Department of Education Fortnightly Update

Fortnightly Update: 18 May 2023

Latest circulars


3 May

Scheme for the Award of Incremental Credit to Post Primary Teachers who have prior service as a Youthreach Resource Person or a Youthreach Co- ordinator

10 May

Voluntary Search and Rescue Leave for Registered Teachers employed in Recognised Primary and Post Primary Schools

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Latest publications

4 May

Towards a New Literacy, Numeracy and Digital literacy Strategy

18 May

Famine Remembrance – Invitation to schools to observe a minute of silent reflection at midday on Friday 19 May

8 May

Inspectorate Updates

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Latest press releases

16 May

International study shows Ireland in top performing countries in literacy at primary school reading in spite of pandemic

   Latest announcements

SNAs – Have your say on Learning and Development

The Department of Education’s new SNA Workforce Development unit is reviewing learning and development for SNAs. A series of focus groups forms phase 1 of this review. To register, See Places are limited and will be allocated on a first-come, first-serve basis.


Important dates

BLAST: Bringing Live Arts to Students and Teachers, Arts in Education residency initiative.

The aim of this initiative is to give students in schools all over the country the opportunity to work with a professional artist on unique projects to be planned and developed between the artist, the teacher and the school under the co-ordination of the Education Support Centres Ireland ESCI network of 21 full-time education centres. This initiative supports children and young people for the future, where skills like the ability to connect and collaborate with others, engage in creative and critical thinking and practice inclusivity at every level will be paramount to peace, stability, sustainable economic growth and equality.


Guidelines and application form are available from  The application process is open and will close on 19 May 2023.