Press Release: ETBI to Launch New Ethos Framework

November 18, 2022

ETBI to launch new Ethos framework for Tipperary ETB schools

Education and Training Boards Ireland (ETBI) will launch the ETBI Patrons’ Framework on Ethos for Tipperary ETB schools at an event on Wednesday 23rd November from 10-1 p.m. in Killashee Hotel, Kilcullen Rd, Killashee, Naas, Co. Kildare.

ETB schools are state, co-educational, multi-denominational schools underpinned by the core values of excellence in education, care, equality, community and respect. The ETBI Patrons’ Framework on Ethos, which was developed by ETBI and the Centre for Evaluation, Quality and Inspection at Dublin City University (DCU), will support all ETB schools in Tipperary living out their ethos. The Framework applies to the 27 Community National Schools and 252 Community Colleges under the patronage of ETBs.

Professor Anne Looney, Executive Dean of Dublin City University’s Institute of Education will deliver the keynote speech at the event, and Carl O’Brien, Education Editor at the Irish Times, will moderate a panel discussion on the theme ‘Ethos in Action’, featuring staff, learners and parents from across the ETB sector on the practical use of the ethos Framework.

Speaking in advance of the launch event, Ms Bernadette Cullen, Chief Executive of Tipperary ETB, said: “We welcome the launch of the ETBI Patrons’ Framework on Ethos which will unite our schools here in Tipperary with our school communities across the wider ETB network, and ensure that we achieve the highest standard of education for all our learners in an inclusive environment.

“This framework recognises our shared values under the ETB umbrella and acknowledges the standards of good practice which our schools in Tipperary already embody. It will also allow us to reflect within our school community on areas where there is potential for improved or new practices.”

An Ethos Coordinator has been appointed by Tipperary ETB to support all ETB schools across Tipperary in the implementation of the Framework. Speaking about the impact of the Ethos Framework, Tipperary ETB’s Ethos Coordinator, Siobhan Landers, stated “This Framework is the culmination of ten years of extensive national consultation, research and visionary policymaking. It articulates for the first time what it means to be an ETB school. Today is a historic day for the ETB school community.”

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About ETBI

Education and Training Boards Ireland (ETBI) is the national representative body established to collectively represent the sixteen Education and Training Boards (ETBs) and promote their interests, which is recognised by the Minister for the purposes of the Education and Training Boards Act 2013. ETBI comprises of the staff of ETBI, the ETBI Chief Executives, Directors of Further Education and Training, Directors of Schools, Directors of Organisation, Support and Development Forums and the respective networks and groups associated with these forums.


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