CPLN Area Partnership

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Learning About Career Possibilities through Creative Approaches at Primary School Level

Artist Jane Fogarty was working with 4th/5th class students in 7 primary schools in the Clondalkin area. St. Bernadette's, St. Peter Apostle SNS, St. Mary's SNS, Scoil Talbot SNS, St. Ronan's, Clonburris, and Archbishop Ryan . Jane worked with students on designing a piece of art to represent an occupation that the pupil is interested in learning about.


The project involved a research element and a visit to the library was organised for each year group. The students will be introduced to various artistic techniques and their creativity will be both challenged and encouraged. The aim of the programme is that the students will become familiar with various career opportunities available to them upon leaving school. It is important that students and their parents have time to reflect on career options and subjects necessary to do certain careers at an early stage.  An exhibition to display the work and knowledge of careers will be organised and parents will be invited to see the work in each of the schools throughout 2013.


Education Working Group

The Education working Group is responsible for implementing the Partnership Education policy. The Education Working Group is an important networking forum for individuals and organisations involved in formal and informal education sectors in the CPLN area.

The Education Working Group brings together a range of schools, groups and organisations, which are delivering education services and supports to local residents. The Education Working Group supports initiatives which foster equality of access, participation and outcome in the education system.


Initiatives span a wide area including:

1. Increasing participation of adults in education;
2. Improving literacy and basic IT skills in adult population;
3. Increasing participation levels in higher education;
4. Addressing language and literacy deficit;
5. Support for young people at risk of exclusion from school;
6. Support parents and schools to work in closer co-operation;
7. Facilitate the development of innovative projects for young people

Several projects within the CPLN Area are funded and supported through the following areas

• Literacy and Numeracy - 1067 students benefited from Literacy and Numeracy projects funded by LCDP in 2011.
• Promoting access to third level Education
• Innovative Adult Education

Community groups that have benefited from funding through the Innovative Adult Education Fund (2012) include:

• Knockmitten Community Centre
• Clondalkin Women's Education Forum
• The Get ahead Club
• Quarryvale Family Resource Centre
• Ronanstown Youth Service
• Ronanstown Women's Group
• Pobalscoil Isolde Parent's
• Esker Educate Together Parents Group
• Clondalkin Youth Centre (Information Service)

Schools and Community groups that have benefited from funding through the Literacy and Numeracy Education Fund (2012) include:
• St. Peter Apostle SNS
• SCP Collinstown Park Community College
• St. Mary' SNS
• Deansrath Community College
• Quarryvale Family Resource Centre
• Quarryvale Community and Leisure Centre
• Youth Support and Training Centre
• Knockmitten Community Centre
• Pobalscoil Isolde
• CLOVER (Children Learn on Very Early Reading) It is a book gifting project for children (ALL Schools in North and South West Clondalkin)
• Community ONE Book project ( Scoil Nano Nagle, St. Ronan's, Clonburris National School)

Promoting access to third level Education

The Access Clondalkin Programme is a national pilot programme that was set up to increase the percentage of local students proceeding onto 3rd Level Education. The programme is currently being evaluated. There has been a great interest in the programme and many students in Clondalkin have already availed of college club tuition supports, visits to third level etc. There is also a report now available in our Publications section that discusses attitudes to 3rd level in Clondalkin.

All of the schools listed below have been supported through the access programme through organised trips to third level colleges, steps to engineering programme events, Educational films organised by the IFI etc.

St. Mary's SNS
St. PeterApostle SNS
St. Bernadettes SNS
Scoil Nano Nagle
St. Ronan's National School
Archbishop Ryan SNS
Collinstown Park Community College
Deansrath Community College
St. Kevin's Community College

CHEAP Clondalkin Higher Education Access Programme

CHEAP is a programme coordinated by CPLN Area Partnership and funded by the Department of Education. The programme provides a scholarship for 40 students annually between Deansrath Community College, St. Kevin's Community College and Collinstown Park Community College. The programme allows for supervised study for 5th and 6th year students for the three schools. Easter and Mid-term Revision courses are also provided for students within the three schools. The CHEAP Board members consist of Principals and Third Level Access Officers

If you want information on grants and Going to College information in general please go to the Educational Text Messaging Service section of the website.

For more information please contact Miriam McNamee, Education Access Officer, email: mmcnamee@cpln.ie or phone 01 450 8748.

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