Irish News Integrated Education Supplement 2020

The Irish News has published their Integrated Education supplement today, 25th November 2020. A fantastic celebration of Integrated Education it is too!

Irish News Integrated Education Supplement, 25th November 2020.

Roisin Marshall (NICIE CEO) features, advocating for “all ability, Integrated schools for more families, by choice!” (picture above) with the IEF highlighting how eight schools have held successful parental ballots this year in favor of becoming integrated.

Not only that, it features some great articles on a number of Integrated Schools, from primary to post-primary, celebrating success and inclusion , including Parkhall Integrated College, New-Bridge Integrated College (celebrating 25 years of Integrated Education), Forge Integrated Primary School (also 25 years old!), Cliftonville Integrated Primary School and many other amazing Integrated schools as well. We don’t want to spoil it all for you so please have a read via the link below. 

Integrated Education Supplement 2020

Thanks to the Irish News for sharing the above with us.

Why did you choose Integrated Education? We want your views!

NICIE has commissioned Seasoned Communications (a Communications agency) to undertake research into its communication and marketing activity.

If you are a parent of a child who attends an integrated school, (or did attend an integrated school in the past) we would LOVE for you to take part in our survey. We want to gently pick your brains about why you made this choice. Plus we want to know what you think about Integrated Education marketing activities. It will only take a few minutes of your time and all answers are completely anonymous.

***Please note the survey has now closed – thank you to everyone who took part***

Your input will provide us with valuable insight into the choice parents make about Integrated Education. We would really appreciate your participation.

Thank you so much in advance for your help. The survey is only live until 23 November. So please don’t miss out on your chance to tell us your thoughts.

Patricia Murtagh

NICIE offers a huge ‘thank you’ to Patricia Murtagh

Ljuljjeta Goranci Brkic, Sarajevo, principal of Hazelwood IPS Patricia Murtagh and Ivana Milas, Croatia

Last week Hazelwood IPS said a fond farewell to their Principal Patricia Murtagh.  Patricia has already received many well deserved tributes for her work over the past 35 years.  At NICIE we know only too well the hard work and determination that Patricia has demonstrated during her career in Integrated Education. 

It is not only Hazelwood IPS who have benefited from her drive and commitment to making Northern Ireland a more peaceful community.  Patricia is highly respected by her fellow Principals in the Association of Principal Teachers in Integrated Schools (APTIS) who value her guidance and advice.

 She was always the first to lift the phone to a new principal to offer them support.  She welcomed Principals from schools who were going through the Transformation process into her school to get a sense of what Integration in practice looks and feels like.  She always offered help and advice to NICIE when we wanted a Principal’s viewpoint on something. 

When asked to host various visitor groups, she always offered a warm welcome.  We will miss Patricia’s leadership immensely – to say she was an inspirational Principal and person is by no means an overstatement.  We wish her well in this next phase of her life and know she won’t be a stranger to NICIE and the wider Integrated Education movement.

(L-R) Zvi Bekerman Israel, principal of Hazelwood IPS Patricia Murtagh and Michalinos Zemeylas, Cyprus

Bangor Central IPS welcomes new build announcement

The Bangor Central Integrated Primary School community is celebrating the start of a new era in the school’s history after receiving the go-ahead from the Department of Education for a new state of the art school building.

Bangor Central was one of a number of integrated schools named in the first tranche of funding allocated under the Stormont House and Fresh Start Agreements in March 2016 but discussions on the need for a new school building to accommodate its 600-plus pupils had been ongoing for a number of years before that.

“On behalf of the Board of Governors and the school community I would like to welcome the announcement that the new build is proceeding,” said Board of Governors Chairperson Beth Holland.

“We look forward to the great opportunities that it will provide for pupils for years to come, as well as enabling the continuation of the school’s values and ethos.”

McAdam Design Ltd have recently been appointed as Lead Consultant to draw up the blueprint for the 22 classroom integrated school at a new site on the Balloo Road.

“I am delighted that we have reached this significant milestone in the history of our school and integrated education in Bangor,” said Bangor Central IPS Principal Peter Campbell.

“The new build will provide pupils with spacious new classrooms – all accessible from the ground floor – extensive hard and soft play areas, all constructed without any disruption to the pupils, staff or parents.”

“This new location will enable children to access an integrated education in a state of the art building. It will be approximately five years before the new school will open and during that time we will be involving our pupils in the exciting design process of their new school.”

Call for Tenders

The Northern Ireland Council for Integrated Education (“NICIE”) is seeking to appoint a suitable agency to support the development of a new communications plan to guide us over the next three years (2021-2023).

Please contact NICIE directly via email ( if you are interested.

Closing date 12.00pm on Wednesday 30 September, 2020