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Ethics, not ethos

Joseph Greene, Parent and Educate Together Campaigner

Joseph Greene, an American living and working in Ireland, writes on his experience of trying to enrol his child in a primary school.  Joseph is currently campaigning for an Educate Together national school in Goatstown / Stillorgan.     We got a refusal letter from another school today. I tell myself, 'you knew we'd have never gotten a place there', but it hurts every time. Sick in my stomach,...

The Time For Talking Is Over

Paul Rowe, CEO, Educate Together

It’s about time that we stopped the window dressing and posturing and talked seriously about the profound change that is needed in our education system. The bottom line is this: children in Ireland are not treated equally in our education system.  In nine out of ten communities a family has no choice but to send their child to a school that is owned and controlled by the Catholic church, a school...

What Does It Mean To Stand Up for Education?

Ruth Doggett, Education and Support Programme Manager, Educate Together

Ruth Doggett, Education and Support Programme Manager for Educate Together, considers shortfalls in investment in education in light on the INTO's Stand Up For Education campaign.  As the Autumn leaves fall and our elected representatives plan 1916 commemorations while strategising over election dates, the INTO have launched their pre-election campaign; ‘Stand up for Primary Education’. But what...

We Know Change Has To Happen - But How?

Jennifer Buttner, South Kildare Educate Together Second-Level Campaign

Jennifer Buttner of the South Kildare Educate Together Second-Level Campaign writes about Educate Together's 'truly inclusive equality-based model of education'   There are some facts that are so self-evident that they hardly need to be stated: no child should feel excluded at school. All children deserve to thrive in an environment that accepts them.  No child should be labelled ‘different’ in a...

Teaching Ethical Education At Second-level

Jean Ryan, Teacher, Ballymakenny College

With Educate Together's second-level Principal Recruitment taking place this September, teacher Jean Ryan of Ballymakenny College reflects on her first year teaching Ethical Education. This time last year I was introduced to the idea of teaching Ethical Education in Secondary School. It was going to be a new course for the teachers and for the students – with plenty of adjustments to be made...

Every Educate Together School Starts With A Conversation

Niall Wall, Regional Development Officer, Ireland South

With the imminent opening of New Ross ETNS on 31 August, Niall Wall, Educate Together's Regional Development Officer for Ireland South, reflects on establishing an Educate Together National School.  In Educate Together we say that every Educate Together School starts with a conversation!!! This could be a chat between two or more parents, an enquiry to a member of the Educate Together national...

We Need to Radically Overhaul the School Admissions System

Paul Rowe, Educate Together CEO

Over the past months, there has been a mounting protest movement over the issue of religious discrimination in access to Irish publicly funded primary schools. Changes have been suggested ranging from the repeal of sections permitting such discrimination in the Equal Status Acts to the wholesale removal of independent governance or patronage in the Irish education system. The current debate seems...

'Solving the school patronage problem'

Amy Mulvihill, New Schools Programme Manager of Educate Together, responds to the Irish Times Correspondent Joe Humphries' suggestions on 'How the Catholic Church could solve the school patronage problem' Sir, –  Contrary to Joe Humphreys' assertions, Educate Together remains hopeful that the commitment made by the government in 2012 - to create more diversity in the primary school system - will...

Primary School Governance

Sandra Velthuis

Sandra Velthuis, a parent and former member of the Board of Management at Rathfarnham ETNS shares her insights on the challenges and limitations faced by school boards.  School is out.  Ireland’s primary schools have shut up shop for the summer.  Post-primary schools have been closed for a number of weeks already, entitling the nation’s teenagers to some of the longest summer holidays in Europe...

Esker ETNS - 'Truly an inspiration to all of us'

Paul Rowe, CEO, Educate Together

Paul Rowe, CEO of Educate Together, at the opening of the new Esker Educate Together NS building in Lucan, Co. Dublin on 17 June 2015.  I am really delighted to be here. This is a wonderful day. A really special day. This is one official opening of a wonderful new Educate Together school building that I have been waiting for and looking forward to for a very long time. This is a tremendous day, a...

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