For nearly 200 years attempts have been made in Ireland to have Catholic and Protestant children educated together.
In 1831 Ireland became the first country in the English-speaking world to have a state-funded nationwide system of schools, the National schools. It was intended that the schools would be attended by both Catholic and Protestant children, with a separate time set aside for religious instruction according to the denomination of the pupils. However, by 1860, under pressure from the Churches, the system had become entirely denominational, with the schools run by the different Churches.
Latest BlogsA parents group fighting to retain post-primary education now plans to explore the option of integrated schooling.
Northern Ireland education system in dire straits, say teachers
Schools ‘struggling to pay for heating’
Changes to minibus driver rules ‘devastating for schools’
Declan Kearney of Sinn Fein throws out some challenging thoughts about tackling sectarianism
College students in Northern Ireland give us their take on current politics
NI school leaders in ‘budget crisis’ warning
Northern Irish schools are now facing ‘major and unrecoverable’ deficits
Nobel laureate Mairead Maguire: Concept of ‘just wars’ must be thrown out
Lots still to be done to meet demand for integrated education