Whiteabbey Parents invited to discuss education as research shows local support for integration


A poll of parents in the Whiteabbey area has shown that most would like a school for their children which is openly welcoming to pupils from all sections of the community – and 77% of those expressing an opinion said they would support their local school becoming officially integrated.

Residents are now invited to meet and discuss the research at an informal event hosted by the Integrated Education Fund (IEF) in Whiteabbey on 27 November.

Whiteabbey Parents invited to discuss education as research shows local support for integrationThe IEF commissioned independent polling company LucidTalk to carry out a local micro- poll, which received responses from 194 parents living in or near Whiteabbey.  The survey, carried out to British Polling Council standards, asked parents to rate a list of factors from “very important” to “very unimportant” in terms of how they prioritised them when choosing a school.   It emerged that 77% say that a school being welcoming to all sections of the community is “important” or “very important”.

The full results from the poll will be presented at The White House, 34 Whitehouse Park, Newtownabbey  from 18.30 to 20.00 on 27 November and there will be opportunities to ask questions and to explore ways of increasing access to integrated school places.

The IEF and LucidTalk would be delighted to welcome as many Whiteabbey residents as possible at the event and hear your views. For seating and catering purposes, please let the IEF know if you’re planning to attend: Email: Jessica@ief.org.uk | Tel: 9069 4099