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  • Remembering Seán Murphy | Educate Together
    meetings for the Lucan Educate Together school We had received a request from a residents association and I travelled with Deirdre O Donoghue our National Coordinator to try an find an address in the new suburbs It was the days of Lucan Planning there were no street names or numbers and no mobile phones It took many enquiries from passers by until we found the place Later at a packed meeting in the Foxhunter pub the residents decided on an Educate Together school and Seán came forward as one of parents who wanted to make it a reality Lucan was the first time we had encountered the reality of Ireland s clash of housing needs and corrupt planning Thousands of houses were built with no provision for schools Sites were reserved but there was no drive or capability in central or local government to make schools happen It fell to people like Seán and many others to take up the challenge of making schools a reality It started first in the scout den on the Liffey flood plain in the village I remember at the official opening Seán insisting that a presentation was shown to demonstrate the modern technology that even a school in a scout den could have and later him helping a bottle of wishes to be launched into the river later found in Anglesey The school and its parents staff and supporters mounted a strong and effective campaign to force government to provide a proper building After many crises and courageous initiatives the school was first established in prefabs and then in the end in its current permanent building in Bewley Way Seán was for many years the leader of this effort chairing the Executive Committee and at different times the Board of Management using his technical

    Original URL path: http://www.educatetogether.ie/blog/remembering-se%C3%A1n-murphy (2016-01-10)
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  • CEO Blog: The Leaving Cert poorly prepares students for the realities they now face | Educate Together
    Leaving Certificate results have been published tweeted and texted the world over There have been whoops of joy and cries of angst as students examined their marks This is a rite of passage that comes with an almost cathartic sense of relief from students and parents alike It is time for us to reflect on what this annual ritual means The Leaving Cert defines our second level education system It maintains a vice like grip on the type of schooling young people experience Students are drilled and drilled again in what is necessary to maximise their exam scores Subjects are often chosen for points rather than for a genuine interest The Irish exam system is outdated and crude The Leaving Cert is an outdated crude and brutal instrument It is long overdue for fundamental reform It perpetuates a system of learning that poorly prepares students for either the realities of third level education or modern life in general This high stakes exam taken at a particular stage of a student s life does not reflect their performance throughout their years in school It only measures a small segment of an individual s intellectual ability and completely ignores many human competencies that are crucial for personal success At its core it is a test of memory and writing It forces our young people to become adept at a two week long marathon of fast and legible hand writing a skill that they will never ever need again and that has long become obsolete The ability to evaluate research and critically assess The exam is a test of knowledge of the right answer rather than a test of the ability to evaluate research and critically assess When students do arrive at their first year in college they are required to sign a non plagiarism statement to affirm that the work submitted is their own It beggars belief that our system actually drills students for six years to do precisely the opposite A much wider range of skills needs to be assessed in order to give young people an accurate picture of their capabilities and knowledge This broader means of assessment is also necessary to ensure that students are properly prepared for third level education Far too much of first year of college is devoted to changing the learning style of students and far too many students drop out when they find themselves unable to adjust A new final assessment of students at second level should include a portfolio of their concrete achievements It should include evidence of innovative project work for example It should also measure a student s abilities in self management and wellbeing Students should be able to communicate effectively in the modern world be critical and creative thinkers be able to work in teams develop leadership skills manage information and have an awareness of intercultural and global issues The points system s failures Dentistry is one career for which the highest Leaving Cert points are needed In conversation with

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  • CEO Blog: Gender and Schools | Educate Together
    at the highest level Female teachers are the overwhelming majority in our schools but few occupy senior positions in the Department of Education teachers unions or professional associations In politics and power The situation is abysmal and there is little sign of progress So what does this say about the progress of gender equity in Ireland It is brilliant that in the legal profession the glass ceiling appears to be well and truly shattered and these developments should be welcomed as an important milestone on the the journey towards real equality for women However gender roles and stereotyping remain prevalent and strong Women on average earn less than men for similar roles are over represented in many supporting or caring occupations We still colour code babies by gender at birth and connect this coding with many social and cultural expectations and assumptions Way back in the 1970s Educate Together was set up with one of its four legal pillars to be co educational and committed to encouraging all children to explore their full range of abilities and opportunities In the ensuing years this legal obligation has been taken to mean that all our schools should have a comprehensive and conscious programme to counter gender stereotyping in all aspects of school life Looking back and forward after 20 years working in the sector I m not sure how far we have travelled There is no doubt that many Educate Together schools successfully challenge gender based cultural assumptions that limit a child s expectations and motivation Our equality based ethos has also allowed us to make significant progress in addressing issues around sexuality in a school setting for pupils their families and the staffs I m happy that I can list examples in which schools have really taken on gender attitudes in school life particularly in sports technology and science dance and performance I am very much aware that at the primary level between the ages of four to twelve there is great scope For example in sports at these ages there is no physiological difference in capability between girls and boys and so little reason for division into separate teams At this age there is a superb opportunity to build an attitudinal foundations These foundations can address the social pressures that impinge most sharply after puberty This pressure intensifies in the first three years of secondary school 13 16 and is generally the period in which a young adult first defines their own identity who they feel they are and what they conceive of their expectations of life Looking forward up until this year Educate Together has always signed off on the work done at the primary level and hoped for the best as we wave off our pupils as they head off into a whole variety of different second level schools We celebrate eight years of work with them at national school and remain confident that the work we have done will stand them all in good stead whatever path

