11 Nov

Brian Mawhinney

The IEF was saddened to learn of the death of Lord Mawhinney, a staunch advocate for integrated education whose support was invaluable over many years.

Brian Mawhinney, as the Conservative Minister for Education in Northern Ireland, was instrumental in the creation and passing of the Education Reform (Northern Ireland) Order 1989. The Order placed a statutory duty on the Department of Education in respect of Integrated Education:
‘It shall be the duty of the Department to encourage and facilitate the development of integrated education, that is to say the education together at school of Protestant and Roman Catholic pupils’ (Education Reform (NI) Order 1989). (more…)

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8 Nov

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%). (more…)

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4 Nov

Nominate your school for Derrytrasna Pastoral Care Awards

The Department of Education, in partnership with the Public Health Agency, is seeking examples of outstanding pastoral care in schools.

The Derrytrasna Pastoral Care Award provides recognition to school communities that have demonstrated exceptional co-operative effort in supporting the pastoral care of pupils. Schools that go above and beyond to make a real difference to their pupils lives. (more…)

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24 Oct

Reappointment of Department of Education appointed members to the GTCNI

The Department of Education has announced the reappointment of two members to the General Teaching Council for Northern Ireland (GTCNI), as part of the reconstituted Council.

Both members have previously served a four-year term on the Board of the GTCNI as Department of Education appointed members, with their first term of office ending on 14 October 2019. (more…)

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