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May 2017

Gaeltacht School Recognition Scheme

Following on from the launch of the DES Policy on Gaeltacht Education 2017-2022 last October, the commencement of the Gaeltacht School Recognition Scheme has been announced.

A circular, accompanied by an information pack, has issued to all primary and post-primary schools in Gaeltacht language-planning areas inviting those schools to participate in the Scheme. The Scheme will allow participating schools to seek to achieve Gaeltacht School Recognition on the basis of the implementation of specific language criteria over a five-year period and participation in the language-planning processes under the Gaeltacht Act, 2012.

A school’s decision to participate in the Scheme has to be taken in consultation with the whole-school community, including the principal, teaching staff, board of management, Chief Executive of the Education and Training Board (ETB), if applicable, parent representatives and local language-planning committee.

To promote a consultative collaborative approach, the Expression of Interest Form submitted by schools to the Department must be signed by the school principal, chairperson of the board of management and chairperson of the relevant language-planning committee.

Schools participating in the Scheme will be eligible to access extra supports under the terms set out in circulars relating to the Scheme. Supports to be provided in the 2017/2018 school year are set out in Circular 0033/2017 and Circular 0034/2017.


Date: Tuesday, 2 May 17