13 Nov

Tribute show to legendary comedian Frank Carson at Grand Opera House

Frank Carson Tribute Show – It’s The Way He Told ‘Em

Come along and enjoy a spectacular gala evening paying tribute to Belfast’s legendary comedian: the late, great Frank Carson. Ticket sales will benefit two charities dear to Frank’s heart: the Integrated Education Fund and CLIC Sargent.

Frank Carson was one of the giants of the comedy world. He was also a dedicated family man and to mark the one-year anniversary of his death, the Carson family is hosting this special show to celebrate his life and talent.


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2 Nov

BT Internet Rangers helping older people get online

BT Internet Rangers is an exciting award scheme which aims to reward schools that are working with their community to help older people get online and improve their IT skills.

There is a prize of £4,000 for the winning secondary school, £3,000 for the winning primary/middle school and two runners up prizes of £2,500.

There is also a Teacher’s Award of £250 worth of IT vouchers for the teachers who submit the applications for each of the winning schools.

To apply for an award the school must be planning to run IT activities that take place or start before the end of the 2012/13 school year. For example, activities such as a silver surfers week during half term or IT evening classes held during term time run by the children for the wider community.

The students themselves maybe eligible to apply for the BT Internet Ranger of the Year Award which gives them a chance to win an iPad or laptop.

The application process for both awards is completed online and they can be accessed at www.bt.com/internetrangersalong with the terms and conditions of both competitions.


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29 Oct

Why your views matter on integration and meaningful sharing in schools

We believe this is one of the most important times to be vocal about your support for integrated education.

The Ministerial Advisory Group on Advancing Shared Education is seeking views on the future of shared education in Northern Ireland.

We believe it’s important they hear from you. Your connection to our schools, whether as a pupil, teacher, parent or supporter, means you have an unprecedented knowledge of integration working successfully day-to-day. We believe your views are vital to help to grow an integrated education future for the benefit of everyone.

The Advisory Group’s consultation was launched on 15 October and runs until 9 November 2012. The Advisory Group, which is independent of the Department of Education, will report its findings to the Minister by February 2013.

Everyone with an interest in the future of education can have their say by submitting their views to the group. We believe it is your opportunity to highlight your important work and future aims for integrated education. We would encourage you to take part. To find out more, go to the Ministerial Advisory Group on Advancing Shared Education’s link below:



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29 Oct

Northern Ireland Music Legends To Back Integrated Education

Stiff Little Fingers (SLF) have announced they will be getting behind the drive for more integrated education in Northern Ireland. The band will use their homecoming gig at Belfast’s Ulster Hall on Friday 16th November to highlight their support and also to make a financial contribution to the Integrated Education Fund (IEF). (more…)

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16 Oct

US Author Launches Book – Breathing the Same Air

A US professor of child development, who has published a book on children, education and politics in Northern Ireland, has returned to the school in Belfast which became the centre of the story.

Professor Abigail Stahl McNamee was at Forge Integrated Primary School to launch Breathing the Same Air (Strategic Book Publishing) – an academic study and also a personal account of the author’s experiences and encounters in Northern Ireland. (more…)

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16 Oct

IEF Conference – ‘Key Role’ for Digital Technology

Staff and governors from integrated schools heard that digital technology has a key role to play in helping students develop into highly-skilled people with the knowledge sought by employers and businesses across the world. The Education Minister, John O’Dowd, opened the IEF’s highly successful Digital Media in Education Conference in Belfast with a message placing technology firmly at the centre of developments in the modern classroom.

The conference, hosted by the Integrated Education Fund in association with Microsoft, the British Council and i-Teach, created a platform to explore how digital technology offers a progressive and collaborative approach to learning. Delegates were welcomed to the event, in W5 in Belfast, by IEF Trustee Joanne Stuart who runs her own IT consultancy, Attrus Limited. (more…)

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