A New Model of Second-level School
The first Educate Together second-level schools will open in September 2014:
- Ballymakenny College (Drogheda, Co Louth)
- Hansfield Educate Together Secondary School (Blanchardstown West, Dublin 15)
- Kishoge Community College (Lucan, Co. Dublin)
Educate Together second-level schools will 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 Schools (opening 2014)
Second-level Start-up Groups
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.
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.
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.