23 Sep

Introducing our new Transforming Education magazine

Welcome to Transforming Education, a magazine for all schools, covering a range of issues relevant to parents, teachers and governors across Northern Ireland.

Education in Northern Ireland is undergoing a period of great change and this brings uncertainty but also massive opportunity. We all, as stakeholders, have the interests of schools and pupils at heart and anything which helps to widen awareness and broaden debate around issues concerning education can only serve to improve the way the service is designed and delivered. (more…)

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23 Sep

An interview with the Education Minister John O’Dowd

Education Minister John O’Dowd says that parent power can shape the education system and acknowledges that the process of change could be better publicised: “People need to know change is possible, and they need to be encouraged to act” he told the IEF. The Minister spoke to the Fund for our Transforming Education magazine. This is a longer version of the interview:

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18 Sep

Where there’s a will there’s a way to help the Integrated Education Fund says Tim McGarry

Comic Tim McGarry joined the Integrated Education Fund and legal experts in urging supporters to plan for the future, when he launched the charity’s legacy giving scheme at the offices of solicitors Cleaver Fulton Rankin in Belfast.

Setting out the Fund’s vision of a united community where young people of all traditions and backgrounds learn, play and grow together in the same classrooms, IEF Chair Marie Cowan encouraged donors to include the charity’s work in their will. Marie said “A legacy to the IEF is a message to future generations that we care about building a truly united community for those who come after us. Supporters who leave us gifts in their will believe passionately in our work – and trust us to use their gift with care and sensitivity.” (more…)

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15 Sep

James Nesbitt launches the Integrated Education Alumni Association

Past pupils of integrated schools in Northern Ireland were joined by Northern Irish actor James Nesbitt at a special reception in London (11th Sept) to celebrate the launch of the Integrated Education Alumni Association. This event, at The King’s Head in Shoreditch, brought together former pupils of integrated schools who are now living in London and are passionate about the cause of integrated education. (more…)

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12 Sep

Streamlining or segregating? – Latest plans for NI education

The Education Minister, John O’Dowd, has announced that the Executive has agreed to move forward with the establishment of a single Education and Library Board as part of the Department of Education’s urgent mission to streamline administration of the service.

The single Board replaces the proposed Education and Skills Authority (ESA) which was to have brought all sectors together to deliver education across Northern Ireland. However, after the Executive failed to reach agreement on the form and structure of ESA, the Minister was forced to find an alternative as part of the government’s commitment to reform of public administration.

Alongside the new ELB, there will be a new body to represent the interests of the Controlled sector. There has been no announcement as yet as to the makeup of this body but it is understood it will include members of the Protestant churches’ Transferors Representatives Council. (more…)

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