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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...

Postgraduate Cert in Ethical and Multi-denominational Education

Fionnuala, Education Officer

Once again, we're running our postgraduate certificate in Ethical and Multi-denominational Education in St Patrick's College of Education, from September 2013. Last year's course was a great success with one of the participants commenting that the course 'really encouraged deep reflection on current ethical issues in education'.  Modules deal with: Philosophies of Ethical and Multi-denominational...

Three New Schools Opening Next Week!

Paul, Chief Executive

Intensive work going on all week preparing for the three primary new schools due to open on September 2nd in Portobello (Dublin), Firhouse (Dublin) and Rochestown (Cork). Really hard work done over the summer and a lot more to do next week. Tremendous credit to the effort being put in by volunteers, the recently appointed Principals and teachers and our national office staff. Thanks also to the...

Remembering Seán Murphy

Paul, Chief Executive

Very sad to hear of Seán Murphy's passing away over the weekend. I first met Seán at one of the very earliest 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...

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