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Clare Reidy, sixth year student from Our  Lady’s Bower School, Athlone, was named SciFest STEM Champion 2021 in November of this year.

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Clare’s victory will see her represent Ireland at the Regeneron International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) in Atlanta, Georgia in May 2022.

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Ireland’s Education Yearbook 2021

Top Prize Winner at SciFest National Final

Clare Reidy, sixth year student from Our  Lady’s Bower School, Athlone, was named SciFest STEM Champion 2021 in November of this year.

Clare received the award for her innovative research project, which explored Cosmic Radiation Protection, investigating effective building materials for future exploration of Mars.

Clare’s victory will see her represent Ireland at the Regeneron International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) in Atlanta, Georgia in May 2022.

Overview of the Second-Level Education Sector in 2021

This article provides an overview of the second-level education sector in Ireland as the Covid-19 pandemic hampers progress towards important reforms. Touching on major themes that feature in the chapter as a whole, it shows how ongoing inequality and underinvestment in education are intrinsically connected, and it argues that, instead of returning to ‘business as usual’, we now need to make the investment necessary to ensure inclusive and equitable education for all.

Emer Nowlan

Dr Emer Nowlan

CEO of Educate Together

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Curriculum as an Encounter

The evolving role of curriculum specifications in Ireland

This article traces the curriculum conversations of the last three decades and the development of subject specifications in Ireland. It shows how policy in the form of written curriculum is responding to the need for more learner-centred teaching, and giving teachers the space to be professionals in curriculum-making.

Majella Dempsey

Majella Dempsey

Associate Professor and EdD Strand Leader for Curriculum Studies

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Student Voice in Curriculum Policy

Partnership strategies for representation or participation?

This article discusses the nature of partnership in the formulation of national curriculum policy. The question of student voice shows the limitations of a purely representative interpretation of democracy. Curriculum policy formulation should strive for participatory democracy to allow the authentic voice of students to be heard in every classroom. The recent experience of the NCCA Development Group for Leaving Certificate Art provides an empirical source of reference for consideration.

Gary Granville

Gary Granville

Emeritus Professor, School of Education, National College of Art and Design, Dublin

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European Cooperation in Education

Policy reflection and development in the field of education at the European Commission

Covid-19 has significantly disrupted education and training worldwide and in the European Union. This article presents the process of policy reflection and formation at the European Commission in the field of education, looking at the challenges, objectives, and framework for cooperation at EU level. The key instruments include the European Semester, European Education Area, and the Recovery and Resilience Facility as the centrepiece of NextGenerationEU.

Sylwia Sitka

Sylwia Sitka

Policy Officer, Directorate-General for Education, Youth, Sport and Culture, European Commission

Susanne Conze

Susanne Conze

Head of Country Analysis Unit, Directorate-General for Education, Youth, Sport and Culture, European Commission

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An Introduction to Universal
Design for Learning (UDL)

Inclusion through variability

This introduction to universal design for learning (UDL) talks about variability, a key concept underpinning UDL, then describes the concept of UDL and its three principles of enactment, representation, and action and expression.

Margaret Flood

Margaret Flood

Education Officer for Inclusive Education and Diversity with the National Council for Curriculum and Assessment (NCCA)

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The Need to Invest in Education

A lesson from Covid-19

This article sets out some key issues in education and the teaching profession in Ireland that have been prominent during the pandemic. It argues that significant investment is required if we are to make worthwhile progress on what we have learned from Covid-19 across the second-level school system.

Kieran Christie

Kieran Christie

General Secretary of the Association of Secondary Teachers, Ireland

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Bridging Worlds

Building a bridge for our educational ecosystem and linking formal and non-formal learning

The Bridging Worlds project, funded by Reinvent Ireland, is an exploratory programme with the ambitious aim of creating a wraparound model linking the formal and non-formal education sectors. It provides a comprehensive educational ecosystem to support young people, teachers, and youth workers and in particular provides proactive provision to support marginalised groups. In the context of Covid-19’s impact on young people’s educational experiences, the project aims to bring together the formal and non-formal education sectors in a shared learning initiative.

Cornelia Connolly

School of Education, National University of Ireland Galway

Sarah Haslam

Foróige

Sean Campbell

Foróige

Bernadine Brady

UNESCO Child & Family Research Centre, National University of Ireland Galway

Connie O’Regan

UNESCO Child & Family Research Centre, National University of Ireland Galway

Pat Dolan

UNESCO Child & Family Research Centre, National University of Ireland Galway

Gerry MacRuairc

School of Education, National University of Ireland Galway

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All in This Together?

New and enduring forms of inequality post-pandemic

Social inequality in education is an enduring feature of the Irish landscape, but the Covid-19 pandemic has highlighted like never before the complex interplay between educational institutions and wider social structures which shapes unequal educational experiences and outcomes for Irish children and young people. This article explores educational inequality through this lens, and considers what can be done to build a better system as we return to normality.

Eamonn Carroll

Eamonn Carroll

Post-Doctoral Research Fellow in Education  at the Economic and Social Research  Institute

Selina McCoy

Selina McCoy

Associate Research Professor in Social Research at the Economic and Social Research Institute

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Continuing the Implementation of  Languages Connect

Navigating unprecedented change and progress through the pandemic

Anticipating, monitoring, and adapting quickly to change, enjoying the change, and looking forward to more change in the future are all things that Post-Primary Languages Ireland has become familiar with in the pandemic. Many of the changes have been positive and have accelerated progress towards realising the implementation of Languages Connect: Ireland’s Strategy for Foreign Languages in Education. Challenges have led to exciting new opportunities and projects, a few of which are outlined in this article.

Karen Ruddock

Karen Ruddock

Director of Post-Primary Languages Ireland

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Distributive Leadership

With contributions from four members of staff, this article looks at the development of distributed leadership in John the Baptist Community School in Hospital, County Limerick, and how that culture served the school positively during the pandemic.

Noreen Rafferty

Noreen Rafferty

Principal, John the Baptist Community School, Co. Limerick

Rachel Hayes

Rachel Hayes

Deputy Principal, John the Baptist  Community School, Co. Limerick

Joe O’Connor

Joe O’Connor

Assistant Principal, John the Baptist Community School, Co. Limerick

Mary Sheehan

Mary Sheehan

Assistant Principal and SSE Coordinator,  John the Baptist Community School, Co. Limerick

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