4 Jun

Just over 5% of primary school children attend integrated schools

Just over 5% of primary school children attend integrated schoolsThe low levels of pupils attending integrated schooling in Northern Ireland have been revealed in figures obtained by Downtown/Cool FM.

The lowest level is in primary schools – with only 5.9% of pupils attending integrated schooling.

That figure has increased from previous years – but only by 0.2 percent over the past two years.

There’s a total of 183,453 primary school aged pupils, and of that, only 10,894 attend schools that are legally classed integrated.

https://planetradio.co.uk/cool-fm/local/news/revealed-just-over-5-of-primary-school-children-attend-integrated-schools/

22 May

Pupils in secondary schools with a more diverse racial mix are much more positive about people of different ethnicities, say researchers.

Pupils in secondary schools with a more diverse racial mix are much more positive about people of different ethnicities, say researchers.Pupils in secondary schools with a more diverse racial mix are much more positive about people of different ethnicities, say researchers.

The more mixed the school, the warmer feelings pupils are likely to have towards other races and ethnicities.

The study – from the London School of Economics and the University of Bristol – looked at the attitudes of 4,000 teenagers in English state schools.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-44196646#

22 May

More than 60 NI schools lose funding to run breakfast clubs

More than 60 NI schools lose funding to run breakfast clubsMore than 60 schools in Northern Ireland have lost funding to run schemes for disadvantaged children in 2018/19.

The money helps to run breakfast and homework clubs and parenting support.

The Department of Education (DE) said the 63 schools no longer met the extended schools programme’s criteria.

It is now using an updated measure of deprivation, which it said represents “a more up-to-date and accurate picture of deprivation” across NI.

The extended schools scheme, which was set up in 2006, gives schools in relatively disadvantaged areas some extra money.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-northern-ireland-44198553

16 May

Education bodies to work together to support state schools

Education bodies to work together to support state schoolsTwo education bodies have signed an agreement to work together to benefit state schools.

The Controlled Schools’ Support Council (CSSC) and Education Authority (EA) affirmed their collaborative approach to partnership working by publishing a memorandum of understanding (MoU).

The MoU sets out a framework for the two organisations to work together for the interests of controlled schools.

CSSC Chief Executive Barry Mulholland said he was delighted.

“As EA is the managing authority for the 558 schools that CSSC represents, it is critical that we work closely together on areas of mutual interest for controlled nursery, special, primary and post-primary schools,”

http://www.irishnews.com/news/educationnews/2018/05/16/news/education-bodies-to-work-together-to-support-state-schools-1329605/

16 May

Carl Frampton, World Champion Boxer Made Dreams Come True for Hundreds of Children in Integrated Schools

Carl Frampton, World Champion Boxer Made Dreams Come True for Hundreds of Children in Integrated Schools

The Northern Ireland Council for Integrated Education (NICIE) was delighted to take Carl “The Jackal” Frampton, World Champion Boxer and NICIE patron on a whistle stop tour of integrated schools this week.

Carl made dreams come true for hundreds of children when he visited Cranmore Integrated Primary School in South Belfast, Cliftonville Integrated Primary School and Hazelwood Integrated College, both in his native North Belfast, before finishing the day in one of the newest integrated schools, Mallusk Integrated Primary School.

https://lovebelfast.co.uk/carl-frampton-visits-intergrated-schools/


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