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About us
 
Ireland in Schools (IiS) is a national network of volunteers which provides free teaching and learning resources for primary and secondary schools in Britain.

Aim
The aim of IiS is to make Ireland a part of the normal curriculum in Britain, from primary schools to sixth-forms, by making it easy for teachers to draw upon Ireland in their teaching.

Inspiration
The original inspiration was to underpin the peace process in Ireland by fostering better understanding of Ireland in Britain through young people.

Educational life of its own
However, the programme has taken on an educational life of its own by
  • addressing key curriculum issues
  • enriching the teaching and learning experience for teachers and pupils alike and
  • making learning fun as well as challenging.

Catalyst & resource

In sum, IiS is a catalyst, resource and clearing house, helping teachers to exploit Ireland's rich potential by developing Irish pathways through the curriculum


 

Addressing key curriculum issues

* Contributes towards the teaching of Citizenship, mutual understanding, ethnic and cultural diversity and British history by helping to extend the curriculum beyond the Anglo-centric focus of most published resources.

* Promotes current developments in the curriculum including the Primary and Secondary National Strategies and the Needs of the Child.

*Enhances potential by developing thinking skills, links with English, including historical fiction, and a range of creative approaches from drama to dance.

Helping teachers: free resources
The free IiS resources are developed by teachers
  • to reflect the realities of the curriculum and the classroom and
  • to provide models of best practice.

They cover a wide range of subjects across the curriculum, primary and secondary, but are especially strong on English, History and cross-curricular and creative approaches.