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What is an Educate Together School?

Educate Together schools are mainstream national schools, operating according to the Rules for National schools as determined by the Dept. of Education & Science. There are currently 68 Educate Together national schools in Ireland – five of which are located in Cork.  IN 2008 the Department of Education gave recognition to 12 new Educate Together schools including Carrigaline.
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CETNS offers EDUCATION that is:
• Child-centred
• Equality based
• Co-educational
• Democratically-run
• Acknowledging the uniqueness of each child
• Nurtures creativity
• Recognises individuality
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How do these schools differ from other national schools?

Educate Together schools differ in ethos from many other national schools in that they are:

Equality based.


Child centred.

Democratically managed.

Equality based i.e. all children having equal rights of access to the school, and children of all social, cultural and religious backgrounds being equally respected.

Co-educational and committed to encouraging all children to explore their full range of abilities and opportunities.

Child centred in their approach to education.

Democratically run with active participation by parents in the daily life of the school, whilst positively affirming professional role of the teachers.
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How can I enrol my child?

Our Pre-Enrolment lists are now open. You can use this link to get access to the online Pre-Enrolment form. The pre-enrolment list will be operates on a first come, first served policy.
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The board of management

All national schools are managed by a Board of Management. This body, which is a legal entity has the responsibility for the day to day management of the school. There is an agreed structure of 8 people for all national schools in Ireland.

Many schools have sub committees of the Board of Management, which may focus on specific areas like Premises, Publicity/Fundraising or Implementation of Ethos.
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