Minister Simon Harris Makes A Virtual Visit To Collinstown

The Minister of Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation & Science Simon Harris paid a virtual visit to Collinstown Park Community College today. The Minster met with learners – Claire, Luke and Amanda – who shared their learning journey. He was particularly interested in female participation in IT, lifelong learning, Traineeship and future careers in growth industries. Staff from Collinstown and DDLETB joined the call and detailed the relationship with Microsoft Ireland which led to the establishment of the first Microsoft Data Centre Academy in Europe.

We are very grateful to the Minister for taking the time to visit Collinstown Park.

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Tánaiste, Leo Varadkar Visits Danu Community Special School

In July 2019, the Department of Education and Skills (DES) sought the DDLETB to act as Patron for a new special school in the Dublin 15 area.

Danu Community Special School (Danu CSS) is a community special school that provides an appropriate education for students, aged 4 to 18 years old, whose primary diagnosis is Autism and/or Moderate/or Severe General Learning Disabilities.

On 18th November 2019, Danu Community Special School opened its doors and welcomed its first pupils.

Danu-CSS-Leo-Varadkar-Visit-3-featured The Tánaiste, Leo Varadkar, requested a visit to our school. On 12th March 2021 Leo and Emer Currie TD met with all the teachers and pupils in our six classrooms.

Finn in classroom 1 presented Leo with a framed print of a picture of the mythical mother goddess Danu which represents fertility and abundance in the land. The root “dan” in ancient Irish means art, skill, poetry, knowledge, and wisdom.

All the children in the school painted their finger prints around the picture and Adam from classroom 4 wrote ‘Thank you Leo for visiting’.

Leo was very impressed with what we had achieved in a very short space of time and looked forward to visiting again in a non-Covid environment.



Dublin Learning City Virtual Festival 22 – 24 March

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The Dublin Learning City virtual festival takes place from 22nd to 24th March. The free festival celebrates and promotes learning for all with a terrific selection of fun and creative events.
DDLETB is delighted to be part of the festival and will be showcasing some of our many Further Education and Training opportunities. We will be hosting a wide range of events as part of the festival.
DDLETB Events include:
  • Creative Writing
  • Emroidery For Beginners
  • Wild Flower Arranging
  • Making Chocolate Macaroons
  • Learn To Meditate
  • Learn To Draw Chalk Portraits
  • 3D Modelling
  • Yoga
  • Drama
  • Reading, Writing and Maths For Adults
  • Mindfulness
  • Pilates
There are also a number of events where you can learn about the DDLETB Adult Education Service and how they can help you if you are thinking about Further Education and Training.

For more information on the festival check out the website – 

DDLETB Local Youth Club Grant Scheme

Introduction to the Local Youth Club Grant Scheme incorporating the National Quality Standards for Volunteer-led Youth Groups:

Local Youth Club Group SchemeThe Local Youth Club Grant Scheme (LYCGS or ‘the Scheme’) supports volunteer-led youth club/group activities at a local level. The Scheme, which provides grant aid towards the costs of running clubs/groups, is part-funded by the proceeds of the National Lottery. Funding for the Scheme is provided by the Department of Children, Equality, Integration, Disability and Youth (DCEDIY) and is administered locally by Education and Training Boards (ETBs) as co-grantor and on behalf of DCEDIY. ETBs advertise the Scheme locally on an annual basis, outlining the purpose of the grant and the eligibility criteria.

Download DDLETB Local Youth Club Grant Scheme Application form 2021

Download 2021 Local Youth Club Group Scheme Guidance Notes

The Scheme supports voluntary youth club/group activities for young people; with priority given to clubs/groups catering for young people aged 10–21. The primary focus of the Scheme is to assist local volunteer-led youth clubs/groups that provide a programme of youth work activities for young people. In addition, other clubs/groups that work with young people, but are not specifically providing youth work, are also entitled to apply for funding under the Scheme.

In 2017, DCEDIY incorporated the National Quality Standards for Volunteer-led Youth Groups (NQSVLYG) into the Local Youth Club Grant Scheme (LYCGS). These national quality standards were developed to support and enhance voluntary work with young people. The three National Quality Standards for Volunteer-led Youth Groups are:
1. Standard 1: Safety and well-being – Programmes, practices, and people ensure and promote the safety, support and well-being of young people.
2. Standard 2: Young person-centred – Programmes, practices, and people ensure and promote the voluntary participation, inclusion and voice of young people.
3. Standard 3: Developmental and educational – Programmes, practices, and people ensure and promote the development, achievement and progression of young people.

Throughout the club/group year, volunteers progress actions relating to the Standards that will improve the running of the club/group and the experience of the young people attending the club/group. Where a club/group requires support with progressing the Standards, it can request this from the National Youth Organisation to which it is affiliated. A youth club/group that is not affiliated to a National Youth Organisation can request support from its local ETB (see contact details in Appendix 1 of the Local Youth Club Grant Scheme Application Form).

