In 1981, there were 28 pupils in integrated education.
By 2000/2001, that figure had rocketed to 13,847.
- A decade later, integrated schools were home to 20,535 pupils.
- In the 2013/2014 school year, there were 21,206 pupils in integrated schools.
- That means, between the turn of the millennium and June this year, integrated education increased its pupil numbers by 53%.
- In 2000/2001, the Catholic maintained sector had 123,750 pupils.
- A decade later, that figure had spiralled to 112,686.
- In the 2013/2014 school year, that number was 114,222.
That means, between 2000/2001 and 2013/2014, the percentage of pupils attending Catholic maintained schools plummeted by 7.7%.
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