On Friday 12 March 2021, the Minister for Education approved a proposal from Seaview Primary School, Glenarm, to Transform to Integrated status.
The Northern Ireland Council for Integrated Education (NICIE) has been actively involved in exploring how demand for Integrated Education could be met in the wider Glenarm area for a number of years. This has included supporting Seaview Primary School in the development of their proposal, which was published in March 2020. NICIE has also provided ongoing support to the neighbouring Integrated Primary School in Carnlough, which Transformed in 2001.
Chief Executive Officer of NICIE, Roisin Marshall stated: “The Council for Integrated Education welcomes the fact that parental demand for Integrated Education has been recognised in the wider Glenarm area. We congratulate the school community at Seaview PS for all their hard work and look forward to engaging with all stakeholders in the area to develop sustainable Integrated provision, accessible to all families”.
NICIE notes that in reaching the decision, the Department of Education (DE) stated ‘It is acknowledged that, in the long term, further work is required to ensure that Integrated provision in this area is sustainable…’. NICIE would agree with the DE that the Education Authority as managing authority of both the Transformed Seaview PS and Carnlough Integrated PS, should proceed to work with all key stakeholders to build on previous community consultation initiatives in order to future proof integrated provision in the area. NICIE believes that capital funding for a new school building could further support the development of sustainable Integrated provision in the area.
Seaview Primary School will become the 27th school to be approved for Transformation to Integrated status since the legislation was created in 1989. NICIE welcomes engagement with schools of any sector or management type that wish to explore how Integrated Education can enable them to build an intentionally diverse and inclusive sustainable school.