30 Apr

Taoiseach learns about peace education on visit to integrated school

Students and staff at New-Bridge Integrated College in Loughbrickland were delighted to host Taoiseach Leo Varadkar today when he visited the school. The Taoiseach was keen to see how the College’s approach to integration throughout school life had earned it the Evens International Prize for Peace Education – the first school in the UK or Ireland to win the award. Last November representatives from the school travelled to London to receive the honorary title of ‘Laureate of Peace Education’ for their inclusive practices. (more…)

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27 Apr

North Belfast pupils welcome Cabinet Minister

Pupils, staff and governors at Hazelwood Integrated College in North Belfast were proud to welcome the Rt Hon David Lidington MP, Minister for the Cabinet Office, when he toured the school during a visit to Belfast today on 26 April.

Mr Lidington, a former Shadow Secretary of State for NI, was greeted at the College by Head Boy James Brown and Year 14 student, Rachel Fitzsimons, Principal Kathleen O’Hare, Trevor Parkhill, who is Chair of the Board of Governors, and Baroness May Blood, Campaign Chair of the Integrated Education Fund (IEF).

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24 Apr

Move approved for Forge IPS

Forge Integrated Primary School will be moving house after a development proposal for relocation was approved by the Department of Education.

The school has been waiting since October 2016 to hear the decision on three linked Development Proposals (DPs):  to relocate the primary school and to add a nursery unit, an Autistic Spectrum Disorder Centre (ASDC) and a Learning Support Centre (LSC). Last week’s announcement only referred to the move. A decision on the other two proposals will follow in the very near future. (more…)

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16 Apr

Alternative way ahead for education revealed at Stormont

Children have handed Stormont politicians a radical plan for the future of the NI education system.  Keisha Fee and Jamie Nesbitt, from Mallusk Integrated Primary School, presented the Integrated Education Fund’s Alternative Manifesto to politicians at Stormont on Monday (16 April 2018).

Guests at the launch also included educationalists and planners as well as academics and representatives of teaching unions. (more…)

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