Survey confirms support for integrated education in the Coleraine area


The IEF was delighted to present the result of a micro-poll on local education in Coleraine to an audience of parents, local representatives and teachers at the Lodge Hotel in the town on Wednesday (6 November). During October 2019, independent polling company LucidTalk carried out a micro-poll among parents in the area on behalf of the Fund.

The results confirm that a majority of parents questioned (73.9%) would like a school for their children which is openly welcoming to pupils from all sections of the community and that they would also be supportive of their local school becoming integrated (81.25%).

Parents felt that “Good sports, arts and extra-curricular facilities and activities” is the most important factor when choosing a school (90.7%) while a school “reflecting a particular faith background” is viewed as the least important factor (17.3%). In addition, the two top factors identified in terms of ‘saving money’ in the education system were “Merging small/undersubscribed schools” and “Reducing administration costs at management level”.

The poll also found that 55% of parents of pre-primary school aged children in the Coleraine area are concerned that they may not be able to access a place in a school of their choice.

The presentation was followed by a Q&A session where the audience had a chance to put questions to the IEF and to Bill White, the founder of LucidTalk, and to discuss next steps regarding these findings. Due to 81.25% of parents in the Coleraine area supporting their child’s school becoming integrated, the IEF will circulate the micro-poll results to all local nursery and primary schools. For more details on this, please contact jill@ief.org.uk.

LucidTalk is a professionally-accredited research company based in Belfast, and operating throughout the UK, and Ireland. It was commissioned by the Integrated Education Fund to carry out a micro-poll in the Coleraine area due to evidence of local interest in integrated education.

You can see full details of the poll here.

Register support for your child’s school to become integrated at www.integratemyschool.com.