6 Nov

Celebration of support for integrated education at the House of Lords

Baroness May Blood MBE has called for speedy release of the money pledged to integrated and shared education in the Stormont House Agreement.

Baroness Blood was speaking at a dinner at the House of Lords for supporters of the Integrated Education Fund. She told guests that the political stalemate at Stormont should not be allowed to stand in the way of an important development for the young people of Northern Ireland:

“I was greatly encouraged that all political parties as well as the two governments were supportive of this essential part of the Agreement. Unfortunately, as we know, political events leave implementation of that Agreement in the balance. However, this is an opportunity we cannot afford to miss and we cannot afford to give up hope. We must do all we can to ensure this commitment to integrated education is taken forward and fast. (more…)

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28 Oct

A Bright Start for a Brighter Future – Cranmore Integrated Primary School

Cranmore Integrated Primary School is a thriving and successful school located in south Belfast. The school was established in 1993 to give local parents the possibility of having children from diverse backgrounds actively educated together in a planned integrated school.

Since those difficult early days Cranmore has continued to grow and develop. In 2003 we established a pre-school to enhance and extend our integrated provision to 3 year olds.

In 2015 we moved to a modern purpose built accommodation which is designed according to the Department of Education’s requirement for nurseries. The development of the new accommodation was made possible by the very generous support of Mr Kevin Curley, American Ireland Fund, Integrated Education Fund and the schools own self-generated funds. Our new unit is a fantastic resource and has significantly improved the opportunities for our youngest children to play and learn together. (more…)

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15 Oct

Final call for applications to the £25million Shared Education Signature Project

Education Minister John O’Dowd is encouraging schools to apply to the £25million Shared Education Signature Programme. The Project, funded by the Executive and the Atlantic Philanthropies is designed to further embed Shared Education and requires schools to progress their current level of collaboration. The final date for applications in this third and final call is 23 November 2015.

Minister O’Dowd said: “This is the third and final call for applications to the Shared Education Signature Project. I would encourage all schools to take advantage of this significant funding stream which is being made available. Many schools are already involved in shared education and this funding could help embed that good practice and learning even further, delivering improved outcomes for our children, young people and wider society. (more…)

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1 Oct

Strabane and Castlederg residents want more say in plans for education

Parents in Strabane and Castlederg feel their views and wishes have been side-lined in planning for education provision in their area.

A poll of more than 500 parents in the Strabane and Castlederg areas found that nearly three-quarters (73%) said they hadn’t been consulted about education provision in the area and more than 80% said they should have a say in this matter.

Focus groups brought together local teachers, community and business leaders as well as parents to discuss ideas and aspirations for local education. In addition more than 500 parents were surveyed in a phone poll carried out by independent company LucidTalk. The company is inviting the public to a meeting on Thursday this week to discuss the research. (more…)

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30 Sep

President Michael D Higgins gives a resounding endorsement of Integrated Education at Erne Integrated College

President of the Republic of Ireland, Michael D Higgins, has endorsed the role of integrated education in peace-building as he visited Erne Integrated College in Fermanagh.

President Higgins, accompanied by his wife Sabina, toured the College and attended a special Assembly during an official visit to Enniskillen on 16 September.

The late John Brennan, a founding teacher at the school and Head of History until his death in 2013, was a second cousin of the President who met members of the Brennan family during his visit to Erne IC. Nessa Brenna, John’s daughter, who’s a Year 12 student at the school, presented President Higgins with a copy of her late father’s thesis on ‘The Role of Catholic Chaplains in World War 1’. (more…)

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28 Sep

Dolly Parton shares her love of reading with Cliftonville Integrated Primary School

Music legend Dolly Parton has sent a special personal message to children at Cliftonville Integrated Primary School in North Belfast as it officially launched the first Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library (DPIL) in Northern Ireland.

The Country and Western star is spreading her love of words and pictures to the youngest pupils in the school, who will benefit from the unique book-gifting scheme. A pupil read out the letter in which Dolly told the school: “For years I have wanted my Imagination Library to be a part of your children’s lives and now my dream has come true – all because of you.”

The DPIL provides every child under the age of five at Cliftonville IPS and Nursery with a book each month, sent to their home. The first books arrived during the summer holidays. (more…)

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