Educate Together was established in the mid 1970s. Its first school, the Dalkey School Project, opened in 1978 following a commitment for recognition given in the 1977 General Election.
Bray School Project was opened in 1981. The Educate Together school network will grow to 74 primary schools and three second-level schools by September 2014.
The most schools Educate Together has opened in one year was 12 in 2008. One of these schools, Bracken ETNS in Balbriggan, was opened in 6 weeks!
Educate Together schools account for just 2% of the primary schools in Ireland.
Tyrrelstown Educate Together National School a three-stream school with 493 pupils, is the largest in the network.
There are 3 Educate Together schools with less than 50 pupils, 5 with 50-100 pupils, 16 100-200 pupils, 20 with 200-300 pupils, 8 with 300-400 pupils and 8 with over 400 pupils.
There are at least 750 active volunteers involved in management or support of schools. We estimate that these figures indicate that we are currently serving approximately 12,000 families in Ireland.Educate Together schools have provided faith formation classes outside of school hours since the 1980s.
Though many new schools open in temporary accommodation, over 80% of Educate Together schools are in permanent buildings
There are a wide variety of faith groups represented in Educate Together school populations. 50% of the pupils in Educate Together schools are Catholic.
Educate Together schools are open to all pupils, regardless of social, cultural or religious background.