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Working Together to Create a More Inclusive Society

Maeve Corish, Principal of Donabate Portrane ETNS, on how the school became an Ashoka Changemaker School this year. In Spring 2014 I was approached by Conor Ward of Ashoka Ireland and asked if DPETNS was interested in becoming a Changemaker school - schools that worked to develop empathy and a sense of social entrepreneurism in their students.  Not wanting to create an extra layer of work for a...

CEO Blog: Educate Together's Urgent Need for Funding

These last two weeks, we have been appealing for our supporters to take out a direct debit to support our work. There has been a lot of concern about Educate Together's finances. Whilst our current network is strong and secure, we urgently need additional resources to meet the scale of demand for new Educate Together schools. At the moment, we have confirmed projects ready to move with...

October 2014: Educate Together is now entering a period of real financial crisis.

Paul Rowe, Educate Together CEO

Educate Together is now entering a period of real financial crisis. Unless resolved, this may force us to significantly reduce services to schools - and it may dramatically reduce our ability to transform the Irish education system.  Will you consider supporting Educate Together with a monthly direct debit gift today? More parents than ever want to send their children to an Educate Together...

School Patronage Reassignment FAQs

For the last few years, Educate Together have only been able to open schools where there is a shortage of school places due to population growth. However, we are now opening schools in areas where the population is stable and where there is demand from parents for Educate Together schools. Over 96 per cent of schools in Ireland are denominational (religion or faith based) and this is not a true...

'Manageable, interesting and enjoyable'

Pauline Quinn, Aston Village ETNS

Pauline Quinn, of Aston Village ETNS, on Educate Together and St Patrick's College of Education Post-gradate Certificate in Ethical and Multi-denominational Education.  'I was one of the first students on the Postgraduate Certificate in Ethical and Multi-denominational Education. I am delighted to have participated in the course as I found it very enjoyable and hugely beneficial to my teaching...

We have to start thinking of education for the 22nd Century

Today, six new Educate Together primary schools will start their first full week. Three of them - Shellybanks ETNS in South Dublin,Malahide / Portmarnock ETNS in North Dublin, and Knocknacarra ETNS in West Galway - are new schools, opening in areas of rapid growth of school-going population. The other three are part of the ‘re-assignment of patronage process’. This aims to create a choice in...

'It doesn’t matter what you call it, what’s important is what it means.' - Interview with Rody Ryan

Rody Ryan, founder member of Educate Together, former Chairperson of North Dublin National School Project and the originator of the Educate Together Charter.

'In the early 1980s, our children were young – my daughter was two. We were living in East Wall on the north side of Dublin and we were looking at the schools in the area to see what choices were available. We found - typically enough for Ireland at that time – that all the choices were for a Catholic school or a Protestant school; a boys’ school or a girls’ school – all of these choices breaking...

Pressure on Parents Unconscionable and Inappropriate

Paul Rowe, Educate Together CEO

Last week, it was great to hear the United Nations Human Rights Committee once again recommended that the Irish State increase the availability of non-denominational schools in Ireland. I’m not going to get into the discussion over the labels “non-denominational”, “secular” and “multi-denominational” here but suffice to say, the Educate Together model of schooling satisfies all the requirements...

Reflections on Minister Quinn's Time in Office

Paul Rowe, Educate Together CEO

I think it is very unfortunate that political realities have brought about Ruairi Quinn’s premature resignation as Minister for Education and Skills. His passion for the Education post has been evident from the start. He has brought a depth of ministerial experience and ability to the Department and made much progress. There have been many comments about his contributions to Irish life and...

Behind the Scenes at Local Election Count in RDS

Fionnuala Ward, Primary Education Officer

I found it hard to drag myself off the sofa and wander down to the polling station. I was definitely going to vote but had let a couple of hours slip by dozing and flicking channels and now it all seemed such a chore. As I handed over the card it had taken me a good 5 minutes to locate, I was vaguely aware of a man in his 40s, most probably from an Indian or South East Asian background, asking...

Latest News

Educate Together and DoneDeal launch new programme to promote responsible pet ownership in primary schools

Funded by DoneDeal’s PetAware projects, Educate Together is launching a new programme of lesson plans teaching responsible pet ownership to...

14/11/2014

A severe lack of funds is putting Educate Together's vital work at risk

Educate Together is now entering a period of real financial crisis. Unless resolved, this may force us to significantly reduce services...

17/10/2014
Network News

Holywell ETNS Becomes a Digital School of Distinction

Holywell Educate Together N.S. Swords has been named a ‘Digital...

06/11/2014

Carrigaline ETNS and Wicklow ETNS winners in 10th FÍS Film Festival

Many congratulations to the pupils of Carrigaline Educate Together NS...

05/11/2014
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