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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15 Oct

Mentalist David Meade amazes pupils at Glencraig IPS with ‘magic maths’

If only maths lessons could be like this every day! Pupils from Glencraig Integrated Primary School got a very special maths class when David Meade, known to many as the “Mentalist” took time out from his busy schedule to show just how great maths can be.

During a special assembly, David amazed both pupils and teachers alike with his “maths magic tricks” including predicting numbers picked at random by some enthusiastic helpers.

David’s visit to the County Down school followed the introduction by the school of Mathletics, an online resource, designed to promote a love of maths in the pupils. (more…)

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6 Sep

Irish American Partnership Supports Growing Success of Glengormley Integrated Primary School

Members of the Irish American Partnership (IAP) visited Glengormley Integrated Primary School just before term began, to see how their funding is helping the school to respond to the growing demand for integrated education in the area.

In the years since 2003, when the school transformed to integrated status Glengormley IPS has developed into a truly integrated and international primary school; its enrolment is growing steadily with an overall increase in pupil numbers. This year 49 children joined P1 – 20 more than left P7 in July and with additional children joining other classes the total enrolment is up by 32 pupils.

Joe Leary (IAP), Mary McAleer (IAP), Baroness May Blood (IEF) and Nigel Arnold (Glengormley IPS)

To accommodate its expanding population, the Irish American Partnership has helped the Integrated Education Fund to sponsor an additional teacher at Glengormley IPS for the new academic year, as well as providing a new interactive whiteboard.

The school itself has done its share of fundraising through parents to provide the additional fixtures & fittings, desks and chairs, network capability and various data-points to refurbish a previously vacant room which is now being enjoyed by the new class.

Glengormley IPS Principal Nigel Arnold says “This school is going from strength to strength; it’s disappointing to turn down applicants  so we’re really pleased that we are moving towards meeting the needs of local families who choose integrated education.  We are very grateful for the support from the Irish American Partnership which is vital in developing integrated education in this area.”

Joe Leary, President and CEO of the Irish American Partnership, says “It’s fantastic to meet the people who are benefitting from our fundraising. The work this school is doing in this area is so worthwhile and supporting and developing education is one of the main aims of our organisation. I wish Glengormley Integrated Primary School well for future growth.”

The Irish American Partnership is dedicated to raising funds to support education programs, cross-community programs, and job creation programs in Ireland, North and South.  It has previously helped Glengormley IPS, and other transformed integrated schools, by supplying library books to reflect the increasing diversity of their enrolment.

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