13 Sep

Integrate My School at Culture Night & Day!

The IEF’s Integrate My School team will be taking part in two culture themed events in September.

Young! Holywood Culture Night and Belfast Culture Day

The team are looking forward to taking part in these events, as they will be great fun for all the family. We’ll have craft activities for children (young and old) and information about Integrated Education. Visit our marquee for a chat about how parents can sign up their child’s school to become integrated. For more details contact Jessica@ief.org.uk (more…)

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14 Aug

Féile event: The demand for integrated education and mixed neighbourhoods

Following the success of last year’s Féile event, the IEF hosted another discussion as part of this year’s festival. This time the conversation was broadened to consider both education and housing and the potential links. The event was held in St Mary’s University College on 07 August and saw contributors discuss the role that education and housing can play in building peace. Many thanks to our speakers, the chair Gerry McConville (Director of Falls Community Council and Chair of the West Belfast Partnership Board) and Féile an Phobail. (more…)

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26 Jul

Shared Housing & Integrated Education: Building Good Community Relations

Following the success of last year, the Integrated Education Fund is delighted to confirm that it is organising an event as part of the 2019 Féile An Phobail August Festival.

The event will be held on Wednesday 7 August at 17.00 in St Mary’s University College and aims to explore links between housing and education and discuss how shared housing and integrated education can help improve community relations in our society. (more…)

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23 Jul

The IEF welcomes Northern Ireland Affairs Committee report

The Integrated Education Fund (IEF) welcomes the publication yesterday (22 July 2019) of the report from the NI Affairs Committee’s (NIAC’s) inquiry into education funding in Northern Ireland. The IEF’s written contribution to the inquiry included a call for a reform of the structure of the NI education system to rationalise provision and enable better use of resources. We also called for community participation in decisions on education planning and delivery.

The Fund is, therefore, particularly pleased by the Committee’s comment:
We saw there is a clear need to reduce duplication across the education sector and for consolidation of the school estate. Witnesses were clear that alongside the immediate funding pressures on education, the complicated structure of education in Northern Ireland meant that money was not being spent in the most efficient way. (more…)

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