8 Jul

Party for past pupils as the integrated alumni celebrate summer

The Integrated Education Alumni Association gathered in Belfast for a barbecue party to mark the end of a successful academic year. A group of around thirty alumni along with IEF staff and supporters met old and new friends at the Filthy Quarter to network and relax. Event organiser, Hilary Copeland, greeted past pupils of New-bridge Integrated College, Slemish IC, Shimna IC, Hazelwood IC and Lagan College.

The Association supports the fundraising and advocacy work of the IEF and also serves to bring former pupils at integrated schools together socially, with groups now founded in London, Belfast and Liverpool. The group was officially launched last September by actor and integrated education supporter James Nesbitt at a reception in London. (more…)

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2 Jul

Cranmore Integrated Primary celebrates new children’s centre with Irish American philanthropist


Irish American philanthropist Kevin Curley flew into Northern Ireland this week to celebrate the development of a new £200,000 Children’s Playgroup Centre at Cranmore Integrated Primary School in South-West Belfast.

Kevin Curley, who lives in Dallas, Texas, is providing £100,000 towards the cost of the new Playgroup Centre through the American Ireland Fund.  Further contributions from the IEF and from the school itself have helped open the new facility which will enable Cranmore IPS to offer day-long care to children of all backgrounds and traditions. (more…)

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30 Jun

Latest figures show integrated education has to grow and meet demand


Whilst there are still hundreds of thousands of empty desks in schools across Northern Ireland, recent figures show that integrated schools remain popular, with the most over-subscribed school being Lagan College.

Two of the ten most over-subscribed primary schools in Northern Ireland are Portadown Integrated Primary School and Loughview Integrated Primary School. (more…)

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30 Jun

Too many empty desks, says NI Auditor – and duplication is holding back progress


The Department of Education is too slow in reforming the structure of education in Northern Ireland, according to the Auditor General.   The schools system is still working with tens of thousands of empty desks and the Department’s area planning exercise also comes in for criticism in the NI Audit Office “Sustainability of Schools” report, which is published today (30 June 2015). (more…)

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26 Jun

O’Dowd launches new resources for school governors

The Minister for Education John O’Dowd today launched new resources to make it easier for school governors to access the information they need to carry out their role effectively and to a high standard.

In addition to a detailed “guide for school governors”, they will now have access to a bespoke web portal and an app for convenience and to ensure they work to the best of their ability.

The minister for education, John O’Dowd, said “School governors play a key role in the management of our schools. They are responsible for ensuring a school does everything in its power to help children and young people achieve their full potential” (more…)

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23 Jun

Children’s Commissioner meets newcomer families at Malone College Saturday school

Koulla Yiasouma, Commissioner for Children and Young People, saw integration in action at Malone College when she visited their Saturday School for newcomer and minority ethnic families recently.

Malone College 77The Saturday School is a response to the increasing diversity within the community, which is reflected within the school. Working with HAPANI (a charity supporting people in NI from the Horn of Africa) the school leadership were keen to shape a way of offering support not only to young people arriving at Malone IC but also to their families. The result is the Saturday School – designed to build parents’ confidence in using the English language so that they can have a better relationship with the school and be better prepared for socialising and working in Northern Ireland. (more…)

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