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CBS News (16th March)

Schools Excellence Fund

This project empowers schools to work together and try innovative projects to see what works and what doesn’t.

The School Excellence Fund is an initiative in the Programme for Government to encourage and recognize excellence and innovation in our schools. Never before have schools been funded to work together on innovative solutions and given the freedom to experiment with new projects to see what works and what doesn’t.The benefit of this approach is that it gives school leaders on the ground the support to collaborate on ideas based on their local experience and unique perspective. It allows them to work together, in some cases with higher education institutions and enterprise, and experiment to find creative solutions to complex problems.

Successful approaches can then be shared across the school sector.The Minister has set the ambition to make Ireland’s Education and Training service the best in Europe by 2026. This transformative approach to supporting local innovation will be key to realizing this vision.Schools Excellence Fund- DigitalChildren are naturally creative, curious and adaptable.

SEF- Digital seeks to nurture these qualities by supporting schools to work together on projects which will use inventive methods to enhance teaching and learning through digital technology.The Minister announced that over 200 schools in 32 clusters have been chosen from what has been a huge demand. Each cluster will receive up to €20,000 funding over the course of the programme.

Our School will be a lead school under this project involving 7 local primary schools.

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