Vote Now For A New (Primary) Community National School In Your Area

Dublin and Dún Laoghaire Training Board have applied for the patronage of three new Community National School (CNS) 2019. Vote now for a school in your area.

On 8th November 2018, the Minister for Education and Skills, Joe McHugh, T.D., invited school patron bodies/prospective school patron bodies to apply for the patronage of 12 new primary schools to be established in September 2019.

Dublin and Dún Laoghaire ETB have applied to be the patron of three new (primary) Community National Schools in Blackrock-Booterstown, Goatstown-Stillorgan and Swords. The patron will be chosen by parents/guardians with children of eligible school age who live in these areas. They will do so by voting online on a patronage site provided by the Department.

Community National Schools (CNS) are child-centred, multidenominational, publicly-accountable schools which strive to provide high-quality education for every child. They give equal opportunities to all children in the communities they serve. They were established in 2008 and are managed by the Education and Training Boards (ETBs).


Do you want your local Community National school to be publicly owned, inclusive, multi-denominational creative and innovative?
We want to bring this CNS model, which has already established itself as powerful and effective – to Blackrock-Booterstown, Goatstown-Stillorgan and Swords.

A new online Patronage Process System has been developed to provide objective information to all parents and guardians which will allow them to make an informed choice in expressing a preference for their preferred model of patronage for their child’s education.

To register your choice and find out more about the patronage system click here.





Dublin Apple Regional Training Centre Launch At DDLETB Head Office

An Apple Regional Training Centre delivers free courses to teachers to build the skills and confidence to use Apple technology in the classroom.

Teachers in the Dublin area can now benefit from this facility. We would be delighted if you would join us for the launch of the Dublin RTC in Dublin & Dún Laoghaire Education & Training Board Head Office. Experience tasters of what is possible with iPad in the following interactive session:

  • Introduction to iPad
  • Get hands on experience with iPad and discover the true potential of this device.
  • Learn from expert educators utilizing this technology in their own classrooms

Please bring:

  • An open mind!
  • Your own iPad with latest version of iOS installed
  • If you do not have an iPad one will be provided for you.

Register at:

Date and Time:
5pm to 7pm
Tuesday 4th December

Dublin & Dun Laoghaire
Education & Training Board
D24 X62W


Deputy Joan Burton At The Launch of PLC D15

Deputy Joan Burton launched PLC D15 today. This is a new suite of courses which will be offered from September 2019 at Riversdale Community College in Blanchardstown. Deputy Burton spoke about how these new courses are “Broadening the educational opportunities for the young people of Dublin15”.

New PLC 15 Courses Starting September 2018

The new courses on offer include Communications, Childcare, Digital Marketing, Child Health and Well Being, Child Development, Special Needs Assisting, Social Studies and Accounting.  If you are interested in doing one of these courses contact

Joan Burton At The Launch of PLC 15

Deputy Joan Burton at the launch of PLC 15.

Dr Fionnuala Anderson At The Launch Of PLC15

Also at the launch was Dr. Fionnuala Anderson, Director of Further Education at DDLETB.



Inspiring words by Dr. Niamh Shaw at the We Love Maths Event

DDL Youthreach Celebrates The Magic Of Maths

There are 11 Youthreach Centres across the Dublin and Dún Laoghaire region and each Centre participated in national Maths Week this year in the last week of October. Teachers and learners looked at how Maths is all around us and how essential numeracy skills are in life, learning and employment in the 21st Century.

To celebrate this, DDLETB held an exhibition of the learners’ work in its Head Office in Tallaght. The ‘We love Maths’ event took place on the morning of Thursday 25th October and to say we were blown away with the quality and variety of maths projects would be an understatement.

Each Youthreach Centre was represented by two or three learners, who showcased their projects on the exhibition stands. Staff from DDLETB and from partner organisations attended the exhibition to see the work and talk to the learners. Learners from each Centre gave a two-minute talk to the audience about what they did for Maths Week.

The overwhelming reaction from everyone who attended was how impressed they were, with the work produced by the students.

Inspiring words by Dr. Niamh Shaw at the We Love Maths Event

Inspiring words by Dr. Niamh Shaw at the We Love Maths Event

The Guest speaker on the morning was Dr Niamh Shaw, aspiring astronaut and one of Ireland’s leading science communicators.

CO Paddy Lavelle said of the event, ‘We are very proud of the hard work and achievements of our learners in Youthreach. Many people don’t have a positive attitude to Maths so the ‘We love Maths Event’ is a wonderful opportunity to showcase how our teachers in Youthreach are making Maths relevant and enjoyable for all our learners. We are also delighted that Dr Niamh Shaw has kindly agreed to be our guest speaker at the event.’

Check out the gallery below to see all of our Youthreach maths students receiving a certificate of excellence from CO Paddy Lavelle,  Director of Further Education and Training, Dr. Fionnuala Anderson and Dr. Niamh Shaw.

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Teacher Induction Workshop

Teacher Induction Workshops With DDLETB

Dublin and Dún Laoghaire Education and Training Board actively lead in the provision of high-quality education and training. With this vision in mind, DDLETB recently ran a Teacher Induction Workshop at our head office in Tuansgate.


