22 Aug

Pioneers explore integration at two primary schools

Clintyclay Primary School in County Tyrone is the first school in Northern Ireland’s Catholic Maintained sector to seek to become formally integrated. The Minister for Education, John O’Dowd, is currently considering a development proposal for Clintyclay PS to transform, although at the same time, under area plans, the CCMS has submitted a development proposal for the school’s closure.

Campaigners are hopeful that the case for transformation is a strong one. The school was founded in 1893 and although its enrolment falls below the sustainable threshold set by DENI for rural primaries, the enrolment has remained steady. In addition, the school has been identified as meeting all other sustainability criteria such as playing an important role in the local community. Other primary schools nearby are full and the population of Dungannon district is growing. (more…)

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18 Aug

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Integrated Education Fund - Call for New Trustees

The Integrated Education Fund (IEF) is an independent charitable trust that raises funds locally, nationally and internationally. The Fund provides a financial foundation for the development and growth of integrated education and to increase opportunities for meaningful sharing in education across the community in Northern Ireland.

The Board of Trustees of the Fund is a small but experienced and dedicated team of volunteers working to make integration, not separation, the norm in Northern Ireland’s schools. We are now seeking new members with the commitment, willingness and time to participate actively in the work of the Fund. (more…)

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18 Aug

Area plans for primary provision published

The education and library boards, working with representatives of all school sectors, have produced their plans for the delivery of primary school education across Northern Ireland.

This follows initial proposals published early last year and a public consultation process which closed in June 2013. The boards and representative bodies were tasked with planning the right number of places in the right schools for each local area, with a responsibility to reduce duplication of provision; identify realistic, innovative and creative solutions to address need, including opportunities for shared schooling on a cross-community basis and to maximise the use and sharing of the existing schools estate. (more…)

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11 Aug

Integrated schools benefit from recent investment in schools estate

Schools throughout Northern Ireland are benefiting from almost £14million investment under the Department of Education’s minor works scheme. Minor works are projects ranging from minor repair to more significant work projects and extensions.

A total of five integrated schools received funding totalling almost £682,000 on projects including repairs to mobiles, improvements to buildings and facilities, repairs to roofing and an extension to an existing school building. (more…)

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4 Aug

Tickets on sale for the fabulous IEF Day at the Races

The IEF is studying form and getting out the gladrags ready for our glamorous social event at Down Royal racecourse next month – the biggest and best on the racing calendar.

Tickets are still available for our Day at the Races on Friday September 12, when friends and supporters will gather at the Moscow Flyer Suite for a cocktail reception and delicious lunch to prepare for the action on the racecourse in the afternoon. Our Campaign Chair Baroness May Blood MBE will welcome our very special guest, veteran rally driver and Belfastman Paddy Hopkirk, who will entertain the party with stories of his chequered life on the road. (more…)

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23 Jul

More nursery places for integrated schools reflects demand for integrated education

More children will be able to access integrated education from an early age next term with a welcome increase in nursery places at integrated primary schools.

Phoenix Integrated Primary School in Cookstown is celebrating the news that the Department of Education has given the go-ahead for a nursery unit offering 26 part-time places from September. This date will also mark ten years since the school first opened, with just 12 pupils. It has grown to seven classes and an enrolment of 170. (more…)

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