27 Mar

Walking in each other’s shoes

Forge Integrated Primary School along with two other schools in Belfast recently completed an innovative project Walking in each other’s shoes funded by the Integrated Education Fund / Pears Foundation. (more…)

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26 Mar

Ulster Carpets’ charity supports Brownlow IC pupils on their path to achievement

Young people at Brownlow Integrated College in Craigavon are to benefit from a targeted Pupil and Parenting Programme along with counselling support, thanks to help from the John Wilson Memorial Trust.

Representatives of the John Wilson Memorial Trust, which was set up by Ulster Carpets,  joined Baroness May Blood MBE (IEF Campaign Chair) at Brownlow Integrated College last Thursday (22 March). Trustee Caroline Somerville presented £20,000 to fund the college’s pastoral care service, as well as to help with a project to strengthen home/school links. (more…)

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23 Mar

First steps to success guided by new partnership

Leading lights of tech business start-ups gave a master class to ambitious students from integrated colleges in Northern Ireland when the IEF Carson Awards Programme teamed up with Ormeau Baths Belfast and Young Enterprise NI (YENI) in a unique partnership. The event was designed to enhance learning by taking the lesson out of the classroom. Around 60 pupils from Blackwater, Priory and Strangford Integrated Colleges gathered to benefit from the expertise of some of the brightest stars in the digital technology sector. (more…)

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22 Mar

Poll shows NI parents want education reform

Parents around NI are seeing the evidence of budget cuts in schools – and they want action to deal with the financial crisis.  A poll commissioned by the IEF and carried out by independent company LucidTalk resulted in hundreds of comments describing the impact of the financial crisis in the classroom including staff cuts, lack of support for special needs, reduced subject choices and a lack of basic educational equipment.  The research found that most parents would support cross-community mergers of schools if it meant the budget were spread less thinly and resources were better used.  There is also overwhelming support for an independent review of the education system in Northern Ireland. (more…)

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14 Mar

NI Commissioner for Children and Young People (NICCY): Recruitment for new Youth Panel members

Letter from NI Commissioner for Children and Young People (NICCY)

NI Commissioner for Children and Young People (NICCY): Recruitment for new Youth Panel members

The NI Commissioner for Children and Young People (NICCY) is seeking new members for her NICCY Youth Panel. This is a group of young people who advise the Commissioner on key issues and assist her in her work of safeguarding and promoting the rights and best interests of children and young people. (more…)

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