2 Sep

Global focus for Glengormley IPS in British Council International Schools Award scheme

Congratulations to Glengormley Integrated Primary School on achieving the Advanced Level International Schools Award (ISA) from the British Council. Conferring the award, the assessors praised the school’s own impact evaluation of their activities, saying it stood out as being balanced and well presented.

The judges added “… it is very encouraging to see how your activity is completely cross-curricular… Your school is an excellent example of how to guide your international work through a clearly planned, directed and delivered set of activities across a logical cross-curricular platform.” (more…)

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1 Sep

Meeting the demand for integration: additional pupils at integrated schools

As the new academic year begins, integrated schools around Northern Ireland are welcoming new pupils; with increased enrolments at several schools, more families are being offered the chance to experience integrated education.

Enniskillen Integrated Primary School and Millennium Integrated Primary School are doubling their intake at P1 this term, with Millennium IPS also offering 26 more part-time places at nursery level. In Cookstown, Phoenix Integrated Primary School has been permitted 26 additional part-time places in its nursery and Omagh Integrated Primary School has been given permission to accept all 64 applicants to P1, representing an increase of 13 places. (more…)

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29 Aug

Youth events – Have Your Say

Are you aged 16-25? What do you think about our education system, our employment situation or your prospects for the future? It is time for you to HAVE YOUR SAY!

We want to hear what you have to say about the segregated nature of our society and what Northern Ireland might look like in the future. Should we all be living and learning together? Is our segregated education system hurting our economy and job opportunities? (more…)

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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

Want to make a difference? Join our Board!!

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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