Creative Clusters 2021-2022

The Department of Education are pleased to announce the opening of a new round of Creative Clusters. The deadline for receipt of applications is Friday 14th May 2021.

Each Creative Cluster will receive grant funding of €3,000 per school over a two-year period to implement their project in the 2021–2023 school years (e.g. a cluster of 3 schools would receive €9,000 over two years while a cluster of 5 schools would receive €15,000 over two years). Clusters will receive 50% of the total grant funding in Year 1, with the second 50% being provided in Year 2. In addition, but separate to the grant funding, all successful clusters are further supported with: A fully paid Creative Cluster Facilitator; paid Teacher Substitution to attend training and meetings; room hire, travel & subsistence.

Please see the following link for more details: Creative Clusters

  • Schools can apply as part of a cluster which may be an existing network of schools.
  • A school nearing the end of year 2 of an existing Creative Cluster can reapply to be in a new cluster where the other schools in the new cluster have not participated before.
  • Schools nearing the end of 2 years with Creative Schools
  • are eligible to apply.
  • The local Teacher Education Support Centre will have a key role in identifying and supporting a Creative Cluster for their local area.
  • A total of 21 Creative Clusters will be selected nationally - One successful Creative Cluster per Education Centre.

Applications should be sent to the local full-time Teacher Education Centre (list at Appendix 1 of Guidelines document on Department of Education/DoE website). 

Any queries, please contact your local Education Centre or email Arts in Education Administration This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Creative Clusters is an initiative of the Department of Education, led by and in partnership with the 21 full-time Teacher Education Centres (Education Support Centres Ireland - ESCI) and funded through the Schools Excellence Fund.

Creative Cluster Poster 2021-2022


Preparation for Teaching & Learning/Primary Language Curriculum Support Session Tuesday April 27th @ 3.30p.m.

Since the introduction of the Primary Language Curriculum, teachers have naturally been asking how this change in curriculum impacts on their classroom planning.

To support teachers in primary and special schools, guidance has been developed through a collaboration led by the Department of Education and involving schools/teachers, the NCCA, the NCSE, and the PDST.

The Guidance aims to support all teachers and school leaders by providing a renewed understanding of how planning and preparation for teaching and learning is demonstrated in the classroom.

The Guidance will be officially launched at an Information Event on the 27th of April, from 3:30-4:45pm. Click here to register

Leaving Certificate Computer Science E-Bulletin

For the attention of Principals, TY Co-ordinators & Guidance Teachers: Please click on this link to access the second edition of the Leaving Certificate Computer Science E-bulletin developed by the Leaving Certificate Computer Science Support Framework Group. Can you circulate this information to your students please? LCCS E-Bulletin 2 March 2021


The ESCI (Education Support Centres Ireland) website pulls in courses from Education Centres all over the country allowing you view all courses taking place nationwide.

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