Integrated education brings together in each school, pupils, staff and governors from both the Protestant and Catholic traditions. The integrated school provides a learning environment where children and young people from these backgrounds, as well as those of other faiths and none, can learn with, from and about each other.
Transformation is the process of changes which happens when an existing school chooses to become integrated. This means that it will be recognised officially as an integrated school, basing its principles on those underpinning the concept of integrated education.
This journey of change or transformation often begins with a desire by a Principal and their Board of Governors to explore how their school has evolved and their hopes for its future. Surveys indicate more than 79% of parents would support their local school undertaking this journey but only 29% of people in Northern Ireland are aware that any school can become an integrated school.
If you are considering Transformation, you may find it useful to talk to other Principals who have already explored and chosen transformation because it was a natural path for them. If so, our Outreach Officer can help to connect you to those who have so much experience to share.
The Integrated Education Fund (IEF) can offer help, advice and financial support on how your school can explore change through transformation; you can find more information on this website. Sometimes, however, a chat may be just what you need. If it is, then why not get in touch? You can do this by contacting Tina Merron, Chief Executive on: 028 9069 4099 or email: Tina@ief.org.uk
To download our Transformation leaflet Click here