Delegates representing Baltinglass schools Scoil Chonglais and Scoil Naomh Iosaif (L-R) Evan Fleming, Patricia Gurhy (Principal, Scoil Chonglais), Thomas Ahern (Teacher), Evie Paul, Michelle Hanafin (Teacher), Mairead Hennessy (Principal, Scoil Naomh Iosaif) and parent Maria Reino, at a Shared Learning Day held recently in Maynooth as part of the Teaching Council’s BEACONS programme – Bringing Education Alive for our Communities on a National Scale.
Through BEACONS, the Teaching Council is leading a diverse group of stakeholders and people exploring new ways of supporting more and better conversations between teachers, parents and students at local community level. The goal is to develop a range of models that any school could choose from and adapt to their own needs, based on the emerging core principles of the programme. The intention for this work is to facilitate enhanced engagement between local communities and national consultative processes on issues of common interest and importance.
BEACONS was one of 18 projects which were awarded funding from the Public Service Innovation Fund in 2019. This fund and innovation network are led by the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform. The Teaching Council is the statutory professional standards body for the teaching profession, which promotes and regulates professional standards in teaching.