Northside Education Support Network

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The Northside Education Support Network (formerly known as the Regional Education Network) was established by Northside Partnership in 2005 to enable education providers to work together to identify and respond to emerging education needs.

It creates opportunities for education providers to meet and share learning and knowledge with each other.

It is open to all primary, post primary and third level education and training providers in the Northside Partnership area including Youthreach and training centres. It currently has 70 member organisations.

In the 2016/17 academic year, the network offered 5 different workshops which were attended by 110 teachers.

An annual programme is planned by the members and overseen by an executive committee made up of representatives of the education and training providers.

The full programme of activities for the 2015 – 2016 school year will be available for download on this page from mid-September 2015.

In addition to the programme of activities, the network is also involved in other Northside Partnership projects such as:

  • Information Technology for Schools
  • Story Time Reading Initiative
  • Life-Long Learning Initiative
  • Traveller Education Network
  • One To One Support Programme
  • Adult Education Options Fair
Members are asked to identify a link person from their school or centre. Information is circulated to these link people who in turn circulate it to their colleagues.
Members nominate a ten person executive committee with an independent chair.
The current executive committee representatives are from:
  • Independent Chair
  • Kilmore Youthreach
  • Colaiste Dhulaigh, College of Further Education (Further & Higher Education)
  • Northside Partnership
  • Our Lady Immaculate, Junior National School, Darndale (Primary)
  • Retired teacher of Colaiste Dhulaigh, Guidance Counsellor and Secondary Schools Inspector (Post-Primary)
  • St. Brendan’s Boys National School, Artane (Primary)
  • St. Patrick’s College, Drumcondra (Further & Higher Education)
  • St. Paul’s Senior National School, Ayrfield (Primary)
  • The Donahies Community School, Donaghmede (Post Primary)
  • Marino College
  • Pobailscoil Neasain, Baldoyle (Post Primary)
This executive meets once a quarter and is responsible for planning and overseeing the network’s activities. Northside Partnership provides some core funding to support the network but activities must be run on as low a cost as possible. To achieve this local partner organisations host events at no cost to the network and experts are asked to deliver workshops on a voluntary basis.

Coordination of the network is funded under the Social Inclusion and Community Activation Programme (SICAP) by the Department of Environment, Community and Local Government.