National Office

The national office is responsible for carrying out Educate Together’s role as a patron and a school management body. The national office offers guidance to our schools and their Boards of Management and supports the development of the Educate Together network nationwide. The national office switchboard (01 4292500 / info@educatetogether.ie) is manned between 09:00 – 13:00 and 14:00 – 17:00 on weekdays.

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National office work

The Educate Together national office is working towards an Ireland in which all people have access to an excellent education that is inclusive of all, irrespective of belief system, ethnicity, class, culture, gender, language, sexuality, family background and ability.  We plan for the development of new equality-based schools around the county by facilitating the growth of voluntary campaign groups in local areas. 

For our schools, the Educate Together national office provides a comprehensive support programme.  We provide support to Boards of Management, teachers and staff.  Our team provides management support and professional advice on procedural and HR issues, as well as an intensive support service for individual schools where required. 

As a school patron, we represent our network of schools to the Department of Education and Skills on a range of policy issues.  We talk to politicians and policy-makers on the issues that parents in our schools care about – protecting the education budget, the need for permanent school buildings rather than prefabs, the on-going struggle faced by schools and parents handling cut-backs in special needs allocations.  We champion parents’ rights to choose the type of education they want their child to have. 

The work of the national office is organised into defined programme areas, with staff deployed to projects within these programmes according to needs and available resources:

  • Governance and Patronage (GP)
  • Education and Support (ES)
  • New Schools (NS)
  • Finance, HR and Administration (FHA)
  • Development and Fundraising (DF)
  • Communications and Advocacy (CA)
  • Representation and International Development (ID)

National office policies

Educate Together has developed clear policies and procedures in order to carry out our responsibilities as a patron and as a national office. The national office Patronage Manual, Child Safeguarding Statement and GDPR Privacy Policy are all available to download below.

The national office Complaints Policy is available to download below. Parents wishing to make a complaint against a school or individual staff member of a school should contact the relevant school authorities. Details of the procedures can be found on the website of the Department of Education and Skills. The national office can only provide assistance to those who have already followed the above outlined procedures. While we understand that callers, occasionally, may wish to remain anonymous, we are not in a position to investigate complaints in these circumstances.