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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21 Sep

VIP visit to Glencraig IPS as the school celebrates smart new facilities

The community at the thriving Glencraig Integrated Primary School in Holywood was joined by integrated education supporters at a special day to celebrate the completion of extensive building work and new facilities.


Friday 18 September saw the school gather for an assembly to give thanks for the project which has meant substantial improvement to the school. Guests included Baroness May Blood, Campaign Chair of the Integrated Education Fund, and IEF supporters Gerard Steinberg and Terry Cross, whose generosity has helped integrated schools grow and develop. (more…)

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18 Sep

Birthday boy Gerald celebrates with the IEF


Massive thanks (and congratulations) go to long-standing IEF supporter Gerald Steinberg after his recent birthday celebrations raised money for the Fund.

Gerald who marked a special birthday recently asked guests at his party to donate to the IEF in lieu of gifts. This resulted in a substantial donation to help the Fund in our work supporting integrated schools and campaigning to grow integrated education in Northern Ireland.


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18 Sep

O’Dowd publishes new policy for Shared Education

Education Minister John O’Dowd has published Sharing Works: A Policy for Shared Education.

The new policy sets out the proposed way forward for shared education and provides a framework to ensure shared education is embedded throughout the education sector ensuring a high quality, shared learning experience is delivered for every child.

Sharing Works addresses recommendations made by the Education Committee last week following its Inquiry into Shared and Integrated Education and also recent recommendations from the Ministerial Advisory Group. (more…)

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