4 Aug

Cranmore Integrated Primary School children celebrate learning with the teacher of the year!

Congratulations to Andrew Scott whose work with P3 at Cranmore Integrated Primary School has won him the accolade of NI4 Kids “Primary School Teacher of the Year”.

Mr Scott arrived at Cranmore IPS last September to cover a maternity leave and quickly proved a hit with the school community. He was nominated for the award by parents who describe him as ‘talented’, ‘approachable’, ‘full of energy’, ‘one in a million’ and ‘a breath of fresh air’. The young teacher found creative ways to approach subjects including a science lab and a weather station and he introduced a Zumba class for pupils, parents and grandparents. (more…)

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27 Jul

Belfast punk legends’ ‘Stiff Little Fingers’ generosity to the IEF continues

Belfast punk rockers Stiff Little Fingers will be marking 25 years’ of St Patrick’s Day gigs in Glasgow next year and, thanks to the band’s continuing support, the IEF will be part of the celebrations.

The rock legends have developed a tradition of playing at Glasgow’s Barrowland Ballroom on March 17th and will produce a DVD of the 2016 live show – the 25th at this venue. To get the project off the ground, SLF has been inviting pledges of interest from fans. They can pre-order the new live album or DVD and also choose from a range of special commemorative merchandise and offers to meet the band. (more…)

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22 Jul

Report to UN says integrated education must be developed

The Stormont government has been criticised for its lack of progress on integrated education in a report to the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC).

The report, compiled by the Children’s Law Centre and Save the Children and endorsed by 58 groups working for and with young people across Northern Ireland, points out that “The failure of the Government to plan for and resource the establishment of integrated schools has meant that the status quo of segregated education has been preserved.”

The UNCRC will in 2016 examine the UK compliance with its obligations on children’s rights under the UN convention and this report will flag up issues of concern before that process begins. (more…)

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16 Jul

Integrated Education campaigners welcomed at Oireachtas committee in Dublin

Representatives of the IEF and NICIE travelled to Dublin today (Thursday 16 July) to present to the Oireachtas Joint Committee on the Implementation of the Good Friday Agreement. This Committee, in which MPs from Northern Ireland have speaking rights, offers an opportunity to foster better links and dialogue between parliamentarians from both sides of the border and plays an important role in informing debate on areas of mutual interest such as: reconciliation issues; commemoration and anniversaries; North-South Co-Operation across Sectoral Areas (e.g. Health, Transport, Education, Agriculture, Tourism & Culture); and funding programmes such as PEACE money from Europe, the International Fund for Ireland and so on. Today’s meeting was convened to discuss proposals for current and future integrated education initiatives in Northern Ireland. (more…)

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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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