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Schools of Distinction - Prizes

This award scheme aims to support the development of 'college-going' practices and a student-centred, innovative learning environment across schools nationwide, particularly within schools where there is a low progression rate to post-secondary education. Recipients of the Transformation and Innovation awards will receive:
  • A 'Trinity Access 21: School of Distinction' banner
  • Permission to use a specially developed digital logo to publicise the award
  • A €1600 Scholarship to cover the travel and accommodation costs of a number of educators to participate in the annual Trinity Access: Transforming Education International Conference
  • Campus Visit for a junior cycle year group in your school to TCD
  • School visit by TCD ambassadors
  • Access to research instruments and tailored reports for your school from Trinity Access 21 research team
  • Access to CPD workshops hosted by Trinity Access 21, creative ideas and resources submitted by all schools on the Trinity Access website
Winners of the Community award will receive:
  • A 'Trinity Access 21: School of Distinction' banner
  • Permission to use a specially developed digital logo to publicise the award
  • A smaller stipend to cover travel and accommodation for 1 educator to participate in the annual Trinity Access: Transforming Education International Conference
  • Campus visit for junior cycle year group in your school to TCD
  • Consultation/Feedback session with Trinity Access 21 staff
  • Access to CDP workshops and events hosted by Trinity Access 21, creative ideas and resources submitted by all schools on the Trinity Access website
For more information or to arrange a consultation, please contact Claire at claire@ta21.ie or Deirdre at deirdre@ta21.ie.

Transformation Prize Details

  • Our Transformation Award recognises schools that have embedded a vibrant college-going culture, transforming school vision, perceptions and expectations. Transformation Award winners have established the 3 core practices of Pathways to College, Mentoring and Leadership in Learning as fundamental to their whole school culture. Innovative and student-centred teaching and learning is a priority with teachers leading and supporting Community of Practice within their own school and the wider Trinity Access community. Transformation Award winners actively engage in a process of reflection, using school data and current research to inform their whole school planning and target setting.
  • Innovation Prize Details

  • Our Innovation Award recognises the creative and innovative ways that schools are embedding a college-going culture. They have active, student-centred programmes that support our 3 core practices of Pathways to College, Mentoring and Leadership in Learning in their school. Innovation Award winners support and encourage their teachers to explore innovative teaching methodologies, engage with other excellent teachers through our Community of Practice and establish Community of Practices within their own schools.
  • Community Prize Details

  • Our Community Award recognises the achievement of schools who have joined our Community of Practice and engaged in a process of evaluating and identifying the needs of their students and teachers through our School Survey. Community Award winners set relevant targets to address these needs and action student centred programmes with the aim of embedding a college-going culture in their school. Schools who win this award have begun the process of engaging in our 3 core practices of Pathways to College, Mentoring and Leadership in Learning, and have plans to expand these programmes in the future.