Images of Integration


This year, NICIE and Integrated schools are marking 40 years of Integrated Education in Northern Ireland. The anniversary is an opportunity to reflect on where we have come from, celebrate our achievements, and consider how we will grow to meet the needs of the next generation.  

We are inviting your school community to join a photography project which will tell stories about what integration means today. The project is open to all phases of school and can be adapted to be age appropriate.  


You will help your pupils to identify and share their experiences of integration and consider how to capture those experiences in photographs. 

If Integrated Education provides a space for young people in Northern Ireland to grow together and grow freely into their full identities, imagine your school as a garden. Gardens need certain conditions to come into being, and steady care and attention in order to grow.   

  • What is the soil? 
  • What are the plants?  
  • Who are the gardeners?
  • How does your garden grow?  

Integrated schools recognise and validate a range of identities. By looking at what it means to identify as Protestant or Catholic, space is opened to look at other forms of identity too. Where Integrated schools innovate, a path is made for others to follow. How can we broaden and enrich our understanding of integration? We can ask our young people what it means to them. 

This is a project that prioritises process over outcome. The quality of the images is not what matters. Focus on thinking, creating, and reflecting together. Young people undergoing Integrated Education will see and understand it differently from you as adults and teachers. Let them contribute to the ongoing conversation in words and images. What has changed since 1981? What has remained the same? What can be grown? 

Here’s how you can begin to take part:  


 We have an online workshop which will be held on: 

Wednesday 10th November, 3pm – 4.30pm via Zoom. 

Registration via the Microsoft Forms 

We will be providing a short online introduction to the project which can be viewed at There will be a short preparation activity which will offer you something of the experience we hope you will offer your pupils. 

Preparation task 

After watching the introductory video, your task will be as follows: During your daily routine in school and out, notice where you see integration happening. Record those moments or experiences by taking a photograph. Choose up to three photographs to share during the workshop. 

At the online workshop we will look at and talk about these photographs together. We will reflect on what the process felt like for you, and how you might guide your pupils through it.  

Then you are free to embark on that process in whatever way fits your school and your pupils. Be as ambitious as you like!  

Curricula and Ethos Links   

Relevant areas of learning – Primary (Foundation, KS1, KS2)  Relevant areas of learning and subjects – Post primary  

 (KS3, KS4, KS5) 

NICE Statement of Principles 
The arts   The arts – Art, Drama, Moving Image Arts 


  • Equality 
  • Faith and values  


Language and literacy   Language and literacy – English, Media Studies, Moving Image Arts  
  • Parental involvement  


Personal development and mutual understanding   Learning for Life and Work – Personal Development and Citizenship  
  • Social responsibility  


The world around us   Environment and society – History and Geography   This project encourages you to make links with the four core principles of Integrated Education 

 We hope that by taking part in this project you and your students can grow individually and as a community. Building visual literacy skills at school is an essential way to prepare young people to contribute to our global society, and photography is an incredibly useful cross-curricular tool that can help to:  

  • Support visual literacy 
  • Encourage creativity   
  • Promote active learning  
  • Provide discussion opportunities   

Further details will be provided about how to submit entries later in the year.  The Exhibition will largely be hosted online, but a selection of images will be printed in hard copy format.  

For more information please contact Laura Largey – Development Officer via email