‘Integration Works’ Schools Event 2021

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: 13 May 2021
Time: 2:00pm – 4:00pm
Location: Zoom (details will be forwarded once registered.)
Register here: https://forms.office.com/r/PeuJ4znE83

Integration Works Event 2021Within the last year we have encountered huge challenges to our way of life as a result of COVID-19. This has been especially evident within our education system. However, it has also been encouraging to see new networks form and an increased sense of togetherness across all school types during these difficult times. As we begin to emerge from another lockdown, we await the decision of the Education Minister, Peter Weir, on the Transformation to integrated status of a further six schools throughout Northern Ireland and we continue to support many others currently on this journey.

In the wider political context, there has been growing support for integrated education and its role in contributing to an education system fit for the 21st Century. This was, for instance, demonstrated in the New Decade, New Approach agreement which 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”. The upcoming Independent Review of Education will also have a focus on “securing greater efficiency in delivery costs, raising standards, access to the curriculum for all pupils, and the prospects of moving towards a single education system.”

This event will include input from principals of integrated schools, as well as those that have gone through the Transformation process. There will also be plenty of opportunity to ask questions and discuss your local school context with the Northern Ireland Council for Integrated Education (NICIE) and the Integrated Education Fund (IEF).

Most of the schools that have held parental ballots, or that are currently exploring Transformation, 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 context.

Financial support for sub cover will be provided to enable staff to attend the event.

If you have any questions about either event, please contact Jill Caskey at the IEF by emailing jill@ief.org.uk

Places are free but we recommend that you register early by visiting https://forms.office.com/r/PeuJ4znE83

We will also be holding an event specifically for Governors on 27 May (7:30pm – 9:00pm) and you can register for this event via email (jill@ief.org.uk).

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