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

Rody Ryan, founder member and former Chairperson of North Dublin National School Project

Rody Ryan, one of the founders and former Chairperson of the North Dublin National School Project, recently visited us in the national office and spoke about his experiences setting up the school in the early 1980s.  '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...

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...

Is ‘multi-denominational’ an ethos?

Emer, Chief Operating Officer

Fr Michael Drumm is right - there is a lot of confusion in the language around school ethos and religion in Ireland (The Irish Catholic, Thursday April 3rd). How are parents supposed to know what ‘multi-denominational’ means, when it means different things in different schools? What does any school mean by ‘religious education’? And so on. A word of wisdom passed on to me when I started working...

Belief Systems - the toughest strand to get right?

Fionnuala Ward, Primary Education Officer

Educate Together's ethical education curriculum at primary level is, of course, the Learn Together with its four strands: Moral and Spiritual, Equality and Justice, Belief Systems and Ethics and the Environment. Belief Systems addresses the main world religions: Judaism, Hinduism, Islam, Christianity, Sikhism and Buddhism. Of all four strands, it’s probably the hardest to get right and certainly...

Stand Up! Awareness Week against Homophobic & Transphobic Bullying: March 2014

Luke, Communications Officer

Advance Notice! Stand Up! Awareness Week against Homophobic & Transphobic Bullying 10th – 14th March 2014 Don’t Stand for Homophobic or Transphobic Bullying! We’re delighted to announce the dates for BeLonGTo’s next national Stand Up! Awareness Week: 10th – 14th March 2014. Stand Up! is funded by the Department of Education and endorsed by education partners such as Educate Together to tackle...

LGBT Teachers in Educate Together Schools

Paul Rowe, CEO

As the storms crash in, all kinds of issues are tumbling around. Uniforms in schools, Union resistance to reforms, outlandish claims aimed at suppressing free speech about homophobia, and now the rights of LGBT teachers in Irish schools. Where to start? Today for one. The Irish Times says that Irish schools are failing LGBT teachers. Well, in Educate Together schools we do not discriminate...

Addressing LGBT Issues in School

Fionnuala Ward, Primary Education Officer

In this month’s issue of Teacher News, Hilary Mc Loughlin, from Kildare ETNS, writes a really interesting article about how to deal with LGBT issues at primary level. This is an area we’ve been attempting to tackle for some time now. Educate Together has run two summer courses for teachers, in association with BeLonGTo, on Addressing Homophobia in Schools and there are a number of sections...

Educate Together Scientists of Tomorrow!

Jenny Dunne, Communications Intern

Young scientists from the laboratories and classrooms of four Educate Together schools are making an impact at the 2014 RDS Primary Science Fair this week! The fair, which is part of the BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition , aims to encourage and facilitate primary school aged children across the island of Ireland to develop a long term interest in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering...

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‘A new second-level experience’ - Hansfield Educate Together Secondary School opens its door to its first cohort of students

On Tuesday 26 August Hansfield Educate Together Secondary School, the first post-primary school under the direct patronage of Educate...

26/08/2014

Kishoge Community College opens in Lucan, Co. Dublin

On Monday 25 August, Kishoge Community College in Lucan, West Dublin opened its doors for the first time. Kishoge CC will operate under the...

25/08/2014
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Six New Educate Together National Schools Enrolling for September 2014

Below is a list of new Educate Together National Schools that have a...

22/08/2014

Rochestown ETNS is a Digital School of Distinction

Rochestown Educate Together National School was recently validated as...

07/07/2014
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