Supporting Our Network
Educate Together supports its network of schools and new school start-up groups with a range of services and events.
Leadership and Governance Department (LGD)
This team provides support and advice to schools on a wide variety of issues. A team of four: Deirdre O’Donoghue (Head of Department), Louise Daly (School Support Officer), Sarah Williams (Volunteer Officer) and Emma Grainger (Ethos Development Officer) they work closely together to help schools maintain a high level of leadership and governance.
Support for our schools is a core function of the LGD team. The advice they offer covers issues ranging from interpreting DES Circulars, providing advice on HR issues, advising of changes in procedures, etc.
The LGD team also issue the Educate Together Board of Management Newsletter monthly throughout the school year. This is an invaluable source of up-to-date information on a range of issues of interest to Boards of Management.
Part of the role of the team is to build and maintain good relationships with other management and patron bodies, so that we can share resources and work with the Department of Education and Skills as a united voice for management whenever possible.
Working with parents and start-up groups
Educate Together works directly with parent groups around the country who want to establish an Educate Together school in their community. Our Regional Development Officers (RDO) help to establish and support these local 'start-up' groups and work with them throughout the school establishment process and beyond. RDOs also work to support the school's management structures through its early years of operation. They also work on an ongoing basis to represent the interests of the schools in their region to the Department of Education and Skills and other educational forums. For contact information on start-up groups near you see http://www.educatetogether.ie/our-schools
Supporting our Membership
Educate Together is a democratic organisation whose policy direction is set by its membership. The National Office organise a series of membership meetings throughout the year called National Forums. The organisation's Annual General Meeting is held in a member school building each year. See the Conference & Events section for further details.