BEACONS - Bringing Education Alive for our Communities On a National Scale

Through BEACONS, the Teaching Council is leading a diverse group of stakeholders and people to explore new ways for supporting more and better conversations between teachers, parents and students at the local community level. The goal is to develop a suite of models that any school could choose from and adapt to their own needs, based on the emerging core principles of BEACONS.  The intention is that this work would facilitate enhanced engagement between local communities and national consultative processes on issues of common interest and importance.

BEACONS was one of 18 projects which were awarded funding from the Public Service Innovation Fund in 2019. This fund and innovation network are led by the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform.


The inaugural BEACONS prototype event took place in Ennistymon, Co. Clare on 16 and 17 May 2019.  Ennistymon then hosted a follow up BEACONS event in December. 

Three BEACONS events took place in November – hosted by Scoil Chonglais in Baltinglass, Larkin Community College and the schools of Ennistymon respectively.

A Sharing Learning Day for community representatives and key stakeholders was held in the Teaching Council on 13 December 2019. Photos from this event are available here