‘Integration Works’ Schools Event 2020

We would like to invite you to our ‘Integration Works’ information event for principals, teaching staff, governors and parents who wish to find out more about transformation. This is the process for a school to become integrated. A representative from the Department of Education will also be attending the event.

Date: 11 March 2020
Time: 9:45am-2:00pm
Location: Lagan College, 44 Manse Road, Belfast, BT8 6SA

Our locally elected politicians have now returned to the Stormont Assembly and we feel encouraged by the contents of the New Decade, New Approach agreement. In particular, the document acknowledges the role that education can play in building “a shared and integrated society” and outlines the commitment to “support educating children and young people of different backgrounds together in the classroom”. Integrated education forms a key part in this process as it enables children, from all religions and none, to learn together in the classroom every day.

During the last year we have seen seven schools, from across Norther Ireland and from both the Controlled and the Catholic Maintained sectors, ballot their parents to see if they would support their school becoming integrated. Within all seven schools, the vast majority of parents voted in favour of their school beginning the process of transformation to integrated status.

Integration Works Event 2020Interactive workshops exploring integrated education will form a key part of the ‘Integration Works’ event and there will be input from principals, governors and parents of schools that have gone through the transformation process. There will also be plenty of opportunity to ask questions and discuss your local school with the Northern Ireland Council for Integrated Education (NICIE) and the Integrated Education Fund (IEF).

Most of the schools that have held parental ballots during the last year have attended one of our ‘Integration Works’ events in the past and found it to be a useful tool in exploring if transformation to integrated status is suitable for their school community.

Financial support for sub cover will be provided to enable staff to attend the event, and lunch and refreshments will be provided. If you have any questions, please contact Jill Caskey at the IEF, by phone (028 9069 4099) or email (jill@ief.org.uk).

Places are free but we recommend that you register early by visiting http://eepurl.com/gglL_z

You can also download the Department of Education Guide Integration Works – Transforming your School here.