Future Further Education Training Launch

New Further Education & Training Strategy Launched

The new ‘Future FET: Transforming Learning’ strategy launched by SOLAS today sets out an ambitious vision for the expansion of Further Education & Training in Ireland.

Download the new strategy here –  Solas Future FET: Transforming Learning Strategy

We’ll see a greater share of school-leavers choosing FET or apprenticeships as a first destination & more people in employment upskilling through FET.

Learners will be able to develop new skills & explore exciting new vocations or careers either in the classroom or through a digitally transformed system that offers a wide variety of flexible, online & blended learning opportunities.


Minister For Education Simon Harris launches the new FET Strategy.

Wherever you want to go, you’ll find the right pathway through FET.

Trinity College Dublin DDLETB

Lucan CC Students of German Are Runners-Up In Trinity College Language Competition

It was announced today in Times that Lucan Community College students of German are runners up in an inaugural Trinity College TY language competition.

“Language competence is one of the biggest skills gaps in the Irish labour market and language graduates are highly sought after in a variety of sectors,” Dr Hoare told The Irish Times.

“The aim of this competition was to encourage creative and critical thinking amongst TY students about why they would like to become fluent in a particular language as well as why they would like to learn about the culture and literature associated with the language.”


Well done to the students and the staff who supported them to enter the competition.

More than 100 transition year groups around the country entered the competition which called on students to answer why they would love to be fluent in a certain language. Students were asked to use their “creative and critical thinking” to design a poster and record a short 3-5 minute podcast explaining their passion for a foreign language.

Hopefully, other DDLETB schools will be involved next year now that the way has been so well paved!

A reminder that next year 2020/21 marks the start of 4 new curricular languages being introduced to 5th year: Polish, Portuguese, Lithuanian and Chinese. In 2022, students will be examined in reading, writing, speaking and listening in those 4 languages – not only reading and writing which is currently the case with other non-curricular languages.

DDLETB Teacher Leadership Programme 2020

DDLETB’s Teacher Leadership Programme

September 2019 saw the exciting launch of a brand new initiative for the teachers of DDL. The Teacher Leadership Programme or TLP, followed on from the footprints of the TL21 project which successfully ran for 6 years within the scheme. The development team began work on TLP began many months before it launched and we had no idea just how well it would be received. However, we were delighted to register over 130 participants and 29 fantastic facilitators all of whom were equally as excited by the potential this project had for schools and colleges and for DDL as an organization. The volume of interest in a program like this, testifies to the quality of teachers the scheme has.

The aims of the TLP programme are to explore the world of educational leadership and develop the leadership capacity of each of the participating teachers. With these two aims in mind the program was designed with two working parts.

Firstly, there are the General Learning Sessions which explore different aspects of educational leadership. These were led by a host of facilitators experienced in the area of educational leadership The second element is that of the development work or TLP Projects which was led by the appointed school facilitators and their TLP teams. These carefully planned projects offered innovative and exciting developments for schools and colleges and were run with the support of school management. School facilitators were also provided with training sessions to support their work as team leaders.

Research tells us that effective professional development needs to be embedded. TLP aims to embed best practice, quality leadership skills and a strong sense of identity as participants discover the leader within, as an individual but also collaboratively with their colleagues.

Despite the abrupt ending to TLP with the closure of schools in March, the programme proved to be a positive learning experience for all learners and we are excited to see where this initiative will go in the future.

DDLETB Teacher Leadership Programme 2020

Europe Day DDLETB

Happy Europe Day!

Europe Day held on 9 May every year celebrates peace and unity in Europe. The date marks the anniversary of the historic ‘Schuman declaration‘. At a speech in Paris in 1950, Robert Schuman, the then French foreign minister, set out his idea for a new form of political cooperation in Europe, which would make war between Europe’s nations unthinkable.

His vision was to create a European institution that would pool and manage coal and steel production. A treaty creating such a body was signed just under a year later. Schuman’s proposal is considered to be the beginning of what is now the European Union.

To demonstrate solidarity with those most affected by the current crisis and to honour Europe Day, the European Parliament calls upon all citizens to put the EU flag at their window this Saturday, 9 May.

Join a special Facebook live session on https://www.facebook.com/events/236198284319637.

The Parliament will also hold an on-line event all day on Saturday (10:00 to 18:00), with EP live in 8 languages, EBS and a Facebook live.