16 Jan

One School Of Thought Campaign Continues To Grow!


The One School of Thought education campaign has started the year with a boost from yet  another celebrity supporter:  Kevin Baird, bass player with North Down band, Two Door Cinema Club,  added his name to the list of backers from the arts, business and sport.    One School of Thought calls on MLAs to make education reform a key priority over the next four years, building on the widespread public support for greater sharing and integration within and between schools.  (more…)

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4 Jan

New Years Honour for IEF Trustee, Joanne Stuart

Fellow trustees, staff and supporters of the Integrated Education Fund would like to offer their congratulations to IEF trustee, Joanne Stuart, who has recently been named in the New Years Honours List.

Joanne Stuart, Director of Attrus Ltd, is a former chair of the Institute of Directors in Northern Ireland and has been awarded an OBE for services to business in the community. She has advocated the cause of integrated education for many years and has worked tirelessly to promote the importance of business to the wider community.


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6 Dec

Scarecrow Winners Collect Their Prizes

Integrated primary school pupils from all parts of Northern Ireland met at the  Greenmount Campus of CAFRE at Antrim) to receive trees which they won during the Garden Show Ireland Scarecrow competition this summer.  The prizegiving event also marked  National Tree Week, which opens the tree-planting season. The overall winner was “Blossom”, submitted by All Children’s IPS, and it was lovely to see two of last year’s P7 pupils, now studying at Shimna Integrated College, who had helped make the scarecrow, and who came back to their old school to help collect their prize. (more…)

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30 Nov

‘Our Children – Their Education’ South Tyrone Event

Parents and schools in Dungannon/South Tyrone were urged to think creatively about the future of education, at a public debate in Clogher recently.

“Our Children – Their Education” brought local parents, community workers and educationalists together with politicians to explore the changes and challenges facing education. (more…)

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25 Nov

Senate Debate – Need ‘Sanity Not Vanity’ In Shaping Education System

Teachers, parents and politicians were urged to use “Sanity Not Vanity” as they consider the way forward for education in Northern Ireland, when a visitor from a project in Lancashire spoke at a debate hosted by the Integrated Education Fund in the Senate Chamber in Parliament Buildings.  A range of speakers and an invited audience were asked to consider the proposal that “The Time is Right for a Fully Integrated System of Education.”    (more…)

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23 Nov

IEF Welcomes Programme For Government Announcement

The Integrated Education Fund welcomes the acknowledgement and the importance given to greater sharing in education in the Programme for Government announced by the First Minister and Deputy First Minister. It is particularly encouraging that, in presenting the proposals to the Assembly, the First Minister underlined that the document “sets out a direction of travel”.

The document is not a final, fixed strategic plan; it is a consultation document and is open for public response until February 2012.  Members of the Integrated Education Movement will take the opportunity to scrutinise the proposals and submit analysis and comment. (more…)

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