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The ETBsNPA is an organisation made up of members of the Parents Associations in ETB schools. It meets approximately once every six weeks in school time.

Meetings are held in a central location so that as many parents as possible can attend. They are usually held in the Maldron Hotel,Portlaoise on a Saturday morning.

We meet in order to exchange information and support parents associations and parent representatives on the ETB boards. In 2013 16 ETBs were established replacing 33 Vocational Education Committees (VECs). There are two parents representatives elected onto each of the 16 ETB boards. Details of the election process can be found in the Downloads section of this website. ETBs manage and operate second-level schools, further education colleges, multi-faith community national schools and a range of adult and further education centres delivering education and training programmes. The National Parents Association of ETB Schools offer support and guidance to second levelparents by holding training days, exchanging information and meeting with support organisations in order to assist parents in their role as parent representatives.

The organisation holds an Annual General Meeting in March where officers are elected. Details of the constitution and policy of ETBsNPA are available by clicking here.

The aim of the elected executive is to promote the objectives of the association at all times and to keep the membership as fully aware as possible of the work of the association.

The main functions of the ETB’s are as follows:

  • Plan provision of education services
  • Ensure provision is economical, efficient & effective
  • Adopt and submit education plan
  • Adopt and submit service plan
  • Consult with BOM, Students, Parents, ETB Staff and other ETB’s where appropriate

In the context of the challenges facing us, our Vision and Values Statement sets out a vision for the organisation to be:

  • A strong voice for continuous improvement and change, both in attitudes to Post Primary Education and in actions on Education Policy;
  • An organisation that works to place educational issues at the heart of national and local decision-making processes.
  • To co-operate and negotiate with all relevant bodies in securing the best possible educational and other services for our students and their parents/guardians.
  • A credible and respected organisation speaking out courageously for parent’s involvement in ETB schools.
  • To obtain representation for members of the association through NPCpp,on all relevant bodies.
  • A first-class organisation in which Post Primary School parents are proud to join.

The ETBs NPA Strategy supports the organisation’s vision and is informed by the Constitution and Vision document to ensure that the Association will show:

  • Integrity, independence and professionalism: We develop the necessary contacts and confidence in our people to enable them to carry out their role as parental representatives of student’s in second level schools and centers of education, in a professional and confidential manner.
  • Service to members: We are committed to providing an excellent service to our members.
  • Respect & support for colleagues: We respect our members and partners in education as valued stakeholders with important contributions to make to our overall goals. We encourage discussion and debate to help make the best decisions on educational policy. We want to be a Parents Association of choice, where our members can achieve their needs and without discrimination on any grounds.
  • Openness to different opinions: In all of our activities, we are open to new insights and greater understanding of ways to improve our organisation.
  • To promote and support the greater involvement of parents/guardians, in partnership with management, teachers and students.
Position Name ETB Contact Details Email
President David O’Gorman Kildare Wicklow ETB
Vice President Noel Keenan Kerry ETB
Secretary Annmarie Roche N\A
Assistant Secretary Kathleen MacGahern Longford Westmeath
Treasurer Dave Cullen Laois Offaly ETB
Assistant Treasurer Brian Martin Cavan Monaghan ETB
P.R.O. Committee

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