‘A Community Lens on Education’ | Conference Invitation




The Integrated Education Fund would like to invite you to join them on 17 May in Crumlin Road Gaol for their latest Community practitioners conference. During the day delegates will explore how we can ensure that the voices of communities and civic society are heard in the process of education planning and practice and how you can support young people in/outside school and help address some of the key issues facing our education system.


One of the themes that came out of our 2021 Feile festival and Good Relations Week webinars was the need to democratise education and increase the influence of communities in education planning, policy and practice – including parents, local communities and young people. This is also one of the outcomes of our 2019 conference, ‘Education: We All Have a Role to Play’. This conference aims to build on those presentations and discussions.

A key focus of the educational Area Planning process is to put “the needs of children and young people at the core of education” and above the interests of other stakeholders. The Education Authority’s recent draft Strategic Area Plan highlights that “co-operation and collaboration across all stakeholders will be needed” to achieve this. Communities and civic society have a lot to offer our education system and we believe that communities and organisations, parents and young people should play an important role in education conversations, alongside schools and other educational stakeholders.

We hope you can join us!

Our chair for the event is Peter Osborne, a public policy, good relations and community development practitioner and analyst. Peter is an IEF Board Member, Director of Rubicon Consulting and former Chair of the Community Relations Council.


Our event speakers will include:

  • Aspire NI
  • Baroness May Blood
  • Education Authority, Area Planning
  • Northern Ireland Commissioner for Children and Young People
  • Ulster University, Future Schools Project
  • Ulster University, Taking Boys Seriously Project


To register for your free place and get more event details, please visit:



For more information on the event, please contact:

jessica@ief.org.uk | 028 9069 4099