    Original URL path: http://www.educatetogether.ie/blog/ceo-blog-gender-and-schools (2016-01-10)
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  • Wicklow ETNS filmakers Fís Film Festival entry! | Educate Together
    Appointment Process Redeployment Panels Contracts of Employment Disciplinary Procedures Special Education Needs Special Units Manual Accommodation Leases Insurance Relevant Contracts Tax Buildings and Repairs School Support Policies Good Practice Templates Policies Child Protection Children First Garda Vetting Patronage Enrolment Patronage our Manual Use of Charity Number National Office Policies and Procedures Courses CPD For Teachers For Boards of Management Certificate Course Resources for Schools Toolkit for schools Advocacy Media News National News Strategy Media Kit News Archive All Events School News Newsletters Publications Resources Annual Reports Accounts Resources Advocacy Our Campaigns EqualAccess EqualRespect Educate Together To Apply for Patronage of Six New Schools for 2017 and 2018 Research Annual Survey How to Help Accountability Resource Allocation Finances and Governance Ways To Help Donate Volunteer One Day Together Leave a Legacy Invest Home Wicklow ETNS filmakers Fís Film Festival entry Advocacy Media News National News Strategy Media Kit News Archive All Events School News Newsletters Publications Resources Annual Reports Accounts Resources Advocacy Our Campaigns EqualAccess EqualRespect Educate Together To Apply for Patronage of Six New Schools for 2017 and 2018 Research Annual Survey Educate Together Blog Educate Together Blog Wicklow ETNS filmakers Fís Film Festival entry Luke Communications Officer 1 Jul

    Original URL path: http://www.educatetogether.ie/blog/i-am-rafal (2016-01-10)
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  • A week of notable moments for the Second-level Programme | Educate Together
    Newsletters Publications Resources Annual Reports Accounts Resources Advocacy Our Campaigns EqualAccess EqualRespect Educate Together To Apply for Patronage of Six New Schools for 2017 and 2018 Research Annual Survey Educate Together Blog Educate Together Blog A week of notable moments for the Second level Programme Ruth Doggett Second level Programme Manager 28 Jun 2013 It has been a really busy few weeks here in the Educate Together National Office as we hit major milestones on our journey to open our new second level schools in September 2014 Today marks a really exciting point as we advertise the position of School Principal for Hansfield Educate Together Secondary School Dublin 15 We recognise that this is a vitally important position in the leadership of any school so we ve been putting a lot of work into the recruitment process We plan on ensuring that the most committed and passionate candidate secures the role and plays their part in making Hansfield Educate Together Secondary School exceptional The school website and facebook page is getting lots of traffic and we were delighted by the turn out of interested parents and children at our information evening on the 13th June Even the local train station opened this week allowing our future students travel by train to and from the school Educate Together exists because of the power of parents and the generosity of our local communities That was no more evident than this week when one of our parents joined up with Clare Connolly Dance and Ballet School to make the annual school performance a fundraiser for the development of the second level ethical curriculum People Power Do let us know if you have an idea or want to set up any other great fundraisers for the second level programme This week is also noteworthy

