The Education Secretariat supports Catholic schools, parents and parishes in the Archdiocese of Dublin.

Current Issues

Supplementary Panel 2015

Circular 72/2014 sets out arrangements for access to the Supplementary Redeployment Panel for the 2015-16 school year. Completed application forms must be received by the DES on or before Friday, 12 December 2014.

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Data Protection for Schools Website

A data protection website for schools has been developed by the primary and post-primary management bodies with the assistance of the Department of Education and Skills.

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Statistics Form 2014 - 2015

Primary schools are required to complete the Statistics Form for the school year 2014 -2015.

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Finance - Statement of Receipts and Payments

The Statement of Receipts and Payments from 1 September 2013 - 31 August 2014 inclusive is set out as an Excel Spreadsheet. The form together with the accompanying guidelines should be sent to your accountant.

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Substance Abuse - Programmes for Confirmation classes

The Irish Bishops' Drugs Initiative has prepared a number of programmes as part of its pastoral response to substance abuse. These programmes are offered to parishes and schools around the time of Confirmation.

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Ember Faith Leadership Programme

What is Ember? The Ember Programme is a faith leadership training programme for students at senior level in secondary schools. The students are trained to become mentors for incoming students at Junior Level and to be faith leaders in their schools. This pilot programme with seven schools is coordinated by the Archdiocese of Dublin Education Secretariat and has been developed in partnership with the interdenominational Christian charity Scripture Union and with teachers from three schools in the Dublin Archdiocese. The first Ember Teams residential training took place in Ovoca Manor in Wicklow May 13 - 15, 2013, where five schools took part. The second group followed in a similar programme in Ovoca Manor from September 9 - 11, 2014. This time, seven schools took part.

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