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Education about Religions and Beliefs (ERB) and Ethics

This section provides details of the development of a curriculum in Education about Religions and Beliefs (ERB) and Ethics.

An important part of a child's education involves learning about and understanding the lives, values and traditions of friends, classmates and members of the wider community. Much of this learning already takes place in Irish classrooms, where a child's sense of their own identity and belonging is nurtured and valued. To ensure that every child has the opportunity for such learning and to ensure that the good practices that already take place in schools are recognised, the NCCA are developing a curriculum in Education about Religions and Beliefs (ERB) and Ethics.

Education about Religion Beliefs and Ethics Play Education about Religion Beliefs and Ethics

The project worked with a network of schools to share inclusive practices taking place in various contexts. These inclusive practices speak to the diversity in our communities and schools, religious as well as cultural. They also speak to the teaching and learning of ethics and values in our classrooms. Many are rooted in the Intercultural Guidelines for Primary Schools and may link to ideas in the proposals for Education about Religions and Beliefs and Ethics. Others developed from specific school contexts and needs.

Sharing Inclusive Practice: Introduction Video Play Sharing Inclusive Practice: Introduction Video

Balbriggan Educate Together

Philosophy for Children Play Philosophy for Children
Human Rights Month Play Human Rights Month

Eglish National School

Morning Ritual Play Morning Ritual
Child-led Assembly Play Child-led Assembly

Gaelscoil Riabhach

Croí na Scoile Play Croí na Scoile

Kilcoskan National School

Religions and Beliefs: A class project Play Religions and Beliefs: A class project
Creating a school code: pupil participation Play Creating a school code: pupil participation

St. Thomas’ Junior National School

Intercultural Week Play Intercultural Week
Using picture books: mutual understanding Play Using picture books: mutual understanding

Naas Community National School

The Respect Project Play The Respect Project
Restorative Practice Play Restorative Practice
Socratic Questioning Play Socratic Questioning
Student Council Play Student Council

Sharing Inclusive Practice Seminar

On April 19th the schools in the Sharing Inclusive Practice Network came together in Marino to celebrate the work that they do and to share this work more broadly. Prof. Aislinn O’ Donnell (Maynooth University) and Dr. Patricia Kieran (Mary Immaculate College) provided a stimulating keynote. Check out the highlights

Going Visiting Play Going Visiting

The Enquiring Classroom

NCCA are delighted to have been involved and contribute to the Enquiring Classroom Project. Check out the Enquiring Classroom Handbook. As part of an ERASMUS + Project Prof. Aislinn O'Donnell and Dr. Patricia Kieran have designed a handbook that speaks to some of the themes of the Sharing inclusive Practice Network. These ideas may helpful to you in your classroom.