ETBs are statutory authorities which have responsibility for education and training, youth work and a range of other statutory functions. 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 general functions of an Education and Training Board, stated under the Education and Training Boards Act 2013, are to:
- establish and maintain recognised schools, centres for education and education or training facilities in its functional area,
- when directed to do so by the Minister:
- establish and maintain recognised schools in its functional area,
- establish and maintain centres for education in its functional area,
- maintain centres for education or recognised schools in its functional area, and
- establish, maintain or resource education or training facilities in its functional area,
- plan, provide, coordinate and review the provision of education and training, including education and training for the purpose of employment, and services ancillary thereto in its functional area in:
- recognised schools or centres for education maintained by it,
- education or training facilities maintained or resourced by it,
- children detention schools,
- prisons, and
- facilities maintained by other public service bodies,
- enter into arrangements with, and provide support services to, education or training providers,
- establish scholarships,
- adopt a strategy statement,
- adopt an annual service plan,
- cooperate with anybody nominated to carry out internal audit functions,
- provide education and training at the request of, and on behalf of, anybody which funds
- training out of money provided to that body by the Oireachtas,
- support the provision, coordination, administration and assessment of youth work services in its functional area and provide such information as may be requested by the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs in relation to such support, and
- assess whether the manner in which it performs its functions is economical, efficient and effective.
ETBs are active in local communities through the direct provision of training and education programmes delivered in training centres, colleges and other training and educational settings. In this way, ETBs seek to make a real difference to the lives of the people they serve.
Such responsiveness continues to be the hallmark of the education and training boards sector, looking outward nationally and internationally, while servicing education and training locally and individually.
Monaghan HQ – 047 30888
Cavan Office – 049 4331044
Cork HQ – 021 4907 100
Ballsbridge HQ – 01 668 0614
Letterkenny HQ – 074 916 1600
Tallaght HQ – 01 452 9600
HQ – 091 874 500
Galway Office – 091 549 400
Roscommon Office – 090 662 6151
Tralee HQ – 066 712 1488
Naas HQ – 045 988 000
Wicklow Office – 0404 60 500
Kilkenny Office – 056 777 0966
Carlow Office – 059 913 8560
Portlaoise HQ – 057 862 1352
Tullamore Office – 057 934 9400
Limerick HQ – 061 442 100
Ennis Office – 065 682 8107
Mullingar HQ – 044 934 8389
Longford Office – 043 333 4000
Louth Office – 042 933 4047
Navan Office – 046 906 8200
Castlebar HQ – 094 902 4188
Sligo Office – 071 914 5025
Carrick-on-Shannon Office – 071 962 0024
Nenagh HQ – 067 31250
Clonmel Office – 052 612 1067
Wexford HQ – 053 912 3799
Waterford Office – 051 874 007
Dungarvan Office – 058 41780
Why a Parents Association?
It gives parents at local and national level an opportunity to voice their opinions and ideas on the very important subject of education for their children. To make this voice effective we must be organised, therefore it is in the interest of parents to have a strong Parents’ Association in every school.
Parents who are active in Parents’ Associations show their children that they, the Parents, are interested not only in their academic progress at school but in their development as well. Parents will know more about the school, the teachers and any extracurricular activities that are taking place.
If there are any problems such as bullying, drugs, and peer pressure etc. these can be discussed in a friendly atmosphere with other Parents and the Principal or Vice Principal who we hope will be present for some of the time at these meetings. Meetings normally take place once a term during the school year.
For far too long Parents have said goodbye to their children, sometimes at a very early hour, have not seen them again until late in the evening, have had no knowledge or say in what they did for all those hours.
Now it is possible, through a Parents Association and in co-operation with the Board of Management, Principal and Teachers to have a voice in the education of your children at school. However, this will not happen unless parents get organised and let that voice be heard.
Why does your School need a Parents Association?
All parents/guardians should be involved by been a key part in the policy making at your School in areas such as:
Codes’ of discipline
- Schools develop pastoral care policies covering the School Ethos (Moral and Social values)
- The role of Management, Staff Principal and Parents
- Reviews currently taking place
- Teachers, non-teaching staff, Pupils and Parents, to draw up a document outlining aspects of Bullying and how it will be dealt with in your school
- Careers information library
- The gathering of information
- Careers information night
Relationships and Sexuality Education
- Information nights
- Drugs awareness
- Stress Management
Guidelines for School Associations
- Parents need help, support and information. This is a vital area where Parent Associations can help.
- Parents have no formal training in parenting; we pick it up as we go along.
- It is important in setting up a Parents Association that the partnership is seen as mutually beneficial to Parents, Teachers, School and Pupils and that it is also seen as non-threatening.
- If we want to be taken seriously as Parent Association, then we have to be professional.
- We have to establish a high degree of trust. If there is trust and integrity between parents, teachers and school, all parties benefit.
- Parents must be able to raise points of disagreement with the school in an organized manner or the partnership ceases to be effective.
- To be truly representative, the association must meet often with parents and if necessary, teachers.
Help For Parents
Parenting can be challenging at times, especially when your child is in post-primary school. There are many services available that can provide parenting information, advice and support.
Parent Associations play important role in the post primary education of our children. They ensure the parents have their voices heard. Here are some resources to help you with setting up and running a successful parent association.
Guide to the Education System (Dept of Education & Skills)
Parents’ Association Guidelines (NPCpp)
Education Policy and Legislation
Some useful links to the legislation relevant to parents of children in post-primary schools.