Comment from Tina Merron, CEO Integrated Education Fund
Once again we have evidence of the public wish to see children of all communities educated together. LucidTalk carried out a micro-poll focussing on the views of parents within a 12-mile radius of Clintyclay Primary School in County Tyrone. This is the school which is challenging tradition as the first Catholic Maintained School to apply to become formally integrated through the Department of Education’s transformation process. This is the school which, having always played an important role in the local community, is one of the latest representatives of a citizen-led movement to create an education landscape which meets the needs and demands of local parents.
The results in support of integrated education should not surprise us; they echo the results of earlier, Northern Ireland-wide surveys which showed not only approval of the idea of integrated education, but also that almost 80% of parents would support their local school if it, like Clintyclay Primary and others, sought to transform to integrated status. (more…)Read More