7 Mar

From small beginnings to Parliament Buildings: Integrated Education Month opens with symbolic walk.

Integrated Education Month 2017 launched on Friday (3 March) with a celebratory walk marking 35 years of integrated education in Northern Ireland.  The symbolic journey began with a small group of founding parents, pupils, staff, and friends who set out from Ardnavally Scout Centre, the original site of the first integrated school, Lagan College. They walked almost six miles to the front gates of the Stormont Estate.  Here they were met by more than 500 children, teachers, parents and supporters from integrated schools and colleges across Northern Ireland who joined the final mile of the walk to the steps of Parliament Buildings. (more…)

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3 Mar

Independent review team recommends actions to grow integrated education

The Independent Review of Integrated Education was published on Thursday evening (2 March). The Review, instigated by previous Education Minister John O’Dowd and released by outgoing Minister Peter Weir, contains 39 recommendations for developing and supporting the growth of integrated Education in NI including reconsidering the official definition of the term and extending the current legal duty to “encourage and facilitate” the development of integrated education to include a requirement to “promote” the model. (more…)

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2 Mar

Primary school pupils on fact finding visit in Belfast Cathedral

A large group of more than 80 primary six pupils from three Belfast schools were in Belfast Cathedral on a fact finding visit on January 20.

The children were from Cranmore Integrated Primary, St John the Baptist Primary and Taughmonagh Primary.

They are part of an ongoing cross-community project co-ordinated by Cranmore Integrated School, and supported by the Integrated Education Fund Trust Programme. (more…)

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2 Mar

Integrated schools will grow to meet demand

Congratulations to four integrated schools which have been told that they can increase their pupil population and meet demand for integrated education in their area.  The Department of Education has approved development proposals from Lagan College, Parkhall Integrated College, Hazelwood College and Killyleagh Integrated Primary School. (more…)

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27 Feb

Omagh IPS welcomes special guests to launch new building

The Campaign Chair of the IEF, Baroness May Blood, was joined by a high-flying Irish American VIP at the site of the future Omagh Integrated Primary School and Children’s Centre on Friday (24 February). John Fitzpatrick, hotelier and chair of the Ireland Funds, flew in especially to join May and help officially open building work on the site which is next to Drumragh Integrated College.  The project will comprise not only a new 14-classroom school and nursery but also a children’s centre, which is being developed thanks to generous integrated education supporters.  The work signals the beginning of the end of the mobile classrooms which have been home to Omagh IPS since it was opened, more than a quarter of a century ago.  (more…)

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