13 Nov

A rallying call from the House of Lords

Baroness May Blood has called for the full implementation of the Good Friday / Belfast Agreement and says she wants real action in support of parents and schools seeking an integrated choice for their children.

Responding to a recent call from the Council for Catholic Maintained Schools for an abandonment of the Stormont Executive’s statutory duty to encourage the development of integrated education, the Baroness said this would be a rejection of an international agreement, ratified by voters in Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.

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12 Nov

New single Education Authority on track for 2015

The Education Bill, which will see the establishment of a new Education Authority to replace the five regional Education Boards in Northern Ireland, will now progress to its final stage after MLAs reached agreement on its makeup in the Assembly yesterday (12 November).

It has been decided that the Authority will have 21 members instead of the 20 originally proposed, but that there will be no seats reserved for community representatives. (more…)

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7 Nov

Poll shows the public want to be involved in education planning

A recent survey by independent polling company LucidTalk shows that the vast majority of people want to be involved in education planning in Northern Ireland. The research also shows that citizens want to see the duplication and waste in the education system tackled urgently.

Three questions relating to education planning were put to a representative sample of 1,089 people who were questioned in September as part of a wider poll for the Belfast Telegraph.

Faced with the question “Northern Ireland faces cuts in public services; do you think that the duplication of resources in education, which has created over tens of thousands empty schools places, should be addressed as a matter of urgency?” the responses were

Yes – 77%
No – 9%
No Opinion – 14% (more…)

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28 Oct

Shared and Integrated Education Inquiry

The Integrated Education has responded to the Education Committee’s call for submissions to the Shared and Integrated Education Inquiry. This inquiry has provided us with an opportunity to send a powerful message to politicians and policy makers to remind them of the many benefits of integrated education and that demand for integrated education is as strong as ever.

Integrated education brings children, staff and governors from Catholic and Protestant traditions, as well as those of other faiths or none, and other cultures, together in one school. Integrated schools differ from most other schools in Northern Ireland by ensuring that children from diverse backgrounds are educated together every day, side by side in the same classrooms. (more…)

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28 Oct

IEF 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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