ESCI Statement of Strategy 2020-2023 Launch
Education Support Centres Ireland (ESCI) launched their Statement of Strategy 2020-2023, their new website www.esci.ie, and new Twitter handle @escitweets, at the Annual General Meeting in Athlone Education Centre on Saturday 7th March. ESCI is the umbrella organisation of the 21 full-time and 9 part-time Education Centres throughout Ireland. It represents the interest of the network as a whole.
The ESCI Strategic Planning Sub-Committee: Éadaoin McGovern, David McCague and Ray McInerney, outlined the process through which the document has come to fruition following extensive consultation among the Education Centre network over the past year. This Strategy Statement 2020-2023 expresses a clear ambition that Education Support Centres (ESCI) are celebrated as Centres of Excellence, meeting the personal and professional development needs of all those working in our primary and post-primary schools. The network will respond to learner, school and system requirements through the provision of high-quality learning opportunities. This strategy document is presented as a realistic guide to enable the accomplishment of this ambition.
Please click HERE to view and download the ESCI Statement of Strategy.
The principal activities of Education Support Centres include the delivery of a varied local programme of support, training and professional development for teachers, school management, parents and school community members in response to demand. Activities also include the organisation and local delivery of national programmes for teacher professional and personal development on behalf of the Department of Education and Skills. Education Support Centres also work in collaboration with various local partners to advance innovative initiatives for the benefit of school communities. Some Education Support Centres also administer specific programmes and support services for the Department of Education and Skills.
Celia Walsh, Chairperson, ESCI: “On behalf of the executive of Education Support Centres Ireland (ESCI), I welcome the formulation of this key document in the development of the Education Centre network as a whole. Strategic planning is essential for any organisation and this plan will play a significant role in facilitating ESCI to plot the direction that will lead our network towards achieving its greatest potential. It provides a framework within which we can set targets, select specific strategies and implement changes that will improve our policies and practice. Efficiency in our structures and operations in conjunction with improved communication strategies will enhance the effectiveness of our network in representing all partners within the ESCI network and this document provides the blueprint for achieving these objectives. I wish to acknowledge the commitment and dedication of the strategic planning group and to thank them for the significant work done in developing this document. I also wish to thank the other Education Centre Directors, Centre Management committees and the regional ESCI representatives for their cooperation in the process of progressing this initiative.”
The ESCI ICT Subcommittee: Siobhán Kavanagh, Catherine Doolan and Daragh McDaid, gave an overview of the newly developed website www.esci.ie, and new Twitter handle @escitweets. The website includes an interactive map with links to information on the 21 full-time and 9 part-time Education centres throughout the country. The new CPD Courses section, designed by Huw Roberts, OnTarget Web Design, now has enhanced functionality, which pulls in courses from centres all over the country allowing users to view courses taking place in Education Centres nationwide. There is also the ability to search for course by category, education centre, and includes a keyword search for subject specific courses. The website and twitter handle will enable the Education centre network to develop effective communication with school communities and education partners on the quality professional and personal development opportunities available for educators at local, regional and national level.