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Review of Integrated Education gets underway

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A review of integrated education setting out how the sector can be developed for the future will be completed by June 2016.

The Education Minister John O’Dowd has appointed Northern Ireland Council for Integrated Education (NICIE) President Colm Cavanagh and Professor Margaret Topping from Queen’s University to undertake the review.

Commenting on the review, Minister O’Dowd said: “The growth of the sector has slowed in the last decade and this review is an opportunity to examine how to support the effective planning, growth and development of integrated education in the twenty-first century. It will also look at how we develop a more integrated education system in its widest sense, which will bring together increasing numbers of Protestant and Catholic pupils within all of our schools.

“I am delighted to confirm that Colm Cavanagh and Margaret Topping will undertake the review. Their experience will be hugely beneficial in what is undoubtedly a substantial piece of work. Critically, the Review will consider how the potential capital investment from the Stormont House Agreement for shared and integrated education can be best used to increase the numbers of Catholic and Protestant pupils being educated together.

Concluding, Minister O’Dowd said: “The panel will of course engage with the integrated schools sector as part of the process. I have asked for the review to be completed by June this year.”

The Review Team has been asked to undertake a strategic assessment across all aspects of current planning and development of integrated education and produce proposals and recommendations to support the effective planning, growth and development of a more integrated education system in the form of a report incorporating its analysis, findings and recommendations.

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