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

Current Issues

Panel 2014

1 September 2014 - Latest Panel Update

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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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Revised Application Form for Garda Vetting

On March 31st 2014 the Minister for Justice and Equality implemented an administrative filter to be applied to all Garda Vetting applications. The purpose of this filter is to allow a more balanced, relevant and proportionate approach to Garda Vetting. This means that only certain convictions will be disclosed through the Garda Vetting process. In line with this administrative filter a revised Garda Vetting form must now be used for all future vetting applications. It is appreciated that there are a number of ‘old format’ vetting forms in circulation, however applications in ‘old format’ cannot be submitted after 23rd June.

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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 new 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 five 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 13th-15th 2013.

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