Bishop John McAreavey, Chair of the Council for Catholic Maintained Schools, has told the Belfast Telegraph that he is open to the idea of shared education, possibly merging schools of different sectors to offer integrated education. As the former Principal of the first school in Northern Ireland to transform to integrated status, Errol Lemon has been prompted to reflect on the process at Brownlow College in Craigavon. Twenty years on, he is now retired and a Trustee of the Integrated Education Fund. (more…)Read More
As politicians, pundits and the public gear up for another set of elections in Northern Ireland – this time for the Assembly, electoral reform and local Councils in May – the Integrated Education Fund has attended the annual conferences of three of the main parties represented, to let candidates know that we and thousands of parents are serious about wanting a change in our education system. (more…)Read More
Many surveys and research projects in the past have come up with statistics showing that a majority of people would like to see more integrated schools. We are now facing some tough decisions on education, as in all areas of public spending; we have already put forward the sound financial arguments for integration, but we want to know how the current economic and political context shapes people’s attitudes, and whether the public debate on integrated education has built more support for the movement. (more…)Read More
Integrated education has moved centre stage in public debate, since we introduced the Oxford Economics scoping paper, “Developing a Case for Shared Education” at the Northern Ireland Economic Conference last September. The question now must be when do we move from debate to action?
Discussion at political level, including an Assembly debate, seems to agree that our current model of education is undesirable, and integration is shaping up to be seen as a possible future norm for education here. (more…)Read More