Following a constructive meeting between Educate Together and the Department of Education last week concerning the enrolment restrictions imposed on five Educate Together schools, Educate Together is pleased to confirm that the Department has agreed that all five schools should be facilitated to develop into 8 classroom full stream schools.
Commenting on this welcome development, Educate Together CEO Paul Rowe said:
“Educate Together is very pleased that the Department has responded positively to the case it has made in support of these five schools. The Department’s apparently discriminatory policy towards these schools has caused great distress to prospective parents and the staff of Tramore ETNS, New Ross ETNS, Trim ETNS, Tuam ETNS and Castlebar ETNS and considerable public reaction.”
Educate Together is also pleased to announce that the Department has committed to working with Educate Together to ensure that suitable and sufficient accommodation is made available to allow the schools to grow to full stream capacity. This is to be achieved through a combination of school expansions, sourcing more suitable accommodations and through engaging with relevant patrons bodies and school leaders with a view to reconfiguring school provision in the areas.
Educate Together would like to thank all all those who have supported these five school communities – politicians of all parties and the many people who expressed their support through mainstream and social media.