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School Patronage Reconfiguration FAQs

For the last few years, Educate Together have only been able to open schools where there is a shortage of school places due to population growth. However, we are now opening schools in areas where the population is stable and where there is demand from parents for Educate Together schools. Over 96 per cent of schools in Ireland are denominational (religion or faith based) and this is not a true...

'Manageable, interesting and enjoyable'

Pauline Quinn, Aston Village ETNS

Pauline Quinn, of Aston Village ETNS, on Educate Together and St Patrick's College of Education Post-gradate Certificate in Ethical and Multi-denominational Education.  'I was one of the first students on the Postgraduate Certificate in Ethical and Multi-denominational Education. I am delighted to have participated in the course as I found it very enjoyable and hugely beneficial to my teaching...

We have to start thinking of education for the 22nd Century

Today, six new Educate Together primary schools will start their first full week. Three of them - Shellybanks ETNS in South Dublin, Malahide / Portmarnock ETNS in North Dublin, and Knocknacarra ETNS in West Galway - are new schools, opening in areas of rapid growth of school-going population. The other three are part of the ‘re-assignment of patronage process’. This aims to create a choice in...

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

Rody Ryan, founder member of Educate Together, former Chairperson of North Dublin National School Project and the originator of the Educate Together Charter.

'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 choices were available. We found - typically enough for Ireland at that time – that all the choices were for a Catholic school or a Protestant school; a boys’ school or a girls’ school – all of these choices breaking...

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...

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Educate Together To Apply For 12 Primary Schools 
To Open in 2019

Educate Together welcomes Minister Joe McHugh's invitation to patrons to apply for twelve new national schools to open in 2019 and...


Educate Together To Open Four New Second-level Schools in Dublin, Galway, Meath and Wicklow

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Deputy Principal of Firhouse Educate Together Secondary School Announced

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