Educate Together has its roots in the Dalkey School Project founded in 1978. A committed group of educationalists and parents established the organisation with the stated aim:
“To develop and support in Ireland the establishment of schools which are multi-denominational (i.e. with equal right of access for the children of Catholic, Protestant and other parents, and with the cultural and social background of each child held in equal respect), co-educational and managed under a system which is predominantly democratic in character, wherever and whenever there is viable local support for such a school.”
The school opened at the start of the 1978-79 school year in temporary premises with Florrie Armstrong as the school principal. By 1984 two other multi-denominational schools had been started and Educate Together was established as a co-ordinating umbrella body. The organisation became a company limited by guarantee in 1998 and from the year 2000, all new Educate Together schools operate with the patronage of the national company. Educate Together has charitable status in Ireland.
Today, Educate Together operates a small national office which provides professional representative and support services to existing schools and Start-up groups. The Directors and members of the company work in a voluntary capacity.
The number of schools operated by Educate Together has grown to a nationwide network of 77 schools. Educate Together has been campaigning for ten years for sanction from the Department of Education and Skills to open a second level-school. This hard fought campaign's objective was realised in July 2012 when the Minister announced that Educate Together second-level schools are to open in Drogheda, Lucan and West Blanchardstown.
What is an Educate Together National School?
Educate Together schools are a multi-denominational, co-educational, child centred, and democratically run. Educate Together schools are open to every child. Hit the Download button to learn more!
Multi-Denominational Schools in the Republic of Ireland 1975-1995
Paper written by Professor Áine Hyland, Professor of Education, University College, Cork, focusing on the history and structure of the education system in the Republic of Ireland.
Educate Together Schools - Core Values and Ethos
In this paper, Paul Rowe, Educate Together Chairperson explores the atmosphere and culture within which Educate Together schools operate. The paper was read at the 'School Culture and Ethos - Cracking the Code' conference in 2000.
The Origin, Development and Potential of the Educate Together Ethos
Keynote Speech delivered by Paul Rowe, Educate Together CEO, at the Educate Together Ethos Conference, 2003: The Educate Together model of education is a unique product of the Irish National School system. Now at a time when it is fast becoming an option of choice for many new parents in Ireland, the movement is making itself open to evaluation and research on an unprecedented scale and needs to define its central characteristics with greater clarity and to a larger audience.
Challenges for the Irish Education System for the Next Generation and Beyond
Challenges for the Irish Education System for the Next Generation and Beyond: the Issue of School Patronage - Article submitted by Áine Hyland, Professor of Education, University College Cork, for SEARCH (August 2006)
School Sector Variation Among Primary Schools in Ireland
The ESRI report School Sector Variation among Primary Schools in Ireland, published 23 October 2012, provides new insights into the growing diversification of types of schools at primary level in Ireland.