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Ireland’s Education Yearbook 2022


Growth of the student voice: Students are valued stakeholders in the Irish education system.

Senior Cycle reform: We are on the brink of systemic and seismic change in our Senior Cycle, putting the student at the centre of proposed changes.

Good governance: Have we breached the capacity of current models for school governance?

Overview of the Second-Level Education Sector in 2022

This overview of second-level education in Ireland looks at the major themes in the sector in 2022. These include wellbeing, student voice, curricular reform, and school patronage and governance. The article asks vital questions about the future of second-level education and the shape it will take in Ireland.

Mathias Urban

Paul Crone

National Association of Principals and Deputies (NAPD)

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Mobilising Teacher Leaders as Policy Translators

This article explores the experience of a middle leader as policy translator and showcases how teacher leaders can agitate for change in schools. The article has a focus on policy change in literacy, but the process remains essentially the same for any teacher or middle leader looking to mediate change and to translate national policy to meet local needs.

Mathias Urban

Caroline Lambden

Assistant Principal II

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Experience of Junior Cycle Shedding a Light on Senior Cycle

Recent years have seen much change in our second-level schools. It is timely to reflect on what can be learned from our experience of the introduction of the Framework for Junior Cycle, and surveys by the ASTI provide important insights on that experience. This article draws on teachers’ unique perspectives in those surveys to shed light on how best to implement change at second level.

Mathias Urban

Miriam Duggan

President of the Association of Secondary Teachers in Ireland

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Follow the (Teacher) Leader

A tale of formal and informal leadership development

Much has been made in recent years of the importance of having formal mentoring structures in schools for teachers, and of the need for teachers to complete formal leadership courses. This article explores the importance of developing leadership skills both formally and informally. It also delves into the idea of building friendships within the school environment which can then lead to mentoring friendships.

Mathias Urban

Niamh Conway

Chemistry and Science Teacher, Roscommon Community College

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From Policy to Practice: Education for Sustainable Development through the Lens of Looking at Our School 2022

Using the Take 1 Programme approach in learning and teaching

This article outlines the recent policy developments in the formal education space at post-primary level in Ireland, reflecting a global citizenship perspective. It examines the implementation of these policies and the achievement of their objectives and outputs, using the Take 1 Programme training and resources. It highlights the programme’s capacity to support a whole-school approach of Education for Sustainable Development, which celebrates collaborative engagement and is inclusive of all learners.

Nicola O’Reilly

Valerie Lewis

Take 1 Programme Director and Assistant Professor of Education for Sustainability, School of STEM Education, Innovation and Global Studies, Dublin City University

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What Can We Learn from the International Digital Educational Revolution?

The use of ICT has been embedded into all six key skills for Junior Cycle: Managing Myself, Staying Well, Communicating, Being Creative, Working with Others, and Managing Information and Thinking. In May 2022 the Minister for Education announced the publication of the Digital Strategy for Schools to 2027. It was developed after consultation with many stakeholders, including children at primary school, students at post-primary, their parents or guardians, teachers, and school leaders. This article looks at the digital infrastructure needed to realise the full potential of the strategy.

Toby Wolfe

Dr Ann Marcus-Quinn

Lecturer in Technical Communication, School of English, Irish, and Communication, University of Limerick

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State Examinations throughout 2022

An unparalleled year for second-level education

This article explores the State examinations in 2022, the highs and lows, the changes and outcomes. It makes particular reference to the exam crisis and the Covid-19 pandemic, grade inflation and the CAO, and of course the long-awaited Leaving Certificate reform announcement.

Kate McDonnell

Emer Neville

Honorary President, Irish Second-Level Students’ Union

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‘Becoming and Transforming’ through Maynooth University’s Turn to Teaching Project

The role of critical and diverse communities of practice in challenging and transforming teacher education

Maynooth University’s Turn to Teaching is a widening participation project that promotes diversity in the teaching profession. Funded by the Higher Education Authority (HEA), it is embedded within, and supported by, a community of practice of school, further education, community, and university partners. In this article we highlight the role the project is playing in generating discussion in and across the teaching profession on the systemic change required to realise a truly representative and inclusive profession.

Toby Wolfe

Gareth Burns

Director of the Turn to Teaching project and Lecturer in the Department of Adult and Community Education, Maynooth University

Toby Wolfe

Lesley Byrne

Principal of Clogher Road Community College, Crumlin

Toby Wolfe

Jerry O’Neill

Lecturer in the Department of Adult and Community Education, Maynooth University

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Tackling the Legacy of Covid-19

Taking stock and moving forward

This article looks at the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on primary and post-primary schools, drawing on information gathered by the Department of Education Inspectorate in its advisory and evaluative work with school communities, as well as a range of national and international studies and research papers.

Kate McDonnell

Jason Kelly

Senior Inspector, Department of Education

Kate McDonnell

Catherine King

Primary District Inspector

The Impact of School Leadership on Teachers’ Wellbeing

This article discusses the lack of research on teacher wellbeing. It demonstrates how certain factors predict teachers’ personal wellbeing, with the Mental Health Continuum Short Form (MHC-SF) scale applied to measure wellbeing in a recent study. The results indicated that only two factors predicted teacher wellbeing: putting support strategies in place, and school leaders caring about teachers.

Kate McDonnell

Dr Annemarie Doran

Lecturer in Education, Leadership & Policy, and Wellbeing

Kate McDonnell

Dr Jolanta Burke

Associate Professor, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland

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Other Chapters Ireland's Education Yearbook 2022

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Complete Yearbook

Introduction - Ireland’s Education Yearbook 2020


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Early Childhood

Primary - Ireland’s Education Yearbook 2020


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Second Level

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Higher Education

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