Our education system is based on parental choice so if you do not currently have the choice of an integrated school in your area there are number things you could do:
- Find out where your nearest integrated school is and go and visit it. You will be able to see and feel what makes an integrated school different. Click here to find an integrated school near you.
- If your child is currently attending a nursery or a school ask the principal how the school ensures that it is truly inclusive of all faiths and none. If a school is in receipt of public monies then it has a duty to be meaningfully open to all.
- If you have a child who is currently attending a nursery or a school, find out if other parents might be interested in finding out more about transformation to integrated status. The transformation process can begin if at least 20% of parents submit a written request to the Board of Governors. To find out more about transformation and the grants currently available please click here.
- If you are involved in a local community group, find out what other people think about integrated and shared schools in your area. It may also be useful to explore whether you could carry out a short survey or community audit to find out the views of the wider community. Please contact our Public Affairs Manager, Karin Eyben, if you would like help with this.
- Write to the education authorities expressing your wish for an integrated school and asking for their advice and support. All schools can transform to integrated status. Please contact our Public Affairs Manager, Karin Eyben, if you would like help with this.
- Write a letter to your local paper expressing your wish for an integrated school to be established in your area and why. Please contact us for support.