BEACONS events

There have been 8 BEACONS events to date.

Dublin 10 

28 April 2021 (online)

On Wednesday, 28 April 2021 a BEACONS event was held with school in the Dublin 10 region. Facilitated by Dublin West Education Centre, the event saw some sixty three parents, teachers and students from three primary and four post-primary schools attend. 

For a second time (out of eight BEACONS events to date) the process was conducted via Zoom due to the constraints of Covid-19 with participants meeting for two sessions of two-hour’s duration before and after lunch.

A report on the event will be available here shortly.

BEACONS Portlaoise: Building a Community of Belonging

26 November 2020 (online)

On Thursday, 26 November 2020 Laois Education Support Centre, in collaboration with the Teaching Council, facilitated a BEACONS event with nine school communities in the town of Portlaoise. Participants included parents, teachers, school leaders, community groups, and students. This event focused on their experiences of education in Portlaoise as seen through the lens of diversity, inclusion, and interculturalism. This was a really positive, insightful day and the openness and energy of all participants was incredible.

The agenda for the day is available to view here.

The Report, available here, outlines both the context for the event and the emergent themes identified as important to the community for further exploration going forward. 

On Thursday, 11 March 2020, the Report was launched by Rotimi Adebari, a Nigerian-born Irish citizen living in Portlaoise who made history in 2007 when he became the first African to be elected a Mayor in the Republic of Ireland. A recording of the report launch can be watched below.

Report Launch recording

BEACONS on Inclusive Education

27 and 28 February 2020

On Thursday 27 February a BEACONS event on Inclusive Education took place in the Old Ground Hotel, Ennis.

A report on the event is available here.

A graphic harvest from the event is available to view below also.


Sharing Learning Day

13 December 2019

On Friday, 13 December 2019 a Sharing Learning Day for community representatives and key stakeholders was held in the Teaching Council offices.

Photos from this event are available here

Ennistymon, Co. Clare

22 November 2019

On Thursday, 22 November 2019 a follow up BEACONS event took place with the school community in Ennistymon, Co. Clare.

A report on the first series of BEACONS events is available here.

North East Inner City Dublin

13 and 14 November 2019

 On Wednesday, 13 November a BEACONS event took place in Larkin Community College in Dublin.

A report on the event is available here.

Baltinglass, Co. Wicklow

7 and 8 November 2019

The second BEACONS event took place in Baltinglass, Co. Wicklow on Thursday, 7 November 2019. 

Ennistymon, Co. Clare

16 and 17 May 2019

On Thursday, 16 May 2019 the inaugural BEACONS event took place in Ennistymon, Co. Clare.

A report on the pilot event in Ennistymon is available to read here