5 Sep

Lace Up for Integrated Education

Keen athletes can pull on their running shoes and raise funds for the IEF through the Bangor Aurora 10k road race this month.

The Fund was honoured to be named as one of the charities chosen by the Ards and North Down BC Mayor, Alderman Deborah Girvan, to be supported and promoted during her year in office.  The IEF has been selected alongside the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) and the Samaritans.

The Bangor Aurora 10k takes place on Saturday 24 September and offers a great opportunity to support the Ards and North Down Mayor’s charities. (more…)

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5 Sep

New Controlled Schools’ Support Council established

Education Minister, Peter Weir, has welcomed the establishment of the Controlled Schools’ Support Council (CSSC) which became operational today.

The CSSC will be led by a highly experienced educationalist, Barry Mulholland who previously served as the Chief Executive of the Western Education and Library Board and more recently, as Regional Managing Director of the Education Authority. (more…)

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30 Aug

Home and away – calls for education reform persist

From Baroness May Blood MBE, Campaign Chair IEF

Why are calls for integration so difficult to hear? The growing number of voices clamouring for holistic change in our education system must surely have reached the ears of the Executive Office.

The latest call comes from a body set up under the Fresh Start Agreement – the document the Executive signed up to earlier this year. (more…)

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11 Aug

Government vision is still looking backwards

From Baroness May Blood MBE, Campaign Chair IEF

Stormont’s new approach to building a programme for the future can be welcomed – setting targets which show that life is at least theoretically better for everyone and then showing how we will measure progress towards these targets. However, though the plans are set out in a new way, is there anything new in the plans themselves? (more…)

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8 Aug

Education Minister Peter Weir opens Camp Camilla summer scheme at Lagan College

Education Minister, Peter Weir, has attended the opening ceremony of Camp Camilla Summer Camp at Lagan College, Belfast.

Camp Camilla is an American-style summer camp designed to bring together children and young people from integrated schools across Northern Ireland with visiting students from the USA. It was developed after the Integrated Education Fund established links with supporters in Dallas Texas.  The camp is now in its second year and runs until 12 August. (more…)

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