A new approach that can suit all kinds of young learners
The multi-denominational Educate Together schools have been one of the great success stories of Irish education in recent years, and the Bracken school has been one of its flagships.
In four years the school has grown rapidly to accommodate nearly 400 pupils of diverse ethnic backgrounds. The school embraces the multiple intelligence philosophy of the influential educator Howard Gardner, who insists that children develop at different rates and that the conventional one-size-fits-all approach can do more harm than good.
In this spirit, Aisling McQuaid says: "We teach care for the environment. There are ethical, moral and spiritual strands, so the kids do meditation and yoga. They do yoga in the classroom, the gym, outdoors if the weather is good."