Student and school leader experience of Educate Together second-level

Slides from the event are available below. A video recording will be available shortly. 

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During the school year 2019/20 ESRI researchers Selina McCoy and Georgiana Mihut explored the experiences of students, teachers and school leaders in 11 Educate Together second-level schools. Through surveys, interviews and focus groups they captured the experiences of these key stakeholders.

At the seminar the researchers will present the key findings which reveal school communities that;

  • have respect at the core of their relationships
  • are reflective of the diversity of Irish society across gender, socio-economic, additional needs, cultural and language backgrounds
  • are inclusive environments where students' wellbeing and sense of belonging are strongly supported
  • are successfully delivering the model of 21st century teaching and learning outlined in Educate Together's Blueprint document where a strong focus on positive relationships and student-centred and active learning approaches supported by the appropriate use of technology.

Responses to the research findings will be made by:

Clive Byrne. Director the National Association of Principals and Deputy Principals

Reuban Murray. President, Irish Second-level Students' Union

Alicia O'Sullivan. Education Officer, Irish Second-Level Students' Union



Event programme



Prof. Alan Barrett (Director, ESRI)


Presentation of research findings

Dr. Selina McCoy (Associate Research Professor, ESRI)

Georgiana Mihut (Postdoctoral Research Fellow, ESRI)


Response to research findings

Reuban Murray (President, ISSU)

Alicia O’Sullivan (Education Officer, ISSU)


Response to research findings

Clive Byrne (Director, NAPD)


Q&A session

Moderated by Alan Barrett


Closing comments

Dr. Emer Nowlan (CEO, Educate Together)



A video webinar, where the findings of the study were presented, was held on Wednesday 21 October 2020. You can watch the video here and on our Youtube channel.