Features from the Front Line

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Ireland’s Yearbook of Education

An annual record of the key changes and milestones of the year in Irish Education with analysis of their likely impact into the future. Visit www.irelandsyearbookofeducation.ie

SOLAS offers eCollege online courses free of charge

FET | SOLAS, the Further Education and Training Authority, is making its eCollege online learning service available free of charge to support learners impacted by the ongoing Covid-19 crisis.

Over 13,000 educators register for FutureLearn’s ‘How to Teach Online’

Higher Education | Over 13,000 teachers and lecturers from 130 countries have signed up for FutureLearn’s free online course to help them teach students during this health crisis.

Union Campaigns for Clarity on 2020 State Examinations

Second Level | ISSU asks the Minister for Education & Skills to include the Student Voice in the discussion on contingency plans for 2020 State Examinations.

Is your Adult Education Centre closed?

FET | The National Adult Literacy Agency (NALA) is providing free tuition for adults over the phone. You can work with a tutor by phone or study online by yourself, or you can do a combination of these to suit your needs.

Educational Disadvantage – What’s Next?

second level | It is inevitable that a Programme for Government will be agreed sometime soon. As An Taoiseach has said, Ireland will return to normal – and then the contents of the new Programme for Government will be of significance for us all.

Remote Teaching and Learning – A School Leader perspective

second level | As we enter a whole new environment for schools in Ireland, I believe it is very important that we, as school leaders, support our staff, students and parents in a variety of ways.

Call for State and University Examinations to be cancelled

second level/higher education | Seanad Eireann candidate Peter Finnegan calls on the Minister for Education & Skills to provide certainty to Junior, Leaving Cert, and University students worried about final exams in the current Coronavirus crisis.

Bróga Nua – Irish in a Fun and Easy Way

primary | There is nothing like music, rhythm, and rhymes to engage children in communicating – nature has designed it so.

Behavioural science can be used to fight the coronavirus

general | The spread of the coronavirus could be slowed using findings from behavioural science, according to a new ESRI research paper.

Catering for Students with Exceptional Ability

primary | Research shows that, without the appropriate supports, exceptionally-able students can lose interest and become disengaged in their learning – leading to academic underachievement.

A whole-school approach to changing the learning environment

second level | How a new school uses the archetypal images of campfire, watering hole, cave and life to change the learning environment

‘Every Step of the Way’

FET | How accessing free professional Guidance Counselling can help adults to upskill and improve their lives.


New jobs for translators with Irish announced by European Commission

On 13 February 2020, a new competition was announced to employ translators with Irish at the European Commission, both in Ireland (Grange, Co. Meath) and in Brussels. 

Scoileanna Ildánacha / Creative Schools

Putting the arts and creativity at the heart of children and young people’s lives.

“There is a three-letter word which I cherish in the education process but is rarely expressed, and that is JOY. I consider that education is a joyous, fulfilling activity, and this dimension of joyous engagement should be more emphasized.”

The late John Coolahan

Maynooth University