ETBI Launches new Ethos Framework for ETB Schools

Five people holding a hashtag.
Donegal ETB Director of Schools Dr Martin Gormley, ETBI Director of Schools Dr Séamus Conboy, Donegal ETB Chief Executive Anne McHugh, Donegal ETB Ethos Coordinator Eamonn Ryan and Donegal ETB parent Geoffrey Browne.

Education and Training Boards Ireland (ETBI) launched the ETBI Patrons’ Framework on Ethos for ETB schools across the country at an event on Wednesday 23rd November in Killashee Hotel, Kilcullen Rd, Killashee, Naas, Co. Kildare.

ETB schools are state, co-educational, multi-denominational schools underpinned by the core values of excellence in education, care, equality, community and respect. The ETBI Patrons’ Framework on Ethos, which was developed by ETBI and the Centre for Evaluation, Quality and Inspection at Dublin City University (DCU), will support all ETB schools in Donegal living out their ethos. The Framework will be adopted in each of the fifteen Community Colleges under the patronage of Donegal ETB.

Professor Anne Looney, Executive Dean of Dublin City University’s Institute of Education delivered the keynote speech at the event, and Carl O’Brien, Education Editor at the Irish Times, moderated a panel discussion on the theme ‘Ethos in Action’, featuring staff, learners and parents from across the ETB sector on the practical use of the ethos Framework. Donegal ETB parent Geoffrey Browne, featured on the panel discussion at the event.

Speaking about the launch event, Anne McHugh, Chief Executive of Donegal ETB, said: “We welcome the launch of the ETBI Patrons’ Framework on Ethos which reaffirms the fantastic work that is happening in all of our schools, in particular the innovations in learning and teaching, our inclusive practices and most importantly our commitment to both excellence in education and equality.

“The Framework also provides our schools with a structured way of reflecting on their practices. I have no doubt that our ETB schools will find this Framework extremely affirming. However, the Framework will also enable our schools to identify areas where they could live out their core values more effectively. Donegal ETB and ETBI are fully committed to supporting our schools while they implement this Framework.”

An Ethos Coordinator has been appointed by Donegal ETB to support ETB schools across the county in the implementation of the Framework. Speaking about the impact of the Ethos Framework, Donegal ETB’s Ethos Coordinator, Eamonn Ryan, stated “This Framework is the culmination of ten years of extensive national consultation, research and visionary policymaking. It articulates for the first time what it means to be an ETB school. Today is a historic day for the ETB school community.”