not be able to access a place in a school of their choice. Parents felt that “Good educational standards” would be the most important factor when choosing a school. A school “reflecting a particular religious ethos” is the least important factor. The two top factors in terms of ‘saving money’ in the education system were ‘Reducing administration costs at management level’ and ‘merging small/undersubscribed schools’.
Parents and community representatives had a chance to ask questions to the IEF and Bill White, the founder of LucidTalk and discuss next steps regarding these findings. Due to the fact that 89% of parents would support their child’s school becoming integrated, parents requested that a parents group was set up in the area to explore the future of integrated provision for Primary School aged children. For more details on this, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
You can see full details of the poll here:
Register your support for your child’s school to become integrated at www.integratemyschool.com.
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