Teaching Transforms

Teaching Transforms. Shape The Future

A new Irish Government campaign has been launched to promote the role of teaching in primary and post-primary schools.

On the Government “Teaching Transforms” web site, you can find information on

  • how and where you can study to become a teacher as an undergraduate.
  • Post-Graduate options on how to become a teacher if you already have a degree.
  • how to work as a teacher in Ireland if you qualified outside of Ireland.
  • primary and post-primary teaching
  • recruitment processes and job boards for teachers

Caroline Clarke Principal Skerries CC, Adam Kelly Winner Young Scientist, CO DDLETB Paddy Lavelle

Skerries Student Adam Kelly Wins The BT Young Scientist Award 2019

Huge congratulations to Skerries Community College student, Adam Kelly, who has won the top award at the prestigious BT Young Scientist & Technologist of the Year competition.

Young Scientist Winner 2019 Adam Kelly

Adam Kelly. Photo: Chris Bellew / Fennell Photography

Adam’s project, which was entitled ‘Optimizing The Simulation Of General Quantum Circuits’ was praised by judges. Judge and Chair of the Chemical, Physical and Mathematics Category, Professor Sean Corish, said the winning entry hugely impressed the judges.

“Quantum computing is an emerging technology which represents a potentially significant advance in computing,” he said.

“Adam developed a tool to select the optimum algorithm for the simulation of particular quantum circuits, which may inform the development of a practical quantum computer, which is still at an early stage. This has implications across many areas, including cybersecurity.

“In addition, he used Open Source code to parallelise quantum simulation on graphical processing units that is significantly quicker than other available simulators and this work has already come to the attention of key industry leaders.

Adam received a cheque for €7,500 for winning and will go on to represent Ireland at the European Union Contest for Young Scientists in Bulgaria in September.

Caroline Clarke Principal Skerries CC, Adam Kelly Winner Young Scientist, CO DDLETB Paddy Lavelle

Evelyn Lennon, Acting Principal Skerries CC, Adam Kelly Winner Young Scientist, Paddy Lavelle CEO DDLETB

Speaking to the Irish Independent, Adam said “I’m in total shock.”

“What inspired me was all my teachers and the people who helped me along the way inspired me.

Congratulations to Adam and his teachers and principal at Skerries Community College.  He is surely the definitely of our DDLETB motto – Learn Achieve Succeed!

Happy New Year 2019!

Happy New Year to all of our wonderful students and great staff. Here’s to a great 2019 ahead! 

We’re looking forward to a new year with new schools opening, exciting new courses and opportunities to learn, achieve and succeed.



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: https://goo.gl/7HvhbF.

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 plc@riversdalecc.com.

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.