    Original URL path: http://www.educatetogether.ie/blog/week-notable-moments-second-level-programme (2016-01-10)
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  • Tralee Student Council Newsletter: Hot off the Press! | Educate Together
    Special Units Manual Accommodation Leases Insurance Relevant Contracts Tax Buildings and Repairs School Support Policies Good Practice Templates Policies Child Protection Children First Garda Vetting Patronage Enrolment Patronage our Manual Use of Charity Number National Office Policies and Procedures Courses CPD For Teachers For Boards of Management Certificate Course Resources for Schools Toolkit for schools Advocacy Media News National News Strategy Media Kit News Archive All Events School News Newsletters Publications Resources Annual Reports Accounts Resources Advocacy Our Campaigns EqualAccess EqualRespect Educate Together To Apply for Patronage of Six New Schools for 2017 and 2018 Research Annual Survey How to Help Accountability Resource Allocation Finances and Governance Ways To Help Donate Volunteer One Day Together Leave a Legacy Invest Home Tralee Student Council Newsletter Hot off the Press Advocacy Media News National News Strategy Media Kit News Archive All Events School News Newsletters Publications Resources Annual Reports Accounts Resources Advocacy Our Campaigns EqualAccess EqualRespect Educate Together To Apply for Patronage of Six New Schools for 2017 and 2018 Research Annual Survey Educate Together Blog Educate Together Blog Tralee Student Council Newsletter Hot off the Press Maryanne Tralee Educate Together BOM 21 Jun 2013 Tralee Educate Together NS has produced its third Student Council Newsletter The 14 Student Council members and 3 Committee members wrote articles for it They did a great job It has been circulated to the school community and is available on the school s website here At the moment they are in the process of writing to the Minister for Education asking that an extra hour be allotted to PE time per week They will outline the benefits of this to the Minister they think it is good to be fit to be active and to exercise PE time helps them to focus and to relax helps

    Original URL path: http://www.educatetogether.ie/blog/tralee-student-newsletter (2016-01-10)
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  • Blog Ballymakenny College | Educate Together
    News Strategy Media Kit News Archive All Events School News Newsletters Publications Resources Annual Reports Accounts Resources Advocacy Our Campaigns EqualAccess EqualRespect Educate Together To Apply for Patronage of Six New Schools for 2017 and 2018 Research Annual Survey How to Help Accountability Resource Allocation Finances and Governance Ways To Help Donate Volunteer One Day Together Leave a Legacy Invest Home Ballymakenny College Information Evening Advocacy Media News National News Strategy Media Kit News Archive All Events School News Newsletters Publications Resources Annual Reports Accounts Resources Advocacy Our Campaigns EqualAccess EqualRespect Educate Together To Apply for Patronage of Six New Schools for 2017 and 2018 Research Annual Survey Educate Together Blog Educate Together Blog Ballymakenny College Information Evening Ruth Doggett Second level Programme Manager 7 Jun 2013 The beginnings of a new school community were formed last night as enrolments were launched for Ballymakenny College Drogheda After all the hard work and planning we had the opportunity to tell everyone about the type of educational community we are establishing in Ballymakenny College We were delighted by the great turn out of interested parents and students many of whom had been involved in campaigning for a school with an Educate Together ethos in Drogheda for many years It s testament to their hard work and that of all our partners that the dream is now becoming a reality Dr Padraig Kirk CEO of County Louth Meath ETB and our own Emer Nowlan started off the evening outlining our partnership approach in establishing the school Then it was my turn to outline our vision for Ballymakenny College and the type of education young people will experience there The sense of excitement in the room was palpable with a rush on enrolment forms as soon as they were left out Our future students

    Original URL path: http://www.educatetogether.ie/blog/ballymakenny-open-evening (2016-01-10)
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  • All Smiles at Family Day in New Educate Together School in Rochestown | Educate Together
    Newsletters Publications Resources Annual Reports Accounts Resources Advocacy Our Campaigns EqualAccess EqualRespect Educate Together To Apply for Patronage of Six New Schools for 2017 and 2018 Research Annual Survey How to Help Accountability Resource Allocation Finances and Governance Ways To Help Donate Volunteer One Day Together Leave a Legacy Invest Home All Smiles at Family Day in New Educate Together School in Rochestown Advocacy Media News National News Strategy Media Kit News Archive All Events School News Newsletters Publications Resources Annual Reports Accounts Resources Advocacy Our Campaigns EqualAccess EqualRespect Educate Together To Apply for Patronage of Six New Schools for 2017 and 2018 Research Annual Survey Educate Together Blog Educate Together Blog All Smiles at Family Day in New Educate Together School in Rochestown Niall Wall Regional Development Officer Ireland South 29 May 2013 Great fun was had by all at a recent fun day held at Rochestown Educate Together National School The day was organised to introduce parents and children to the Principal of the school Alan Sheehan who has been appointed recently The new school opens its doors in September and the excitement is building for all the families involved Said Barra Casey a parent in the new school It s a dream come true for all of us to see Alan come on board and we look forward to working with him towards a smooth opening of the school in a few months time Said the new principal Alan Sheehan I was delighted to accept the post of Principal Teacher in Douglas Rochestown ETNS I look forward to working with staff pupils and parents so that education in our new school will be child centred and consist of active and discovery based learning Rochestown Educate Together National School will open in September 2013 in temporary premises in

    Original URL path: http://www.educatetogether.ie/blog/family-day-educate-together (2016-01-10)
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