Three new second-level schools opened in 2014 with Educate Together involved as patron, co-patron or as partner:
- Hansfield Educate Together Secondary School (Dublin 15) - a voluntary secondary school under the patronage of Educate Together.
- Ballymakenny College (Drogheda, Co Louth) - community college under the joint patronage of Educate Together and Louth and Meath ETB
- Kishoge Community College (Lucan, Co Dublin) - a community college under the patronage of Dublin and Dún Laoghaire ETB, working in formal partnership with Educate Together.
These schools represent a new approach to second-level education – developing a welcoming, inclusive school community that enables young people to meet their full potential in society and focussing on the lifelong learning needs of students.
Educate Together recognises that parents and community representatives in all these areas have campaigned for many years for access to Educate Together schools in their community.
Paul Rowe CEO Educate Together: ‘Students need a breadth of skills and attributes to succeed in today’s diverse world and changing workplace. They need to be able to learn, unlearn and relearn throughout their lives. Our second-level schools aim to provide an education that will enable all students to contribute meaningfully to their communities, embrace the rights and responsibilities of citizenship in a democratic society and develop the knowledge and skills necessary to live their lives and to build their careers in the 21st century.’
Our Second-level Schools
Educate Together second-level schools provide a caring and supportive school community that nurtures each student’s personal, social and academic potential throughout their school career.
Our approach at second-level moves away from 'teaching to the test' and towards an emphasis on the learner. Students develop skills in creative and critical thinking, communication, teamwork, research and leadership.
Teachers in an Educate Together second-level school use the best teaching and learning methods to make students’ learning active, relevant, challenging and enjoyable.
Our ethos provides a strong moral, ethical and spiritual framework for the whole school community, and informs all policies and practices in the daily life of the school. Students follow an ethical curriculum, which includes learning about different religions and belief systems.
Our vision is for a new model of second-level school, one that places the student - your child – at its centre. We aim to create a vibrant, welcoming school community to which every student feels a real sense of belonging. Read our Brochure for Parents to find out more about our schools.
The vision for Educate Together second-level schools is described in our Taking the Next Step: A Blueprint for an Educate Together Second-level School. This comprehensive document draws on Irish and international research and shows how the Educate Together model delivers key life skills as well as academic success. It has been widely praised by educationalists, industry figures, parents and students.
Second-level Start-up Groups
Second-level Brochure for Parents
People now see that our second-level schools need new, innovative approaches for the 21st century. Our Brochure for Parents provides information about what our schools will be like.
Blueprint for Educate Together Second-level Schools
The details of how our second-level schools will run are outlined in the Blueprint for Educate Together Second-level Schools. This documents in detail how the Educate Together model delivers key life skills as well as academic performance.
Ballymakenny College Brochure
Ballymakenny College: an Educate Together and County Louth Meath ETB partnership school. Download the brochure here.
Hansfield Educate Together Secondary School Brochure
Introductory brochure to Educate Together's new 1,000 place Second-Level school opening in 2014 in Hansfield, Dublin 15.
Kishoge Community College Brochure
Under the patronage of Dublin & Dún Laoghaire ETB, Kishoge Community College operates in formal partnership with Educate Together. Download the brochure here.
Feasibility Study on Educate Together Second-level Schools
In September 2006 Trinity College Dublin delivered to Educate Together an Initial Feasibility Study concerned with exploring the possibility that Educate Together might develop a novel type of second-level school, a type of school better suited to the needs and circumstances of twenty-first century Ireland than its current secondaries, which largely evolved in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.