16 Oct

IEF pledges to raise £5m to help meet demand for integrated education

The Integrated Education Fund is committed to “opening minds to a united future”, and pledges to raise £5 million to underpin our campaign.

Baroness May Blood MBE, the IEF Campaign Chair, welcomed supporters, friends and guests to the launch of the Fund’s development plan at Clifton House in Belfast on October 16th. The plan sets out the aims and strategy of the charity for the next three years.

The document, entitled “Opening Minds” presents our vision for education reform and our strategy to support the growth of integrated education in response to public demand. (more…)

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16 Oct

Clintyclay PS hopes for integrated status dashed

The Minister for Education, John O’Dowd, has announced his decision to close Clintyclay Primary School from August 2015, rejecting a proposal to transform the rural County Tyrone school to integrated status. He has not completely ruled out integrated provision in the area for the future.

A statement from the Department of Education quoted the Minister as saying “The school’s long-term unsustainability also means that transformation to integrated status is not a feasible option. In making this decision I would emphasise that I am not suggesting that there is no demand for integrated provision in the area.” (more…)

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9 Oct

Party time as integrated schools celebrate significant birthdays

It’s been celebrations all round as many integrated schools celebrate major anniversaries this year.

Roe Valley IPS is marking its 10th birthday with a series of events including a party with plenty of food, games and entertainment at school. Bronagh Blair sat on the original steering group more than a decade ago and has been a Governor and a classroom assistant since Roe Valley IPS opened. She says “It’s been a busy ten years, with the enrolment growing from 12 pupils to 168. Every August we have a staff meeting and every year it gets bigger!” (more…)

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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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