The organisational structure, dynamics and strategy of integrated education in Northern Ireland

  • John Milliken

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy


In Northern Ireland, the framework of the education system has been largely set by the 1947 Education Act and the Education Reform Order (1989). Within the framework established by this legislation, there have been a number of other significant initiatives, perhaps most notably the development of integrated education for Protestants and Catholics. It is twenty years since the
first planned integrated school was opened in Northern Ireland and the place of the sector now appears to be secure. However, despite this evident success, the number of integrated schools remains small (50 out of a total number of schools of a little over 1,000) and the proportion of pupils attending integrated schools is only about five per cent. In addition, under current arrangements, two types of integrated schools can exist. The main purpose of this study is to examine the state of the integrated sector at the start of the 21st century and to consider some of the strategic challenges the sector faces in the new millennium.
Date of Award2003
Original languageEnglish
Awarding Institution
  • Queen's University Belfast
SupervisorTony Gallagher (Supervisor)

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