Education and Training Boards Ireland (ETBI) recently launched the ETBI Patrons’ Framework on Ethos for Dublin and Dún Laoghaire ETB schools at an event in Killashee Hotel, Naas, Co. Kildare.
ETB schools are state, co-educational, multi-denominational schools underpinned by the core values of excellence in education, care, equality, community and respect. The ETBI Patrons’ Framework on Ethos, which was developed by ETBI and the Centre for Evaluation, Quality and Inspection at Dublin City University (DCU), will support all ETB schools in Dublin and Dún Laoghaire living out their ethos. The Framework applies to the Community National Schools and Community Colleges under the patronage of ETBs. Dublin and Dún Loaghaire are the proud patrons of 10 Community National Schools and 31 Community Colleges.
Professor Anne Looney, Executive Dean of Dublin City University’s Institute of Education delivered the keynote speech at the event, and Carl O’Brien, Education Editor at the Irish Times, moderated a panel discussion on the theme ‘Ethos in Action’, featuring staff, learners and parents from across the ETB sector on the practical use of the ethos Framework.
Speaking in advance of the launch event, Caitríona Murphy, Chief Executive of DDLETB, said: “We welcome the launch of the ETBI Patrons’ Framework on Ethos which reaffirms the fantastic work that is happening in all of our schools, in particular the innovations in learning and teaching, our inclusive practices and most importantly our commitment to both excellence in education and equality. The Framework also provides our schools with a structured way of reflecting on their practices. I have no doubt that our ETB schools will find this Framework extremely affirming. However, the Framework will also enable our schools to identify areas where they could live out their core values more effectively. DDLETB and ETBI are fully committed to supporting our schools while they implement this Framework”.
An Ethos Coordinator has been appointed by DDLETB to support all of our schools across Dublin and Dún Laoghaire in the implementation of the Framework. Speaking about the impact of the Ethos Framework, DDLETB’s Ethos Coordinator, Caroline Daly, stated “This Framework is the culmination of ten years of extensive national consultation, research and visionary policymaking. It articulates for the first time what it means to be an ETB school. This is an historic day for the ETB school community.”