Recent National Educational Developments

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NEWS / 30 July 2018

Read about some recent developments in education below.

The Chief Inspector's Report from the Inspectorate of the Department of Education and Skills 2018

The Report summarises the findings from nearly 5,000 inspections in schools and centres for education during the period January 2013 to June 2016. The Report also summarises findings from inspections of Early Years provision made in 2015 and 2016. Click here for more details.

Ireland's First Technology University

The new Technological University will be named Technological University Dublin (known as TU Dublin) and it will be the first Technological University (TU) in Ireland established under the Technological Universities Act enacted in March this year. Click here for more details.

Action Plan for Education 2018 - Department of Education and Skills

The Action Plan for 2018 is the second annual plan produced under the Action Plan for Education Framework 2016-2019. The three year framework articulates the ambition, values and goals that are the basis for the high-level work programme of the Department, its agencies and the education and training sector. See here for details. 

National Digital Development Plan for schools

Click here for details on the Government National Digital Development Plan for schools.

National Council for Curriculum and Assesment (NCCA)

Keep up to date with the NCCA's work on senior cycle review here.

NCCA Reports on the review of the Early Enactment of Junior Cycle English & Education for Sustainable Development (June 2018) as well as curriculum details for junior cycle are available here.

Critical Incidents

Training on responding to critical incidents to be delivered to all post primary schools in the country over the next 2 years. Click here for more details. 

Wellbeing Policy Statement and Framework for Practice 2018-2023 Department for Education and Skills

School Leadership in Ireland (the Centre for School Leadership, CSL):  Research and Evaluation February 2018. 

Click here to read the report.

Future Skills

A new report by the Expert Group on Future Skills Needs (EGFSN) on Addressing the  Skills Needs Arising from the Potential Trade Implications of Brexit  can be read in full here.

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Subject Blogs, Wellbeing, General School News, Parents Association, Student Council / 15 July 2019
Review of Relationships and Sexuality Education (RSE) by the National Council for Curriculum and Assessment (NCCA)

Review of Relationships and Sexuality Education (RSE) by the National Council for Curriculum and Assessment (NCCA)

The review of Relationships and Sexuality Education (RSE) took place between June 2018 and March 2019. It was successful in gathering the views of a wide range of stakeholders, demonstrating the level of interest in this aspect of education. We are now engaging in consultation to ensure the findings and related draft advice is reflective of the needs of students, schools and parents.

The NCCA would like you to consider the findings and the draft advice contained in the draft Report and to submit your views.

You can find the draft Report here.
You can find the summary of the draft Report here.

Please submit your views via the online survey here.
Or make a written submission using this template and emailing your response to

The deadline for completing the survey or emailing a written submission is Friday 25th October 2019. After this phase of consultation is complete, a final report containing the advice for future directions will be completed and issued to the Minister for Education and Skills.

The NCCA wishes to thank the organisations, individuals and schools who have participated in the review to date.

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Subject Blogs, English/Drama, Library / 14 June 2019
Bloomsday in Rathgar: 15th & 16th June

Bloomsday in Rathgar: 15th & 16th June

Bloomsday celebrates 16th June 1904, the day depicted in James Joyce's Ulysses. As part of the Bloomsday Festival (11th - 16th June), Rathgar village is celebrating Bloomsday on Saturday 15th from 1pm onwards.  On Sunday, 16th June 2019 local historian and auther, Ged Walsh is leading an historical literary walk around Rathgar starting from Herzog Park (beside Rathgar Tennis Club) starting at 11am. 

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