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Irish-medium Education – Deficiencies, Challenges and Opportunities

Following a number of years petitioning the Department of Education, Gaeloideachas are pleased that the development of a policy for Irish-medium education has begun.

“The development of a policy for Irish-medium education outside of the Gaeltacht is a significantly important step,” said Bláthnaid ní Ghréacháin, CEO of Gaeloideachas. “Our hope is that this policy will bring equity to those working within the sector and to students with regard to support infrastructure. Through this policy, our hope is that the vision and ambition of the State regarding Irish-medium education will be clarified. Now is the time for us all to ensure that it will be a strong, supportive policy for the development of naíonraí and Irish-medium schools outside of the Gaeltacht.”

16 January is the deadline set by the Department for survey responses and submissions from the public. However, a request by Gaeloideachas for the deadline to be extended to 28 February was rejected. “I believe that the timeframe that has been allocated for this important step in the consultation process is not sufficient for a number of reasons, not least that the Christmas period falls within this timeframe and that the results of two important pieces of work relating to vulnerable groups within the sector, namely naíonraí and Aonaid, are not yet available. Mapping has yet to be completed on the Irish-medium early-years sector and a significant research project on Irish-medium Aonaid is underway. Naíonraí are the cornerstone of this sector and the question of Aonaid is central to this consultation; without those results being available, it is not possible to engage fully with the survey or submissions.”

Gaeloideachas has submitted a recommendation to the Department that informational public meetings should be organised before 16 January, as they were during the development of the Policy on Gaeltacht Education to discuss the scope of the policy and to encourage the community to participate in the consultation process.

Gaeloideachas has begun its own consultation process focusing on the different target groups within the sector. “We hope to run our consultation process collaboratively and in parallel with Irish-language and education bodies and complementary to the Department’s plan to ensure strong participation in the development of a policy that is critical to the development of Irish-medium education.”

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Notes for Editor

Contact 

Bláthnaid ní Ghréacháin, Ardfheidhmeannach| blathnaid@gaeloideachas.ie | 01 8535195 | 086-8050335 

Mícheál S. Mac Donnacha, Uachtarán | uachtaran@gaeloideachas.ie | 087-2891544 

 

Gaeloideachas 
Gaeloideachas is the national lead-organisation that supports the development of Irish-medium and Gaeltacht schools at primary and at post-primary level. 
 
Gaeloideachas provides advice, assistance and support to people who wish to have their children educated through the medium of Irish, as well as support services for Irish-medium schools in Gaeltacht and non-Gaeltacht areas and naíonraí outside the Gaeltacht. 

National Strategy and Language Supports needed to support Teachers in the Immersion Education System

 “The findings of recently-published research regarding the views, experience, and opinions of subject teachers in Gaelcholáistí confirm our understanding that huge challenges exist around lack of fluency and lack of confidence among teachers who teach subjects through Irish in the all-Irish education system, challenges which affect teaching practice in the classroom,” according to Bláthnaid ní Ghréacháin, CEO of Gaeloideachas.

It is widely acknowledged that there is a crisis in the sector of all-Irish and Gaeltacht education in respect of the availability and ability of teachers to work effectively through the medium of Irish, a crisis which is significantly worse at post-primary level, where teachers are required for a wide range of subjects.

The research of Ó Ceallaigh and Ní Chathasaigh identifies challenges in the following areas:

  • Language ability of subject teachers
  • Teaching and learning through Irish
  • Correction of students’ accuracy in Irish
  • The specific challenges of subject-based classrooms in Gaelcholáistí
  • Supportive infrastructure.

Research participants indicated that they are very concerned about the range and accuracy of their Irish both within and outside the classroom, and felt their own Irish was inaccurate, rusty, and inadequate.

The recommendations of Gaeloideachas include the following:

  • That targets are identified regarding language ability of teachers, and that a qualification in the language is a requirement for those who wish to be employed in the immersion education system
  • That an expected standard of Irish is established and that teachers’ standard of Irish is assessed at entry to and completion of their training programmes
  • That a mechanism is put in place to assess the standard of Irish of teachers during their teaching career
  • That common assessment mechanisms are established to ensure a consistent standard of Irish
  • That language supports are made available to teacher trainees, including intensive courses, to ensure that this standard is achieved by the time they begin teaching in the immersion education system
  • That additional courses and options for both initial training and continuing professional development are provided for the system through the medium of Irish
  • That a mentoring system or network be established to support teachers, particularly those who are less confident or starting out in their teaching careers
  • That the allowance for teachers in the all-Irish and Gaeltacht system is restored and linked to a TEG qualification at an identified level to encourage and incentivise teachers.

It is clear that a national strategy is needed to support immersion education and to support teachers who work within the all-Irish and Gaeltacht system. Gaeloideachas hopes that the importance of the above recommendations and the recommendations of the research is recognised, and that the existing challenges and those before us will be urgently addressed. 

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Notes for the editor 

Contact 

Bláthnaid ní Ghréacháin, CEO | blathnaid@gaeloideachas.ie 

Seán Ó hArgáin, President | uachtaran@gaeloideachas.ie 

Anna Ní Chartúir, Public Relations Officer | ocp@gaeloideachas.ie 

 

Gaeloideachas 
Gaeloideachas is the national lead-organisation that supports the development of Irish-medium and Gaeltacht schools at primary and at post-primary level. 
 
Gaeloideachas provides advice, assistance and support to people who wish to have their children educated through the medium of Irish, as well as support services for Irish-medium schools in Gaeltacht and non-Gaeltacht areas and naíonraí outside the Gaeltacht. 

 

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