Democratic

Democratic

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Central to our Educate Together philosophy is a child-centred approach that is facilitated by a close co-operative relationship between teachers and parents. We work towards fostering each child in a democratic spirit. In this way, we aim to enable the children to live by and to respect the basic ideas of democracy: power-sharing and freedom of speech.

Our school community emphasises individual and collective responsibility for the children’s education, for the financial and practical support of the school, for discipline, for communication, and for the ongoing development of the school.

The Board of Management and Executive Committee operate in a representative manner. There is an obligation on the Board to involve both parents and teachers in building an educational community where the children benefit from the full use of both resources.

The work of our school committees is undertaken in a democratic fashion. Because of our Educate Together commitment to inclusiveness and equality, every effort is made to arrive at decisions by consensus. Only if consensus fails is majority voting employed. We strive to ensure that all committee decisions or proposals, whether arrived at by consensus or majority vote, are in harmony with our ethos.

Positive illustrations of democratic practice

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(a) In our classrooms
(b) School discipline
(c) Our Committee structure