The LYCGS Application Form is also the reporting template for the National Quality Standards for Volunteer-led Youth Groups. If you do not wish to apply for the grant, you need only complete Sections 1, 2 and 5 of the form. If you need any help in completing these sections of the form, please contact your National Youth Organisation (see details listed in Appendix 2 of the Form).

Download DDLETB Local Youth Club Grant Scheme Application form 2021

Download 2021 Local Youth Club Group Scheme Guidance Notes




Statement of Strategy – Further Education & Training 2021 – 2023

The Minister for Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science Simon Harris and Minister of State for Further Education and Skills Niall Collins launched a three-year strategy for the Department of Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science.

Minister Harris said:

“The department has ambitious goals to reform our higher education sector, to grow our research and innovation system and to develop the skills agenda.

“At the heart of our department is an objective to ensure everyone regardless of their background, age, gender, or address – achieves their best potential, whether that is through education or the workforce.

Download the Statement of Strategy (English)

Download the Statement of Strategy (Irish)


You can listen to an interview with Minister Harris, discussing the new strategy on the Pat Kenny show on Newstalk.

The strategy sets out the department’s ambition to:

  • improve the transition to further and higher education for school leavers
  • implement a new 10-year strategy to improve literacy, numeracy and digital skills to ensure nobody is left behind
  • reform skills training and invest in upskilling and reskilling opportunities in areas of economic growth including in the area of green and digital skills
  • overhaul the Apprenticeship system and develop a new plan to increase apprenticeships to 10,000 every year
  • put in place a sustainable approach to higher education funding
  • introduce new legislation to reform higher education governance
  • undertake a national engagement on research and science and develop a renewed national strategy to succeed Innovation 2020
  • implement a new Access Plan for higher education and review the Student Grant Scheme
    grow our international reach and position Ireland as a leader in higher education and research
    support the establishment of Technological Universities across the country to improve access to higher education and to act as anchors for regional and national innovation and growth
  • advance North South co-operation in higher education and research
  • lead the COVID-19 response for the sector to enable higher and further education to respond to and recover from the ongoing crisis

Minister of State Collins added:

“The department has exciting plans to reform the skills agenda including a new Apprenticeship Action Plan, which will set out ambitious targets to increase the number of people participating in the earn and learn model.

“We will also be developing a series of initiatives to ensure our workforce has the right skills in the aftermath of the pandemic and in areas of economic growth.”

Jim Breslin, Secretary General of the department said:

“Our further and higher education and research systems represent a critical national asset which can support the future success of our citizens. Our Statement of Strategy identifies how, as a new department working with a vibrant sector, we can make a difference to our country’s future. We received tremendous engagement from across the organisation and from external stakeholders in developing our Strategy and we are eager to work with everyone on its implementation.”


Blanchardstown Youthreach Wins The Best Performance Award At Junk Kouture

There was some fantastic news for Blanchardstown Youthreach last week.

The Warrior team took the crown for Best Performance at the Youth Kouture competition.

DDLETB Winter Connect

What Is Junk Kouture ?

Junk Kouture is a global platform to unleash the creative brilliance of young people. One way it does this, is through a fashion competition which challenges the world’s most talented emerging designers, engineers, artists and performers to envision, create and model high-end couture from everyday junk!


Happy New Year From DDLETB



Happy New Year to all of our staff, students, trainees and adult learners.

2020 was a difficult, challenging year for many people. There was a lot of uncertainty and unfortunately, that continues as we start into a new year.

However, one thing we can be certain of, is that all of our staff will continue to provide high-quality education and training in the many forms that takes.

Best wishes for 2021!


DDLETB Newsletter – COVID Special!

We’re so happy to present the DDLETB Newsletter. The focus of this newsletter is on how our schools, centres and colleges have adapted to teaching and learning during the COVID pandemic.

We have contributions from every level, from infants, second-level, Youthreach and further education.

Download the DDLETB COVID Newsletter Dec 2020 Web




Winter Connect DDLETB


Today is the day! DDLETB Proudly Presents …

The Winter Connect Event – Celebrating Creativity & Resilience Across The DDLETB Learning Community

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Are you a staff member or a learner in DDLETB? Are you
particularly proud of your learners, staff, teachers or parents this year? Then join in as we showcase our amazing students and staff.

We’ll stream live, using TEAMS, into face to face and remote
DDLETB classrooms. ‘The Winter Connect Event’ will celebrate the creativity and resilience of our learning community on Thursday 17th December!

Join the fun at 10am using this link to Teams –


DDLETB Winter Connect


The DDLETB Connect Project is delighted to present another month of ‘Digital Learning 4 Every1’. These events provide in-class support for both DDLETB educators and learners.

Our learning community events are designed for learners and educators to learn side by side as the CPD events teams live into your classroom. If you’d like to join any of the December sessions then access our brochure of events.

Digital Learning for Everyone Digital CPD December