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'I'm French and I teach History in English to Year 11 and 12 students in a College in Bordeaux. I just wanted to let you know that I really appreciate your blog and the classroom resources you propose.'
Thomas Feldstein, Bordeaux


‘Irish literature has created a magical learning environment for our children. Its range and quality enable all of them to participate in our Ireland project and to produce work of fantastic quality.’
Gorsemoor Primary School, Staffordshire


‘I was very impressed by the materials you sent ... they represented good educational practice and offered possible lines of study, particularly in English, which we are currently trying to encourage.’
QCA


‘Through using simple themes to discover that not all giants in British & Irish fairy tales were violent and threatening and that not all of them had beards and dark hair, children were introduced at an early age [Yr 3] to stereotypes and encouraged to appreciate how different countries had their own traditional tales, some of which shared similar themes to stories with which the children were already familiar. Teachers realised the potential of such comparisons for promoting themes of mutual understanding.’
British & Irish MPs


‘This poem symbolises all the fighting going on in Ireland with all the bombings and shootings as the separation of Ireland continues. This division in Northern Ireland is historical as shown in stanza 1 “A wall divides the wet land, planted in the past”. Stanza 3 says “A soldier’s gun trained on me - teaches nothing new”.’

Yr 11 student, Calday GS, Wirral

‘I used to think Irish troubles had nothing to do with me. Now I realise there are very strong links.’
Year 11 student, Nottingham Pilot Scheme


‘I really like the idea of taking the Easter Rising and the Western Front as a case study to illuminate bigger issues of identity and representation. This is a splendid example of how historical content can be tremendously significant whilst also being a vehicle for some transferable skills and values.’
School of Education, Warwick University


‘I aroused the excited curiosity of Years 1 & 2 when I told them that we were going to study an Irish pirate. The excitement became almost irrepressible when it gradually dawned upon them that the pirate was a woman - the fearless Grace O’Malley.’
Naseby CE Primary School, Northamptonshire

‘Thank you for the wonderful way in which you are helping us to help teachers. I hope we can develop the ideas and materials from Ireland in Schools as an example of how productive it can be to take a particular culture or community as a starting point for reading the world through words.’
Key Stage 3 English
Strategy


'As a ‘hook’ this short series of lessons worked very well. The insights gained into the emotional and psychological impact of living in Northern Ireland have never been achieved before (by us anyway!) using text books, which do not (cannot?) go there.'

Wrenn School, Wellingborough