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LGBT Teachers in Educate Together Schools

Paul Rowe, CEO

As the storms crash in, all kinds of issues are tumbling around. Uniforms in schools, Union resistance to reforms, outlandish claims aimed at suppressing free speech about homophobia, and now the rights of LGBT teachers in Irish schools. Where to start? Today for one. The Irish Times says that Irish schools are failing LGBT teachers. Well, in Educate Together schools we do not discriminate...

Addressing LGBT Issues in School

Fionnuala Ward, Primary Education Officer

In this month’s issue of Teacher News, Hilary Mc Loughlin, from Kildare ETNS, writes a really interesting article about how to deal with LGBT issues at primary level. This is an area we’ve been attempting to tackle for some time now. Educate Together has run two summer courses for teachers, in association with BeLonGTo, on Addressing Homophobia in Schools and there are a number of sections...

Educate Together Scientists of Tomorrow!

Jenny Dunne, Communications Intern

Young scientists from the laboratories and classrooms of four Educate Together schools are making an impact at the 2014 RDS Primary Science Fair this week! The fair, which is part of the BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition , aims to encourage and facilitate primary school aged children across the island of Ireland to develop a long term interest in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering...

A History of Ireland in 100 Objects

Fionnuala Ward, Primary Education Officer

Lessons on Selected Objects from: A History of Ireland in 100 Objects Almost two years ago, I opened The Irish Times, one lazy Saturday afternoon, and found myself looking a picture of a headless horseman. It wasn’t a particularly scary headless horseman. Much more an accidental one. It was as if the rider’s head had left its body in a moment of absentmindedness. The picture was actually of...

Ethos Conference 2013

Fionnuala Ward, Primary Education Officer

Three of us were involved in organising this year's Ethos Conference on Nov 23rd. Three is a nice number - small enough for genuine discussion when arrangements get going and big enough to spread the blame around when things haven't gone to plan. Organising events like this tap into something deeply primeval. What if nobody comes? What if it's just the three of us and a pile of rapidly depleting...

Educate Together: We don't teach atheism, we teach about atheism

Paul, CEO

I was travelling in the UK last month and came back to quite a furore about an article in the Guardian newspaper and on the Guardian website. The writer had asserted that Educate Together had "won the right" to teach "that God doesn't exist" in Ireland! In the end the paper printed a correction and published a letter I wrote to the editor but not before social media sites had echoed with quite a...

Féilte, World Teachers Day 2013

Ann Ryan, Second-level Education Officer

On Saturday 5 October, I attended Féilte, the Teaching Council-organised Festival of Education in Learning and Teaching Excellence which was held at the Royal Hospital, Kilmainham. Over 300 hundred teachers were there, a great turnout.   The day itself was billed as an opportunity for teachers to explore, discuss and celebrate professional practice, and with over 30 innovative teaching projects...

Educate Together CEO Paul Rowe Reacts to Budget 2014

Paul, CEO

After long months awaiting a fearful round of cuts and reductions in Budget 2014, we are very relieved to see that there have been no further reductions in resources for front-line services in schools. I think we have to say that this is a tremendous achievement at a very difficult financial time. The significant increases in teacher employment to meet demographic increases and resource hours...

St Patrick V St Brigid

Fionnuala Ward, Primary Education Officer

For the past couple of years, I've put together a Teacher Calendar highlighting the main religious festivals as well as general days of interest that teachers may or may not be aware of. These days fit nicely into the Learn Together e.g. World Refugee Day, Fairtrade Fortnight, Tree Week etc. The calendar has to reflect the six main world religions, as fairly or as near to fairly as possible, and...

Conference on Religious Education in UCC

Fionnuala Ward

These conferences can often be made up of the usual suspects - ourselves included! But this really had an international feel, with delegates from Russia, the UK, Japan and Denmark amongst other countries. A speaker from Canada presented on the West's perception of Hinduism and other Asian belief systems. Basically, he argued that we in the West tend to have a very Judaeo-Christian view of...

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