The NEELB has secured funding from the International Fund for Ireland (IFI) and The Atlantic Philanthropies to develop a Primary Integrating / Enriching Education (PIEE) project. PIEE set out to develop cross community partnerships of primary schools in close proximity to each other, providing opportunities for pupils to take part in activities with pupils from other schools in the area, including shared classes. In practice this involved establishing and supporting 11 partnerships, (made up of 28 schools, 25 of which had less than 105 pupils) to work in an increasingly collaborative way at organisational, staff and pupil level over the four year period. The schools in each partnership focused on curricular development in the areas of The World Around Us, Personal Development & Mutual Understanding and The Arts as well as delivering significant professional development for staff and opportunities for joint activities for parents and governors.
This project is supported by the North Eastern Education and Library Board (NEELB), the Council for Catholic Maintained Schools (CCMS), the Northern Ireland Council for Integrated Education (NICIE) and Comhairle na Gaelscolaíochta (CnaG). Representative of each organisation sit on the Project Steering Group.
PIEE - An Introduction Video
Roisin Marshall, NEELB Support Officer for the PIEE Pilot Project, gives an introduction to the project, its aims, implementation and benefits to participating schools.