Roles, Responsibilities and Commitments in running the TL21 Programme:
Maynooth University Education Department

  • Provision of educational advice and support to the Centres
  • Provision of an accreditation route (optional) M.Ed. in Innovative Learning
  • Visiting Centres and meeting participants at start of initiative, during initiative and at end of initiative
  • Meeting Directors and Co-ordinators periodically to review

Education Centres

  • Promoting and advertising the TL21 Programme
  • Recruiting appropriate schools
  • Recruiting a local co-ordinator
  • Setting up and chairing a Steering Committee
  • Recording attendance at workshops
  • Providing accreditation for non-university option
  • Providing  a conference/workshop room, and catering and photocopying facilities
  • Payment of workshop tutors

Participating Schools – including teachers and school leaders

  • Committing  three to five staff members, including Principal/DeputyPrincipal, to a two-year process of continuing professional development (teachers not following the university accreditation route might commit for one year rather than two, but it is expected that in such cases, the one-year participants would be replaced  by a colleague for Year 2);


  • Committing to the developmental learning goals and contributing to the workshop themes in the light of these goals;


  • Selecting specific teaching and learning initiatives to work on in their own practice in the intervals between workshops (key role here for school leaders in promoting specific initiatives and staff collaborations);


  • Sharing with colleagues at subsequent workshops accounts of their progress with such initiatives;


  • Sharing new ideas and practice with colleagues in their own schools – ranging from a few colleagues in the early stages  to a wider range of such colleagues in later stages. (again, a key role here for school leaders).

Department of Education and Skills

  • Funding the Co-ordinator in each Centre