Post Primary Forbairt



The Forbairt programme is designed based on an Action Learning process. The Action Learning process enables professionals to learn and develop through engaging and reflecting on their experience in the company of peers as they seek to address real-life problems in their own organisations. It champions the ideas of practitioners and action learners in a democratic process of engagement. It generates learning from human interactions arising from solution-focused approaches to real-time, real-world work problems.

The key principles of action learning can be summarised as follows:

  • Personal action is the basis for learning
  • Focuses on real, contextual problems
  • Uses a questioning insight, geared towards goal-directed and reflective thinking, as a vehicle for learning.
  • Is a collaborative (social) exploration (‘comrades in adversity’), which is nonhierarchical and virtuous in nature.
  • Has emergent learning outcomes

(Fox 2009; Simpson and Bourner 2007; Pedler, Burgoyne and Brook 2005; Rigg and Trehan 2004)


Programme Calender:

Introductory Session

Residential 1 Teachers Leader 1 ALN Meeting 1 School Visit 1 Residential 2 Teacher Leader 2 ALN Meeting 2 School Visit 2 Report Celebration Evening
September September September October November February February March April May September
Full Forbairt Team Principal & Deputy Two Positional Leaders Clustered Schools Forbairt Team Principal & Deputy Two Positional Leaders Clustered Schools Forbairt Team Forbairt Team Forbairt Team








A List of the schools and the focus of their projects for 2015/16

School Project
1. Balla Secondary School Peer observation of AFL strategies
2. Corran College Improving Completion Rates and Quality of Homework
3. Coláiste Mhuire, Askeaton Managing Myself
4. Ardscoil na Tríonóide, Athy Digitalise all subject plans
5. Coláiste Cholmcille Increase staff engagement with Office 365
6. Coláiste Pobail Osraí Comhoibriú agus Piarmheantóireacht
7. Davitt College Improving Numeracy, with a particular focus on Percentages
8. Meánscoil Muire, Roscommon AfL/Student Feedback
9. Coláiste Mhuire , Ballygar Formative feedback
10. Dunshaughlin Community College Using the Note of Concern in the Student Journal
11. Gaelcholáiste na Mara Úsáid a bhaint as ríomhphunann chun measúnú a chur chun cinn.
12. Loreto College Foxrock The Independent Learner
13. Moyne College, Ballina Developing a collaborative culture through peer observation.
14. Rice College, Westport Improving Teaching and Learning
15. Scariff Community College Peer Collaboration
16. Scoil Mhuire, Buncrana Teachers sharing best practice
17. St. Gerald's, Castlebar Developing Problem Solving at Junior Cycle
18. St. Tiernans, Crossmolina Use and Effectiveness of Group Work in the Classroom
19. St Paul's, Waterford Using restorative practice to improve student behaviour
20. Westport College of FE Assessing Assesment
21. St.Laurence, Loughlinstown Attendance & punctuality
22. Sacred Heart, Tullamore Improve teaching and learning in the school
23. St Columba's, Stranorlar Learning Style Awareness in Students
24. St Jarlath’s, Tuam A whole school approach to differentiation strategies
25. St. Flannan's, Ennis The impact of written formative feedback
26. Adamstown Community College Teaching and Learning - The student perception
27. Dominican College, Griffith Ave. Developing Key Skills of Learners in Transition Year
28. CBS Roscommon Sharing Good Practice - An Observation Project
29. Coláiste Mhuirlinne, Galway Key Skill: Managing Myself
30. Presentation, Warrenmount Evaluating teaching and learning styles
31. Meánscoil Gharman Foghlaim neamhspleách
32. St Dominic’s Ballyfermot AFL-using Success Criteria with First Year students
33. St Mary's, Nenagh Colaborative learning


A List of the schools and the focus of their projects for 2014/15

School Project
Loreto Ballbrigan Embracing 21st Century Teaching and Learning
Scoil Chonglais, Baltinglass Instructional Intelligence
St Colemans Claremorris Assessment for Learning
Mercy College Coolock Peer teaching of Maths
Regina Mundi College Douglas Supporting Students from TY to 6th Year
Coláiste na Coiribe Measúnú
St. Joseph's College, Ballinasloe Briseann an dúchas trí shúile an chait:using CAT4
Pres. Rochford Manor, Blackrock Pair and group work in 2nd year students
Franciscan College, Gormanston Speaking and Listening in the First Year Classroom
St. Paul's, Greenhills Increasing Academic Confidence Among Pupils
St. Louis , Kiltimagh Looking at how students learn
Kinsale Community School Competencies in fractions, decimals, percentages
St Raphael's College, Loughrea Best practice through a shared approach
Sancta Maria College, Louisburgh Using iPads as a teaching aid
St. David's CBS , Artane Collaborative Peer Review
Patrician Academy, Mallow Sum It Up
St. Clare's, Manorhamilton Improve School Experience and Standards
St. Colman’s C C, Midleton A dedicated glossary of exam terms
Good Counsel College, New Ross Implementation of AfL strategies
Salesian College, Pallaskenry Exploring Learning Styles in our First Year Students
Roscommon Communty College Cooperative Learning-Improving standards
Gairmscoil na bPiarsach, Rosmuc Féin-mheasunú agus féin-fhoghlaim an scoláire
Mercy College, Sligo E-Learning Development at Mercy College
Rockbrook Park School, Rathfarnham Subject co-ordination & teacher collaboration