Athy College leads in new teaching skills method

Athy College is a key player in the national rollout of the new In Career Development Programme for post-primary and primary schools across the country.

Athy College is a key player in the national rollout of the new In Career Development Programme for post-primary and primary schools across the country.

Launched last Monday March 5, by Education Minister Ruairi Quinn, this new teaching method will be adopted by all schools in Ireland.

Speaking to the Leader, Principal Richard Daly said he was delighted Athy College was chosen as one of the first implementors of this new programme.

“Athy College will be one of the schools leading this new teaching method. It’s very exciting and a great opportunity for the school .”

Visiting the school last Friday was Canadian academic Dr Barry Bennett who has spearheaded this research. He was given a guided tour of the multimillion-euro campus and met with teachers leading the In Career method at the secondary school.

Second-year teacher Deirdre Murphy, who along with her Maths class, presented the new skills to the Minister, said it was “a privilege and a honour” to be involved in the project. “It’s about getting students more engaged in the classroom rather than the chalk and talk based methods. It’s a privilege and a great honour for our school,” she said.