Schools exploring transformation can also get support about the process from the Integrated Education Fund and the Department of Education.
Once a school has achieved transformation status the Department of Education may provide additional time-bound funding to help schools with the transformation process. Funding from within the transformation budget is provided to assist schools with:
• Development and deepening of the integrated ethos (including curriculum delivery which suits the diversity within the school)
• Cost of a new school prospectus
• Provision of in-service training for staff and members of the Board of Governors
• Costs associated with the additional administrative duties required by integrated status.
The Integrated Education Fund (IEF) was established in 1992 with money from EU Structural Funds, the Department of Education NI, the Nuffield Foundation and the Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust, as a financial foundation for the development and growth of integrated education.
The IEF financially supports the establishment of new schools, the growth of existing schools and those schools seeking to become integrated through the transformation process. The IEF can support schools considering transformation through a preliminary transformation exploration grant of up to £2,500. If a school pursues a transformation ballot with parents and successfully votes to transform to integrated status the school can access additional IEF funds to support the marketing and promotion of the school within the community.