14 Sep

Northern Ireland education spending needs examination: NICCY report

A report into the costs to parents of sending a child to school in Northern Ireland has also highlighted inequality in the way education budgets are spent around the UK.  The document says Department of Education spending needs to be re-examined to see if more money could go to schools.

The Northern Ireland Commissioner for Children and Young People (NICCY) report, published earlier this month, is based on a survey of 1006 parents with 1620 school age children between them. The research looks at how much families had spent on equipment, meals, trips and other activities relating to school life.  However, it also looks at figures showing how much government money is spent in schools. (more…)

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7 Sep

Community Relations & Cultural Awareness Week – Safe space: Shared Place

Over 160 events are set to take place as part of this year’s Community Relations and Culture Awareness Week between 18th and 24th September.

A key part of the NI Executive’s Together: Building a United Community strategy, the week is coordinated by the Community Relations Council (CRC) and will showcase activities that take place year-round to build united communities in Northern Ireland. (more…)

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6 Sep

Study of low achievement at school says Northern Ireland’s selection policy one of many factors affecting academic success

A study of the academic achievement in Northern Ireland has found that there are a range of factors which influence success at school, including the home environment, economic pressures, and the grammar system.   The research, published yesterday (5 September 2017), was carried out by ten academics from Queens University and Stranmillis University College. (more…)

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4 Sep

Transform Clements Coffee Shop for Culture Night Belfast

The Integrated Education Fund will be staging a colourfully creative event during Culture Night Belfast on 22 September. We will be at Clements Coffee Shop on Rosemary Street from 1pm – 8pm offering art and craft activities and promoting the Integrate My School website. “Integrate My School” encourages and enables parents to register their support for their child’s school to become an integrated school. (more…)

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