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New Upskilling Programme for post-primary teachers in Irish

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound on 05/04/2024. New Upskilling Programme for post-primary teachers in IrishTags: Teachers

Minister for Education Norma Foley TD has announced that Trinity College Dublin, alongside Marino Institute of Education, has secured a contract to offer an innovative two-year programme aimed at enhancing the skills of registered post-primary teachers in Irish. Programme participants will be able to register to teach Irish to Leaving Certificate level in schools post-graduation.

The programme, beginning later this year, will be provided in a flexible and innovative manner to enable broad participation, accommodating teachers in both full and part-time roles, as well as those situated across the country.

This programme, which will be delivered by Trinity College Dublin[1] and Marino Institute of Education, will be delivered in a way that enables participants to engage in new learning experiences across face-to-face, online and practice-based learning.

This upskilling programme in Irish will be open to registered post-primary teachers irrespective of employment status who are not already registered in the subject of Irish.

Similar to previous upskilling programmes supported by the department, i.e. mathematics, physics and Spanish, places on this upskilling programme will be provided free of charge to participating teachers with the funding awarded intended to cover fee costs. Over 900 post-primary teachers are currently undertaking, or have completed upskilling programmes.

Funding will support two cycles (two intakes) of the programme, commencing in December 2024 and September 2025 respectively. The programme is funded for both intakes and it is expected to cater for over 100 teachers during this period.

The application processes will open shortly and applications should be made directly to the appropriate HEI. The programme will enable participants to meet the Teaching Council’s curricular subject requirements in Irish. On graduation from the programme participants will be able to register to teach Irish at the highest level in post-primary education.

A further expansion in the number of upskilling programmes available to post-primary teachers will commence. The department will shortly publish tenders for upskilling programmes in French, politics and society, and computer science. Funding for these programmes was provided in Budget 2024.



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