4 Jan

IEF Chief Executive welcomes OECD plan to assess global competences in schools

Statement from Tina Merron, CEO Integrated Education Fund, 4 January 2018:

We welcome the news that the OECD PISA rankings will in the future include measurements of social skills and attitudes.

The integrated education movement has long argued that educating children and young people together, in an environment of inclusion and diversity, helps to develop important skills and attitudes alongside academic study. (more…)

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4 Jan

Briefing on Northern Ireland Budgetary Outlook 2018-20

The Department of Finance (DoF) have published a budget briefing document which sets out a number of scenarios relating to the Northern Ireland Budgetary Outlook 2018-20.

This budget briefing document sets out the broad strategic issues that will inform an incoming Executive’s decisions on a Budget for 2018-19 and 2019-20 (and 2020-21 for Capital). (more…)

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19 Dec

Human Rights Commission calls for action on integrated education

Northern Ireland Human Rights Commissioners say more must be done to increase integrated education.

The NIHRC’s annual statement, published this month (December 2017), includes a section devoted to integrated education. It notes that, although several schools have successfully transformed to integrated status, “there have been no new integrated schools established since 2008”.  The Commission welcomes the publication of the Independent Review of Integrated Education in May this year, and calls on the Department of Education to set out its plans to implement the review’s recommendations. (more…)

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19 Dec

Ballymoney Model Controlled Integrated Primary School community gathers to welcome US Consul General

Pupils, staff governors and parents at Ballymoney Model Controlled Integrated Primary School were delighted to welcome a VIP on Monday (18 December) when Dan Lawton, US Consul General, visited the school.

The whole school community gathered for a special assembly to greet Mr Lawton, and sang two songs.  The P7 children gave a presentation on “The Ballymoney CIPS Alphabet”, relating all the different aspects of school life from study and sport, through friendships and clubs, to environmental protection. (more…)

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12 Dec

Lord Mayor visits New-Bridge Integrated College

The Lord Mayor of Armagh, Banbridge and Craigavon enjoyed a visit to New-Bridge Integrated College on Wednesday 06 December 2017. Mr Wilson requested to visit in person to add his congratulations to the many accolades which have followed the news that New-Bridge has been named as the laureate of the Evens European prize for Peace Education. New-Bridge is the first UK or Ireland recipient of this prestigious award in its ten year history. (more…)

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12 Dec

Basic Statistics of Annual Enrolments at grant-aided schools 2017/18 published

The Department of Education has today published a statistical release which details the basic provisional enrolment figures for schools and for children in funded pre-school education for 2017/18.

The data is taken from the school enrolments census which was conducted in October 2017.

Data collected through the school census exercise is used to inform Departmental policy development, implementation and evaluation.

This first release of the basic statistics contains information which is used in the process to allocate funding to schools. A further statistical release, containing a more detailed set of tables, will be published in February 2018. (more…)

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