Blackrock Further Education Institute & Erasmus+ Learning Opportunities

Five Blackrock Further Education Institute students of Information Technology have recently returned from the beautiful city of Utrecht in the Netherlands having successfully completed a mandatory two week work experience placement as part of their QQI level 5 major award.    Working with BFEI’s partner, ROC Midden, the students who are currently studying Games Design and Development, Computer Science and Web Design and Digital Media, were assigned to Success Media, a digital media company.

During their placement Cian, Jack, Rajendr, Evan and Seán Óg were given an opportunity to practice and develop their web authoring and design skills.  They also enjoyed developing their WordPress and search engine optimisation skills. And when work ended at 5pm each day, there was plenty of opportunities to explore the cultural and social aspects of this very vibrant city.  Cian Cusack described it as the “best experience of my life” while Jack Landy reported that the “whole experience has given my confidence a huge boost”.

Léargas, as the National Agency for supporting international exchange and collaboration, provided the funding to cover the cost of flights, accommodation, and day to day living expenses for all participants.  The positive impact on the students has been considerable.  They have thoroughly enjoyed the experience of living, learning and working abroad.  They have had a unique opportunity to enhance their technical and professional skills thus enhancing their employability. Living away from home for the first time has greatly enhanced their self-confidence and independence. Evan Doyle wisely advised that “any student who gets the opportunity to participate in Erasmus+ should take it”!

BFEI is still relatively new to Erasmus+ projects, having successfully completed their first student mobility project only last year.  The plan for the future is to expand our involvement so students studying with us in all disciplines can have the opportunity to experience this unique learning experience.








Local Youth Club Grant

Apply Now For Local Youth Club Grant Scheme 2019

The Local Youth Club Grant Scheme supports youth work activities at a local level by providing grant aid towards the cost of running clubs and groups and is part funded by the proceeds from the National Lottery.

Download Local Youth Club Grant Scheme Application Form here – latest date for receipt of applications is 3rd May 2019

The scheme is open to over 1,600 youth groups and clubs, with an estimated 90,000 club members around the country.  The primary focus of the scheme is to assist volunteer-led youth clubs that provide a programme of youth work activities for young people.  Clubs that work with young people but are not specifically providing youth work may also be eligible to apply under the scheme.

These grants are made available to all youth clubs and groups through the local Education and Training Boards (ETBs).   The scheme, which is open to new entrants, will be advertised locally and applications for funding will be invited by the ETBs from local groups in their respective areas.  Each ETB will be advertising the scheme on their website over the coming months.

Minister for Children and Youth Affairs , Dr. Katherine Zappone expressed confidence that the additional monies being allocated would positively impact on the lives of young people. She said:

“In every part of the country which I have had the opportunity to visit, I have seen at first hand the important impact that youth clubs have on local communities and the lives of young people who attend these clubs. These clubs are providing adventure, activities and opportunities for our young people.

The impact of small clubs working on the ground is huge, reaching practically every community in the country – and is deserving of Government support.

Through their efforts, young people are developing their talents, skills and experiences which will make them leaders of the future.

This additional funding will mean a greater volume of volunteer-led youth activities over the next year, which is a priority for my Department. I encourage every volunteer club or group to check locally for application details and see how it can benefit their work.”

Download the full guide to the Local Youth Club Grant Scheme here. 



National Geography Award for Sadhbh Nevins of Donabate Community College

The 2018 Gwenda Hurst Memorial Medal has been awarded to Donabate Community College past pupil Sadhbh Nevins, who sat her Leaving Certificate last June. Each year, the Association of Geography Teachers of Ireland selects the most meritorious paper in the Leaving Certificate Geography examination for the award. In total 23,326 students sat the Leaving Certificate Geography examination in 2018 and of these 636 students scored a H1 at higher level. Sadhbh managed to receive the highest result in the country.

Sadbh - Donabate Community College

Sadhbh and her teacher, Ms. Fiona Cuskelly, along with Sadhbh’s mother, Erika and sister, Avril, attended the award ceremony in Trinity College Dublin on Wednesday 13th March. Both Sadhbh and Ms Cuskelly were presented with medals to recognise this wonderful achievement.

Sadbh - Donabate Community College

During the award ceremony, Ms Cuskelly highlighted why Sadhbh was so deserving of the award. “I could see that Sadhbh had a passion for Geography after the first week of fifth year. Sadhbh’s commitment to her class work and study was admirable. She always strove for perfection. Every piece of work that she produced was completed with enthusiasm to a very high standard. I feel privileged to have taught Sadhbh. I’m going to take some credit in fostering her love of the subject and her choice to pursue it at third level. Sadhbh is an incredible role model for what you can achieve when you apply yourself. I know Sadhbh will continue to flourish while studying Geography and Sociology in Trinity College and I wish her all the success she deserves in her future endeavours”. President of the AGTI, Peter Lydon, commented that he believes Sadhbh is the first student to have won the award that has gone on to study Geography at third level.

Congratulations to Sadbh and Ms Cuskelly on their wonderful achievement from all at Dublin and Dún Laoghaire ETB.

Geography Teachers of Ireland Award


DDLETB Primary School Patronage

Express Your Interest In A New Post Primary School In Your Area

Dublin and Dún Laoghaire Education and Training Board (DDLETB) is currently seeking expressions of interest from parents/guardians who would like to have a Post Primary School in their area. The areas where we may have schools are:

  • Blanchardstown
  • Goatstown/Stillorgan
  • Citywest/Saggart

Primary & Post Primary School Patronage 2021

DDLETB is collecting parents’/guardians’ data. We may then contact you in relation to establishing a Post Primary School in your area.

