NICIE aims to assist the development of integrated education and schools in Northern Ireland for the public benefit. In so doing, planned integrated education means the education together of children of Protestant and Catholic cultures and traditions with children of other beliefs on a broadly equal footing, within a Christian ethos.
Projects and Activities
: NICIE supports parents who wish to open new integrated schools and works within schools seeking to transform to become more integrated in character NICIE offers advice and support to established integrated schools. This includes training events, seminars, workshops and annual induction for new teachers and parent representatives NICIE provides a democratic structure where member schools determine the organisation's policies and elect a Board of Directors NICIE acts as a representative voice for integrated schools to statutory and non-statutory bodies
NICIE adopted in 1991, a set of principles, updated in 2007, to underpin religious balance in governing bodies, staffing policy and pupil admissions criteria to which member schools subscribe in defining the integrating character of affiliated schools, a major element of integrated schools is the high level of parental involvement and the child-centred philosophy within the curriculum.