Learning Leaders / IM Bursary Scheme


The application form for the 19/20/21 Learning Leaders Support Scheme is now available at the link below.

Please note that this form covers courses that took place in the 19/20 and the 20/21 school year.

The deadline for applications is Friday 19th February 2021.

Details on the application process are available in the application form.

If you require further guidance, please email onigfhearraigh@comhairle.org

IM Bursary-Scheme-Application Form 2019-2021 Feb21

Learning Leaders Strategy

The Department of Education has a duty under Article 89 of the Education and Libraries (NI) Order 1998 to encourage and facilitate Irish-medium education (IM). As an element of this duty the department funds on an annual basis the Irish Medium Education Bursary Scheme which is administered jointly by the Education Authority (EA) and Comhairle na Gaelscolaíochta (CnaG) and is allocated in accordance with the aims enshrined in the Learning Leaders’ Strategy (DE 2016).

This scheme provides Teacher Professional Learning (TPL) opportunities for staff in Irish Medium schools through the provision of a range of immersive Irish Language programmes facilitated by a range of providers.

The overall aim of the Learning Leaders’ Strategy is:

to empower the teaching profession to strengthen its professionalism and expertise to meet the challenging educational needs of young people in the 21st century.

The supporting objectives are:

to provide a structured framework for teacher professional learning; develop the leadership capacity of teachers; and provide practice-led support within communities of effective practice. These objectives are underpinned by agreed characteristics of effective provision.

The Strategy focuses on five key areas:

I. Teacher Professional Learning Framework – empowering teachers to build on their strengths and access additional support, through combinations of learning approaches geared towards personal learning and career preferences and reflecting the needs of their pupils.

II. Development and Dissemination of Good Practice – supporting the identification and harnessing of innovative practice in professional learning already in the system in order to effect improvement and develop ‘next’ practice.

III. Building Professional Learning Communities – supporting closer collaboration between practitioners, schools and school clusters and professional learning providers.

IV. Building Leadership Capacity – strengthening the current support and professional learning for school leaders.

V. Engagement – engaging with practitioners and other stakeholders  across the system on the actions arising out of this Strategy.

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