If a Post Primary School does open in your area, parents/guardians will have to fill in a separate application form for this school as this survey is an expression of interest only.

By submitting this information, you confirm that you understand that this information will be made available to DDLETB. Please note that no guarantee of places is given or implied by submitting this expression of interest form.



Blanchardstown Youthreach Participant Is Finalist In Art & Photography Award

Blanchardstown Youthreach would like to congratulate Kelsey Doyle who has been shortlisted as a finalist in Mental Health Ireland’s Art and Photography award for her photo entry. An award ceremony will take place in the historic St Patricks Cathedral Dublin 28th March and all shortlisted entries will be on display for public viewing from 25th – 28th March.


The theme for this year’s competition is The Five Ways to Wellbeing, which encourage us to:

  • Connect
  • Take Notice
  • Keep Learning
  • Be Active
  • Give

The Five Ways to Wellbeing were developed from extensive research carried out by the New Economics Foundation. They are actions we can all take to look after our wellbeing. Students do not need to include these words in their entry but they are welcome to if they wish.


DDLETB awarded patronage of two new primary schools for Swords, Co. Dublin

DDLETB has been awarded patronage of two new primary schools planned to open in September 2019 in Swords.

The Department of Education and Skills has informed DDLETB that the Swords community has endorsed our state-run Community National School model. The planned new schools for Swords are scheduled to open in September 2019 and DDLETB expects that the Principals will be appointed shortly to lead the new schools.

Paddy Lavelle, Chief Executive of DDLETB said, “This is a very positive development for Swords. The new schools will join six other Community National Schools under our patronage. We see the results of this campaign as a welcome endorsement, from parents and families, for ETB run schools and the Community National School model. “We ran a highly visible and engaging campaign in Swords. Parents clearly supported our vision for child-centred, multidenominational, publicly-accountable schools which strive to provide high-quality education for all learners. They give equal opportunities to all children,” added Lavelle.”

“The new schools in Swords will be technologically advanced using the latest Information and communication technologies. These new schools will further embed our presence on the educational landscape especially in the North-Dublin region,” said Adrian Flynn, Director of Schools with DDLETB.“Our vision is to continue to develop teaching and learning communities that lead
educational thinking both nationally and internationally. We are excited about our shared future with new learners and teachers in Swords. We are now taking this message to Citywest/Saggart, Blanchardstown and Goatstown/Stillorgan for our 2020 post-primary patronage campaign” added Flynn.

Dublin and Dún Laoghaire ETB has been at the forefront of the development of Community National Schools as state-run multi-denominational schools since the first one opened its doors in 2008 and has more than 100 years’ experience as an educational patron in Ireland.

Air Corps DDLETB

QQI Certificates Presented To Air Corps Staff

Air Corps DDLETB

DDLETB Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) pilot project – QQI certificates presented to staff from the Air Corps in Lucan Education Centre on 17th January.

Congratulations to the RPL participants and to the RPL team in Lucan.

This is a pilot project in Recognition of Prior Learning for DDLETB. The Adult Education Service Southwest is partnering with the Air Corps in a nationwide ETB / Defence Forces collaboration in RPL.

The recognition of prior learning process allows learners to gain certification for their on-the-job learning without having to attend a course in what they already know. The RPL project staff in Lucan supported the group to identify and document their on-the-job learning and to compile RPL portfolios for assessment. The structured supports included an induction day, adult education guidance and a series of mentoring sessions last Spring and early Autumn.

Air Corps DDLETB

Participants received QQI component certificates in subjects relating to their work roles. The recipients acknowledged the importance to them of having formal recognition of their learning. For some their certificates will be beneficial in finding alternative employment opportunities as they retire out of the Air Corps. For others, the certification, as well as the whole experience, has sparked an interest in engaging anew with education and training.

Thank you to the Adult Education Service and to the Air Corps for their keen support of this pilot project.

CPD For Assistant Principals

Continuing Professional Development For Assistant Principals

Dublin and Dún Laoghaire ETB is continuing its commitment to quality in teaching and learning with a series of Continuing Professional Development (CPD) workshops for Assistant Principals. We are delighted that we have assistant principals from all of our 29 schools attending the workshops.

The programme consists of four two hour modules, with each module covering both theoretical and practical perspectives. Certificates of completion will be awarded at the end of the program.

CPD For Assistant Principals

The first module took place on Wednesday 30th January and covered Personal and Professional leadership in a middle leadership role.

The second module took place on Wednesday 6th of February, with the title Organisational leadership, building teams for change.

On Wednesday 13th of February, Dr. Mark Fennell will lead a module on Leadership for Learning.

The final workshop takes place on the topic of Leadership in Schools – the policy and practice context, facilitated by Caroline Clarke.



International Day At Blanchardstown Adult Education Service

The VTOS students from the Understanding Interculturalism class at Blanchardstown Adult Education Service organised an International Day which took place on 18 December 2018. The main aim of the event was to help students and staff experience other cultures. As food is an important component of culture and it often plays a central role in celebrations, it was decided to build the day around this.

The room was decorated with a Christmas theme and some students wore clothes which reflected their cultural background. Some of the dishes presented that day were: Irish stew, keks (cake from Poland), dolma (stuffed grape leaves) from Iraq, cheesecake from Lithuania, couscous from Morocco and isku-dhex-karis (a Somalian rice dish).

The students who organised the event were delighted with the numbers of people who attended and with the variety of dishes on offer. Everyone agreed it was a lovely way to finish off the year and pave the way for the Christmas holidays!

Blanchardstown Adult Education Service is part of the Further Education and Training services provided by Dublin and Dún Laoghaire ETB.