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School of Distinction Awards

This ‘21st Century Schools of Distinction Award’ aims to recognise and showcase the efforts of secondary schools nationwide to transform their school culture and/or to develop innovative approaches to teaching and learning 1 . The scheme will recognise the often extraordinary work being successfully undertaken by such schools in challenging conditions and with limited resources. It encourages participants to draw on their own school and community resources and the resources of the Trinity Access 21 project in Trinity College Dublin (a partnership with educational NGO College for Every Student in the United States) to support educational innovation and change.

The aim of this award scheme is to support the development of core ‘college-going’ practices and a 21st century teaching and learning environment across schools nationwide, particularly within schools where there is a low progression rate to post-secondary education. The 21st Century School of Distinction Award’ aims to promote and award:

  1. Innovation in the classroom;
  2. Development of a whole-school, ‘college-going’ culture;
  3. Engagement with the community to support educational uplift.

Prizes

In spring 2017, schools were selected for the second annual 21st Century School of Distinction award. In the second year, 8 schools were selected for the full award. The award recipients will receive:

  • A ‘21st Century School of Distinction’ banner & Certificate;
  • Permission to use a specially developed digital logo to publicise the award;
  • A Scholarship to cover the travel and accommodation costs of an educator to participate in the US national conference of College for Every Student, an educational non-profit which partners with Trinity Access 21 for development of this project and works with over 200 US schools;
  • Access to creative ideas and resources submitted by all schools on the Trinity Access 21 website and through a Google Community, so that they can be shared and used more widely.

6 Schools were selected for the ‘Future Vision’ award, for an application that details a plans for the coming year and show excellent progress in the, will receive:

  • A ‘21st Century Future Vision School’ certificate;
  • Permission to use a specially developed digital logo to publicise the award;
  • Access to creative ideas and resources submitted by all schools on the Trinity Access 21 website and through a Google Community, so that they can be shared and used more widely.

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