Intercultural Education Service (IES)

The Intercultural Education Service helps schools to meet the additional educational needs of pupils from our target communities: Traveller; Newcomer; Asylum-Seekers; Refugees and Roma.

We provide advice, guidance and focused support to schools, families and other educational support services to help meet our Education Authority main aims:

"To give our children and young people the best start in life and to provide a high quality education for every child"

Education in Northern Ireland Videos

This series of videos has been created to help parents, particularly Newcomer families who may be refugee-experienced, with issues they may encounter when their children first attend school and throughout their education. Children and young people may also find them helpful. To watch the video with subtitles, click on your home language below.

  • School Meals and Uniforms

    School Meals and Uniforms

    Some families are entitled to extra support with meals and uniforms for school. Watch here for information on how to find out if you are eligible and how to apply for this support.

  • Transport Assistance

    School Transport Assistance

    This video shows how you can check if you might be eligible for transport support to and from school, and how you can apply for this support.

  • Education Journey

    The Education Journey

    Watch here to help you find a school place for your child, and to help you understand the structure of the education system in Northern Ireland.

  • Intercultural Awareness in Schools

    Intercultural Awareness in Schools

    If your family is new to life in Northern Ireland, this video will help you understand what schools can and should do to support your children during their education.

  • Image: Animated picture of people bullying a person

    Effective Responses to Bullying Behaviour

    Bullying is an unfortunate part of school life for some pupils. Watch here to find out what bullying is, what parents can do and how they can work with schools to address the issue.

Last updated: 14/09/2020