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Integrated education approach is flawed

Published 29/08/2016

Your correspondent Baroness Blood raises the question: why are calls for integrated schools so difficult to hear?

Baroness Blood is writing in her capacity as campaign chair of the Integrated Education Fund and I would suggest she is not open-minded in her approach to this matter.

There can be more than one approach to our children being educated together. Her strategy has attracted only 7% of pupils into the integrated sector.

It is therefore right that, within the Fresh Start Agreement, the issue is addressed, but only with support from schools, community, parents and pupils.

I had the benefit of attending Methodist College and mixed with many nationalities, colours and creeds. Methody does not sit within the integrated sector, but achieves status as an integrated school.

Baroness Blood needs to accept there are successful initiatives to educating our children together outside of her preferred approach.

CLLR ADAM NEWTON (DUP)

Belfast City Council

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