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Ireland’s Education Yearbook

An accessible record of the year in education with insightful commentary from leaders, experts and practitioners in the field.

Éigse na Tríonóide and Seachtain na Gaeilge in Trinity College Dublin

Higher Education/ | Éigse na Tríonóide, Trinity College Dublin’s annual Irish language festival, and Seachtain na Gaeilge, will take place online from 1st-5th March 2021.

ALISON Wins EU Civil Solidarity Prize

Further Education & Training | ALISON, the online learning platform, has been selected by the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) as the best Irish candidate for the EU Civil Solidarity Award.

The Importance of Nature Education, COVID or no COVID

Higher Education, Primary, Secondary Education | There is a ‘moreness’ about nature that science does not explore.

The Impact of Second Level Education on Adolescent Wellbeing: Student Research

Second Level | Transition Year students Shane O’Connor and Liam Carew recently conducted the research project ‘Assessing the impact of second-level education on key aspects of adolescents’ life and development’.

ISSU Survey on State Examinations and Reopening of Schools

FET, Higher Education, Second Level | The Irish Second-Level Students’ Union has published its Report on State Examinations 2021 and Reopening of Schools.

Free Live Webinar ahead of CAO deadline

Higher Education, Second Level | As the CAO deadline looms, students and their families are invited to a free Live Webinar with renowned careers expert, Dr Brian Mooney.

Minister Harris appoints two leading academics to Irish Research Council

Higher Education, Research | Minister Simon Harris has appointed two leading academics, Professor Turlough Downes and Professor Orla Muldoon, to the Irish Research Council.

Tech2Students Phase 2 seeks support in bridging the digital divide

FET, Higher Education, Primary, Second Level | In response to the digital divide experienced by students in DEIS schools, Trinity Access in partnership with Camara Ireland developed Tech2Students

The DEIS Programme: Fifteen Years On

Primary, Second Level | Dr Brian Fleming commenced a study, early in 2019, to explore the level of resources needed to tackle the challenges facing DEIS schools. This study was supported by NAPD, CEIST, The Jesuit Provincialate, and Le Chéile.

Bridging Brexit: Cross-border Collaboration in Higher Education

Higher Education | As the UK’s exit from the EU plays out against the backdrop of COVID-19, cross-border collaboration in education and research provides no little solace in these anxious times.

Launch of Publication examining the unique ‘Story Exchange Project’

Higher Education | A Publication examining the ‘Story Exchange Project’, the first-ever initiative of its kind in Ireland, was launched on 29 October 2020.

ASTI secures mandate for industrial action

Second Level | ASTI members have voted to take industrial action unless the Government immediately addresses key Covid-19 issues in schools.

Ireland’s Education Yearbook 2020

We are delighted to announce the publication of the print and online editions of Ireland’s Education Yearbook 2020. You can access the online version, read and download individual chapters, and/or download a single pdf of the complete yearbook by clicking here.

Yearbook 2020 was launched from Trinity College by An Taoiseach Micheál Martin on 19 January 2021. “I believe passionately that education is the most important part of building a strong society and an economy which can provide for all of our people,” An Taoiseach said.

In his keynote address, Dr Patrick Prendergast, Provost of Trinity College Dublin, said: “All of us in education, whichever area we work in, rely on this yearbook for an indispensable and comprehensive analysis of the key developments of the year, Crucially, the yearbook not only outlines the main happenings at all levels of education, but it connects the levels too.”

Managing Editor Dr Brian Mooney recalled a day in early March 2020: “When Phyllis Mitchell and I sat down on the March 12 to plan this yearbook, we realised that this would be the most important edition we were ever likely to publish, given the probable transformative nature of what was about to occur – and so it has proved to be.”

Guest speaker Prof Jane Ohlmeyer, Chair of Modern History at TCD and Chair of the Irish Research Council, reminded us of the words of Nelson Mandela, the late activist and President of South Africa: “Education is the most powerful weapon which we can use to change the world”.

The big issues explored in Yearbook 2020 will remain relevant over the coming months and year. We invite you to engage with the content, to share it on all relevant platforms, and to kindly share the yearbook link

Phyllis Mitchell, Originator

“And once the storm is over, you won’t remember how you made it through, how you managed to survive. You won’t even be sure, whether the storm is really over. But one thing is certain. When you come out of the storm, you won’t be the same person who walked in. That’s what this storm’s all about.

Haruki Murakami