27 Jan

Minister announces panel for review of integrated education in Northern Ireland

The Education Minister, John O’Dowd, has launched a review of integrated education, aiming to plan a pathway for future development.

Colm Cavanagh, the President of the NI Council for Integrated Education (NICIE) and Professor Margaret Topping of Queens University Belfast will form the review panel to consider submissions from the public and report back to the Minister.

The aim of the Review is “to make recommendations for structures and processes that support the effective planning, growth and development of a more integrated education system within a framework of viable and sustainable schools.” (more…)

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20 Jan

Killyleagh Primary School to become an integrated school

Killyleagh Primary School in County Down has been granted permission to become a controlled integrated school from September.

Commenting on the decision, Minister O’Dowd said: “I am approving this Development Proposal in line with my statutory duty to encourage and facilitate the development of integrated education. (more…)

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19 Jan

Churches back new chaplaincy at Hazelwood Integrated College

Hazelwood Integrated College welcomed senior local clergy to a service of dedication for the school’s new chaplaincy. Business studies teacher Reverend Trevor Kelly, who is ordained in the Church of Ireland, has taken on additional duties as chaplain at the centre, which has opened in the Graymount Building at Hazelwood IC. (more…)

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8 Jan

UNESCO Centre paper answers Minister’s challenge on reform of education system

Leading academics at Ulster University have set out a pathway for beginning structural reform of the education system. “A Review of Policy Areas Affecting Integration of the Education System in Northern Ireland” was produced by researchers at the UU UNESCO Centre and commissioned by the IEF. The work is being distributed just as the Education Minister challenged campaigners for education reform to show him how a more integrated system might be achieved. (more…)

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