NICIE “Developments in Integrated Education” Seminar Friday 11 November 2016 at Lagan College

This years NICIE annual seminar was hosted at Lagan College in celebration of their 35th anniversary.  The Past, Present and Future of integrated education was discussed at Friday’s seminar.

Guest speakers Cecil Linehan & Anne Odling-Smee, founding parents of Lagan College, gave a meaningful insight into the establishment of the first integrated College.

Paddy Smyth, former head boy of Lagan College, talked of his experiences. Please click on the link below for further detail:

The event concluded with a presentation from Kellie Armstrong MLA’s on her Private Members Bill on Integrated Education.  Kelly said the consultation was open from 11 November 2016 to 31 January 2017.  For your information here is a link to the consultation to copy and paste into your browser:




Now is your chance to HAVE YOUR SAY about the future development of integrated education in Northern Ireland.  This is a really important review as it will guide NICIE and DE in their strategic planning for integrated education into the future.  Please take time to respond to the four main areas:

 Views on IE

  1. Nature of IE
  2. Government support for IE
  3. Planning for IE

 Deadline 22nd April 2016

Response Booklet

Integrated education needs you!!!

Call for participants; University of Ulster research project

The University of Ulster is conducting a research project into how teachers support and help young people to develop. From this, they hope to determine how teachers can improve upon this and what training they may need.

It’s an online questionnaire, which should take no longer than ten minutes to complete.

See the image for more details.


NICIE’s Submission into the Inquiry into Shared and Integrated Education

The Northern Ireland Council for Integrated Education welcomes the opportunity to contribute to the inquiry into shared and integrated education.

At the outset we remind the committee of the unequivocal declaration given to integrated education in the Education Reform Order (NI) 1989 and the Good Friday Agreement 1998, both of which require that it is for the government to ‘encourage and facilitate the development of integrated education’. It is important also to note that the Good Friday Agreement was supported by over 75% of the population in its entirety and although many difficult and controversial elements involving change were contained within, and despite later attempts by dissident voices to ‘cherry-pick’ at the agreement, it remains intact today, a basis on which to build a more equal, more peaceful and more forward looking Northern Ireland.

Read our whole submission at the link below.

NICIE submission to Education Committee Inquiry Into Shared and Integrated Education

Schools’ Submissions into the Shared and Integrated Education Inquiry

Read them at these links:

Drumragh IC Submission into Shared and Integrated Education Inquiry

Forge IPS Submission into Shared and Integrated Education Inquiry

Hazelwood IC Submission into Shared and Integrated Education Inquiry

Tor Bank Submission into Shared and Integrated Education Inquiry


The Committee for Education undertook an Inquiry into Shared and Integrated Education.

Following submissions, the Education Committee will:

  • Review the nature and definition of Shared Education and Integrated Education as it applies across all  educational  phases  –  including  consideration  of  the  need  for  a  formal  statutory definition and an obligation in statute to facilitate and encourage Shared Education;
  • Identify the key barriers and enablers for Shared Education and Integrated Education;
  • Identify  and  analyse  alternative  approaches  and  models  of  good  practice  in  other jurisdictions in terms of policy interventions and programmes;
  • Consider  what  priorities  and  actions  need  to  be  taken  to  improve  sharing  and integration  –  including the effectiveness of the relevant parts of the CRED policy; the need to engage more effectively with parents/carers; and the role of Special Schools; and
  • Report to the Assembly on its findings and recommendations by Spring 2015.