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Minister for Education and Skills Joe McHugh visited St Naul’s primary school in Inver, Co Donegal, to launch Back to School for STEM, a new national initiative promoting science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM).

The initiative is being rolled out by the biopharmaceutical company AbbVie with the aim of informing teachers and students about the exceptional career opportunities that STEM qualifications can unlock.

Primary Curriculum Review

Summary findings from parents on a future curriculum

As part of the NCCA’s review of the primary curriculum, twenty focus group sessions were held in October 2018 with parents of children attending primary school. The sessions were an opportunity to gather parents’ perspectives and suggestions for a redeveloped curriculum. The parents represented different school contexts

Arlene Forster
Deputy Chief Executive, NCCA

Hal O’Neill
Former Director, NCCA

Claire Reidy
Education Officer, NCCA

Dr Derek Grant
Director, NCCA

School Self-Evaluation

The evolution of the process in the Irish school context

This article examines the evolution of school self-evaluation (SSE) in Ireland. It charts the earlier policy developments and publications that were precursors to the formal SSE process, which was introduced in 2012 and which leads to improvement-focused planning and changes in teaching and learning. It also examines how the process is now supported as a way of working in schools.

Dr Leo Kilroy
Divisional Inspector, Department of Education and Skills
Bernadette Ní Ruairc
Post-Primary Inspector, Department of Education and Skills

Home Works: The Educational Needs of Children Experiencing Homelessness

In Ireland, 3,778 children are living in homelessness accommodation, with many experiencing poor physical and mental well-being, low self-esteem, and social isolation that affects school attendance, engagement, and participation. In the absence of a coordinated response from the government, how can schools respond to the needs of homeless children and their families?

Grainne McKenna
Assistant Professor, DCU Institute of Education
Dr Ger Scanlon
Assistant Professor, DCU Institute of Education

A Decade of School Leadership Research

Insights, Implications, Applications

In this review charting a decade of research on school leadership in Ireland, spanning primary and post-primary sectors, six themes emerge. These are summarised, and the insights, implications, and applications are put forward. Direct citations from current school leaders are also provided from the author’s ongoing research on contemporary school leadership.

Gavin Murphy
Teaching Fellow in Educational Leadership, School of Education, University College Dublin

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