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This course will be available via blended learning.
Starting in September 2017, this course will provide a comprehensive overview of law and education, with a focus on both domestic and European law in the area.
Many laws impact the day–to–day running of schools, from admissions policies, to liability for negligence, to the place of religion in the classroom. In the modern educational environment, it is essential that principals, assistant principals, teachers of all levels and those in management positions are familiar with this legal matrix. This diploma will provide participants with a comprehensive practical knowledge of the law as it relates to the provision of education in Ireland.
Delivery will be on a limited number of weekends over the course of one academic year, with classes presented by leading experts. Course participants will take part in large and small group sessions in which the law will be applied directly to classroom practice and school management.
Delivered via blended learning and with most sessions recorded, this course will be accessible to students regardless of their geographical location and attendance in person will be optional for many classes.
Free parking and refreshments will be provided for participants.
Course Start Date: Friday 22 September 2017
Application Deadline: Unfortunately this course is now fully subscribed. The application form for the 2018/2019 course will be available here in early 2018. Register your interest using the below form and we will notify you when we are accepting applications for 2018/2019.
Lectures will be recorded and students on the course will be able to stream these recordings at a time of their choosing, provided they have an Internet connection.
1. INTRODUCTION TO THE LEGAL SYSTEM AND STAKEHOLDERS IN EDUCATION – Friday 22 and Saturday 23 September 2017
Introduction to the Irish Legal System
Key Stakeholders in Education
2. LAW OF SCHOOL MANAGEMENT – Friday 10 and Saturday 11 November 2017
Law of School Management
Enrolment, Discipline and Section 29 Appeals
Negligence and Occupiers’ Liability in Schools
3. CHILDREN’S RIGHTS – Friday 26 and Saturday 27 January 2018
Child Welfare: The Paramount Concern
The Rights of a Child with a Disability / Special Needs
Religion in the Classroom
4. RIGHTS AND RESPONSIBILITIES OF TEACHERS – Friday 13 and Saturday 14 April 2018
Employment Law Issues in Schools
The Regulation of Teachers
Anatomy of a Case
On completion of the course, students should be better able to:
Classes will take place at King’s Inns from 6.00pm–8.30pm on each of the above Friday evenings and from 9.30am–3.30pm (approx.) on each of the above Saturdays.
Students on the course will attend large group sessions / lectures on Friday evenings and Saturday mornings, and small group sessions / tutorials on Saturday afternoons.
All large group sessions will be recorded for the benefit of distance learners.
Assessment will be via two take home assignments, to be completed on an individual basis;
The first assignment will have a word limit of 2,500 and the second will have a word limit of 3,500.
Students will also be asked to take part in group work and presentations during the course; this work will not count towards the assessment but is an important part of the course.
The course will be suitable for: principals, assistant principals, bursars and teachers working in both primary and secondary education; persons involved in school management; anyone involved in school–level education in Ireland.
Fees can be viewed here.
Applications are made here.
The coordinators of the course are Dr. Claire O’Connor BL and Dr. Claire Hogan BL.
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