A Shared Learning Bursary was established in 2016/2017 to encourage and support schools to come together as local Droichead Shared Learning Networks and to acknowledge the shared learning of schools that lead, collaborate and engage with others about their experiences of Droichead.
The bursary makes €2,000 available to acknowledge the collaborative work of each Droichead Shared Learning Network subject to a maximum of €500 per school involved.
The Teaching Council does not prescribe the activities in which a school must engage in order to be eligible. It does suggest that networks are likely to involve meetings between principals and staff of network schools, sharing resources and templates, observations by newly-qualified teachers of teachers in other network schools, etc.
Shared Learning Networks:
- Involve a minimum of two schools
- Can be sectoral or cross-sectoral, involving primary and post-primary schools
- Must have at least one Droichead school in the network. A Droichead school is one which
(a) has completed Professional Support Team training, and
(b) has had at least one newly-qualified teacher engaged in the Droichead process and can therefore share its experience of Droichead with other schools.
A school can only apply for funding as part of one Shared Learning Network.
Relevant application forms are now available to download here.