Important Announcements

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Lá na nDaltaí, Tayto Park

Join us for the biggest day in the history of Irish-medium education! We’re delighted to be hosting the largest ever gathering of gaelscoil students as part of our 25th year celebrations!

As this is an internal schools event, information on the day is on the Irish version of this page.

Parents who have queries are advised to contact the relevant school directly.

We’re most grateful to our sponsors for their generous support:

International Perspectives on Immersion Education

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Immersion Edu Irish Invite V3

Gael-linn events

These events are run through Irish. Please view the Irish version of this page.

TechSpace Training Course

This course is being run through Irish. Please view the Irish version of this page or visit

New Resource Teaching Allocation Model

Please see attached links to both the Parental Information Booklet and Leaflets regarding the New Resource Teaching Allocation Model, these are now available on Departments website.

An Foras Pátrúnachta calls for restoration of capitation grant

An Foras Pátrúnachta has called for an urgent increase in State funded schools to enable them to provide for their basic educational necessities.

The call which has been echoed by the main management bodies in Ireland, calls for the capitation grant to be restored to €200 annually per child and thus reversing a 15% cut to capitation funding since 2010.

General Secretary of An Foras Pátrúnachta, Caoimhín Ó hEaghra, has said that the restoration of the grant is absolutely necessary to ensure schools can support themselves without having to ask parents to continue to fill the shortfall.

The Second All-Ireland Research Conference on Immersion Education



Mary Immaculate College, Limerick

May 18-19 2018


Following the success of the inaugural conference, which took place in 2015, this May will see the Second All-Ireland Research Conference on Immersion Education, taking place again at Mary Immaculate College (MIC) on Fri 18 & Saturday 19 May.

The two-day event will provide opportunities for linguists, researchers and Irish-medium immersion and immersion educators internationally, to critically reflect on and share research in the context of immersion education, providing the space to exchange and discuss new directions in the ever-evolving field of immersion education.

During the two day event,  3 keynote addresses,  4 symposia, 25 posters and 60 research papers will be presented on relevant topics such as Linking Teaching, Learning and Assessment in Immersion; School Self-Evaluation, Leadership and Educator Development and Navigating Policy and Innovation in Multi/Bilingual Communities.

Key note speakers include Professor Laurent Cammarata, Associate Professor in Education, University of Alberta, Canada. Formerly a language teacher, Dr Cammarata has been a teacher educator for more than fifteen years. He currently works in the preparation and ongoing professional development of K-12 teachers in French immersion and francophone minority settings in Canada. His research focuses on teachers’ experience of implementing content-based instruction (CBI) in varied educational contexts and on implications for teacher education and professional development. Professor Cammarata’s keynote addressThe missing link in immersion education research: What is it and why should we care?’, will pay particular attention to this topic.

Also speaking will be Dr Karen Ní Chlochasaigh, post-doctoral researcher at DCU Institute of Education and The Educational Research Centre. In her keynote, Dr Ní Chlochasaigh will share findings from a post-doctoral study which investigates the effect of immersive education on achievement, progress and attitudes in all-Irish schools in disadvantaged areas in the Republic of Ireland (DEIS schools). Major questions relating to the achievements of pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds in Irish-medium schools, the biggest problems they face, and the supports which they urgently require will be considered.

Professor David Lasagabaster, University of the Basque Country, will also be presenting. Prof. Lasagabaster is Professor of Applied Linguistics and has been involved in teacher education in Spain for several years where he has published on second/third language acquisition, CLIL (Content and Language Integrated Learning), attitudes and motivation, and multilingualism. His keynote address ‘Immersion programmes as a springboard to multilingualism: The Basque experience’ will focus on the transition from a monolingual curriculum (Spanish) to a multilingual one (Basque, Spanish and English) and the challenges entailed in such a process.

All-Ireland Research Conference on Immersion Education – Opportunities and Best Practices takes place on Friday 18 and Saturday 19 May at MIC. The international conference brings together various organisations and institutions as conference partners, including: Mary Immaculate College, Limerick; An Chomhairle um Oideachas Gaeltachta agus Gaelscolaíochta; Institute of Technology Tralee; Gaeloideachas; Foras na Gaeilge and Comhairle na Gaelscolaíochta.

Registration now open

Postgrad Diploma in School Leadership

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School Accounting Year

The School Accounting Year
Circular No. 0060/2017 states that schools will be required to submit accounts to the FSSU in
respect of the 2018/19 school year.
Accounts must be submitted in the prescribed format by the end of February 2020 and
annually thereafter.
We have received a number of calls in relation to the school accounting year.
The accounting year must be in line with the academic year and run from 1st September to
31st August.
If your school does not currently run your school accounting year to these dates, then an
adjustment should be made this year. This can be done by running a shorter or longer
accounting year so that it ends on 31st of August 2018. This will bring the school accounting
year into line with FSSU and Department of Education and Skills requirements.
Current Year Correction Total months
Example 1 1st Jul 17 – 30th Jun 18 1st Jul 17 – 31st Aug 18 14 months
Example 2 1st Jan 18 – 31st Dec 18 1st Jan 18 – 31st Aug 18 8 months
Please bring this Financial Guideline to the attention of the Board of Management and your
external Accountant.
If you need any further information, please email or phone
01 910 4020
Financial Support Services Unit

Child Protection

The Department intends to provide schools with hard copy versions of the procedures in due course once a public procurement process and printing of the procedures is completed. The Department will provide a further update in due course.

· An Irish version of the procedures is currently available electronically and can be downloaded at

· The Department’s child protection (Irish) webpage can be accessed at

· In relation to the two separate half-day closures during the 2017/18 school year to allow time, as a school community, to engage with the revised procedures and to access the support available the Department’s Teacher Education Section have advised as follows “that it is a matter for each individual school authority to use their discretion as to the timing of the closures within this academic year. Schools may also combine both half-days into one full-day school closure, to be taken during the current school-year.” This update is available on the Department’s website here Child Protection Procedures in Schools