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EACEA National Policies Platform


6. Education and Training

Last update: 22 January 2021

LAST MODIFIED ON: 25/10/2020 - 22:55

The Northern Ireland education system is characterised by a high degree of segregation along denominational lines, with the majority of Roman Catholic pupils and Protestant pupils being educated separately. Initiatives which address this, including integrated education and shared education, are important and are among the topics covered in this chapter.

Regarding wider intercultural awareness, the Intercultural Education Service (IES) is a regional service for Northern Ireland, formed in 2017 through the amalgamation of the Inclusion and Diversity Service and the Traveller Education Support Service. Support is provided to schools to enable them to improve their understanding of, and provision for, groups such as ‘newcomer pupils’. These are pupils whose home language is not English or Irish and who may require support in school for this reason.