Adrian P Flynn Addresses Teacher Induction Event At DDLETB

The workshop was addressed by Adrian P. Flynn, director of schools at DDLETB.  53 teachers attended from across DDLETB second level schools, including many newly qualified teachers. New educators who have recently joined us in DDLETB engaged in discussions around becoming a teacher, best practice in the classroom and the benefits of being part of an innovative, energetic and dynamic learning organisation.

More Workshop Opportunities For Teachers

Staff development and effective communication and collaboration are an important part of our strategy. We want to ensure that we meet the needs of all members of our learning community, in an innovative and creative manner. This series of ‘Teacher Induction’ events bring experienced and new DDLETB teachers together to share great ideas and innovative practice.

If you missed the first workshop and you’re passionate about teaching and learning, you can join us at our next workshop on Thursday 8th November.

This 2nd workshop will look at a variety of teaching and learning strategies, methodologies and curriculum developments.  For more information contact Sam Conroy.

Teacher Induction Event At DDLETB

Teacher Induction Event At DDLETB




Minister For Education Visits Baldoyle Training Centre

Minister for Education, Richard Bruton recently visited Baldoyle Training Centre to show his support for lifelong learning and workforce upskilling.

Applegreen Staff With DDLETB CEO Paddy Lavelle And Minister For Education

Applegreen Staff With DDLETB CEO Paddy Lavelle And Minister For Education

The Minister was joined by CEO of DDLETB, Paddy Lavelle at the presentation of certificates to Applegreen staff who attended training in DDLETB training centre Baldoyle. Congratulations to all of the staff on their achievement.



Register Your Interest For A New School In Your Community

Community National School KidsWe are currently seeking expressions of interest from parents or guardians who would like to have a Community National School in their area.

To show your interest, please fill in this short survey form here on the Community National School website.

The results of the survey will be used to provide information to the Department of Education and Skills when they are determining which patron would be most suitable to serve a particular area. We would love for that Patron to be the DDLETB.

Please note that if a Community National 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.

Inaugral Meeting Of The DDLETB Quality Council

Following their successful re-engagement with QQI as a recognised, quality assured provider of further education and training programmes, Dublin and Dún Laoghaire ETB is delighted to have had its inaugural meeting of its Quality Council.  This body, which reports to the Chief Executive Officer, will have oversight of the governance and quality assured management of the over 2000 courses leading to certification that DDLETB delivers annually, and will guide the development of new QA policies and procedures, to ensure excellence in the delivery of programmes of further education and training into the future.

Council Members, from left to right: Ken Seery, Baldoyle Training Centre Manager, Sharon Hennessy Adult Education Officer,  Cecilia Munro Principal Dun Laoighre Further Education Institute, Ann Bray Principal Greenhills Community College, Clodagh Beare Quality Assurance Development Officer DDLETB, Fionnuala Anderson, Director Further Education & Training DDLETB , Deirdre McKeon, Tallaght Training Centre Manager, Kevin Harrington, Principal Stillorgan College of Further Education, Aisling Crowley, Youth Officer DDLETB

The council met on September 11 2018 and will meet three times a year. It will be supported in its work by a quality committee and a programmes committee.  At the first meeting, the members approved governance structures and terms of reference for all governance units overseeing the management of quality assurance for Further Education and Training programmes in DDLETB.

This is an exciting new development in DDLETB’s commitment to quality in all our programmes.

Donabate Community College celebrate Junior Certificate 2018

146 students from Donabate Community College  completed their Junior Certificate exams in June 2018 and were very happy about their results, thanking their teachers for their help and support throughout the last three years.

One student stated “Getting my results taught me a lot of things. It taught me to be more confident, to believe in myself, to be proud of myself and that when you really want something and you work hard for it, all of that hard work does pay off. Receiving my results was an amazing feeling and it was a day that I will always remember”.

“I would also tell students that it is good practice for the Leaving Cert and will be a great guide for the future so you know what to expect going into your Leaving Cert years and examinations. I would remind students that no matter what results you get, they don’t define you and it’s not the end of the world. Knowing that you tried your best and put the work in is an achievement in itself and is a skill that will follow you for life”.

All of the Junior Cert students are now in Fifth Year or Transition Year and they are very proud of their achievements. The school is very proud of all the students who really put a lot of effort into these exams. 

Junior Certificate Celebrations 2018 at Lucan Community College

Lucan Community College was a sea of smiles as our 2018 Junior Certificate/Cycle students received their results on September 12th.

Ms Birnie and Deputy Principals Mr Purcell, Mr Brett and Ms Kirwan very proud as the standard of results achieved this year were simply outstanding.

The staff of Lucan Community College joined in congratulating the 142 students who completed their examinations this year as they opened their results in a sun-drenched Memorial Garden.

Particular mention goes to top achiever Faye Murphy with 9As and a distinction (perfect grades in every subject) and the overall in the college.


While the results show the overall success of this year group, the college celebrates in particular the individual achievements of students who overcame challenges and setbacks and appreciate the help and support given to them along the way by parents and staff.