Kildare and Wicklow ETB Newsletter Issue 8 - Page 4

In post primary we continue to implement the changeover to the VSware IT system. This is a major investment by KWETB with an outlay of over €200,000. The VSware system provides a real-time dashboard of information that assists school management and administration to monitor important school data in real time throughout the school day. It also provides real time information to teaching staff in relation to timetabling, supervision & substitution and student information.

To date the system has been rolled out to all of our schools. We are now in phase 2 of the project with a focus on training in timetabling/planning. I appreciate the amount of work that was involved in the roll out. I thank all teachers, school administrators and managers for their efforts in implementing the new system.

Another major piece of work for post primary is implementation of the new Junior Certificate model. DES Circular letter 24/2016 which we just received focuses on

* The new programme for Junior Cycle.

* Whole School development, planning and structure of the Junior Cycle

* Curricular and assessment arrangements and content for the Junior Cycle Programme

* Phasing of the Junior Cycle reform

* The subject of well-being from 2017 for the first time

I do not underestimate the challenge ahead in moving to the new model of Junior Cycle and I look forward to working closely with school leaders and partners on the implementation programme.

I am delighted to note that this e-zine includes a roll of honour for all those students/learners who have excelled and have achieved significant awards. I particularly would like to mention hot off the press that many of our students will represent KWETB at the National Enterprise Awards final in June – this is truly a sign of our excellence in teaching in promoting entrepreneurial and innovation skills in our young people.

I would like to congratulate Kevin Lewis from the Senior Management Team on his promotion to Chief Executive of Waterford Wexford Education and Training Board (WWETB) and Rory O’ Toole, Principal of Scoil Chonglais, Baltinglass on his promotion to the role of Acting Education Officer in KWETB. Go N'éirí an bóthar libh.

Thank you to all who have contributed to this very worthy KWETB e-zine. It is a great initiative and is really creating a community within our organisation. I hope you all have a well-earned, happy and safe break over Easter and I look forward to working with you in the summer term.

Seán