Have you ever wondered what happens when the Department of Education has a meeting with all education partners? I always did and wondered what it would look like. When I was invited to represent a body regarding a new Department of Education initiative, I could see exactly why the education system is so messy. I … Read more 038. Reduce the number of stakeholders in primary education
Let’s call a spade a spade. As much as Gaelscoileanna don’t encourage it, they have become an unofficial “private school” for Middle Ireland. Everybody knows it but saying it out loud attracts vitriol like no other. So, I’m saying it. I can only go on my own experiences but if you go to almost any … Read more 004. Make a decision on Gaeilge – all Gaelscoils or none
Choice. This is the word most used to combat my argument that we should scrap the patronage model. When it comes to education, it seems that almost everyone thinks they should have a choice of the flavour of school their child should go to. I honestly can’t understand why this would be. I don’t get … Read more 007. Scrap the patronage system
I was delighted and honoured to have had the opportunity to speak at the rally for Education Equality: Gathering for Change today. While I am lucky to have the choice to send my child to his local denominational primary school and, better yet, the choice to send him to his local Educate Together school where … Read more Education Equality: Gathering for Change March
Another government, another disappointing day for education. Jan O’Sullivan has left her mark and I bet Ruairi Quinn is ruing the day he decided to address patronage in schools. Meanwhile Mary Hanafin is probably rubbing her hands in glee. It looks like despite all the flaws and all the secret deals with the Catholic Church that … Read more What’s the difference between the CNS model and the Catholic model?