Parents in the Derry~Londonderry area supportive of integration


Independent polling company Lucid Talk completed a micro-poll on education among parents in Derry~Londonderry during February. More than 180 responses were received from a representative sample of parents living in the area with at least one child under the age of 12. The results show substantial support for integrated education and were launched at an online event hosted by Lucid Talk and the IEF on Thursday 29 April 2021. Those attending the event included parents, political representatives, local schools and community organisations.

The results of the micro-poll confirm that a majority of the parents (80.6%) have a preference for 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 (70.97%).

Parents in the Derry~Londonderry area supportive of integrationWhile parents felt that “Good educational standards” is the most important factor when choosing a school (100%), a school “reflecting a particular faith background” was viewed as the least important factor (35.5%). In addition, the two top factors identified in terms of ‘saving money’ in the education system were “Cross-community mergers of small and/or under-subscribed schools” and “Reducing administration costs at the Education Authority and/or Department of Education”. The vast majority were also in favour of “a joined-up approach to future planning for education and housing to help improve community relations in our society” (90.32%).

At the launch, the audience had a chance to put questions to the IEF and to Bill White, Managing Director of LucidTalk, and to discuss next steps regarding these findings. A range of questions were answered, including how the number of respondents in this micro-poll compared to the response rate in other areas, how the result of 71% being in favour of their child’s/their local school transforming to integrated status compares to results in other areas as well as if there are currently any parents in the area registered on the Integrate My School website.

Due to over 70% of parents in the area being supportive of their child’s/their local school becoming integrated, the IEF will circulate the micro-poll results to all local nursery and primary schools to raise awareness of parental support for integration. For more details on this, or to find out how your school can transform to integrated status, 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 Derry~Londonderry area due to evidence of local interest in integrated education.

You can see full details of the poll here.

To register support for your child’s school to become integrated, visit: www.integratemyschool.com.