The Key Facts

Integrated Education – The Key Facts

Integrated Education - The Key Facts• Since its establishment in 1992, the IEF has invested £28 million in integrated education and cross community initiatives in education throughout Northern Ireland.

• We advocate and lobby for change to the education system in Northern Ireland in response to public demand; in the 2016 NI Assembly election, integrated education appeared in the vast majority of party manifestos.

• The Department of Education has a legal duty to “encourage and facilitate the development of integrated education”. This is underlined in the Good Friday Agreement of 1998

• The Together Building a United Community (TBUC) strategy says: “The segregation in housing and our education system, physical divisions and invisible lines of separation that exist in both urban and rural settings can all act as barriers”

• The United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child in 2016 reiterated its concern that “in Northern Ireland segregation of schools by religion persists” and goes on to recommend “the State party… in Northern Ireland actively promote a fully integrated education system

• A survey in 2018 found that almost 67% of parents in Northern Ireland would support a move by their school to become integrated

• There were more than two and half times as many pupils in integrated schools in 2014 as there were in 1998…even though the overall school-age population fell during this period

• However, 22 years after the Good Friday Agreement, there are only 65 integrated schools around Northern Ireland, educating children from pre-school to 18 years old, representing 7% of the NI school enrolment

• No integrated school has been established by the Department of Education

• Every integrated school has been established by committed and pioneering local parents or after a campaign for an existing school to become integrated through an official process termed “transformation”.

• As at September 2020,  25 integrated schools are transformed schools.