Laois Education Support Centre is ‘a place in which services are provided for schools, teachers, parents, boards and other relevant persons which supports them in carrying out their functions in respect of the provision of education which is recognised for that purpose by the Minister’ (Education Act, 1998).
The Centre is directly funded by the Department of Education & Skills (DES) through the Teacher Education & Policy Section under the National Development Plan. It works with the DES to ensure
That it can respond to learner, school and system requirements through the provision of high-quality learning opportunities.
The principal activities of Laois Education Support Centre include the delivery of a varied local programme of support, training and professional development for teachers, school management, parents and school community members in response to need and demand. Activities also include the organisation and local delivery of national programmes for teacher professional and personal development on behalf of the Department of Education and Skills. Laois Education Support Centre works in collaboration with various national, regional and local partners to advance innovative initiatives for the benefit of its school communities.
Laois Education Support Centre is an independent statutory body and is managed by a voluntary Management Committee elected annually. It has a defined geographical area of responsibility. The Centre works closely with the 123 primary and 31 post primary schools in its catchment area with an overall teaching population of approximately 2,500.
Laois Education Support Centre is a modern purpose-built facility, providing a comfortable and welcoming atmosphere for personal and professional development for our primary and post-primary school communities.
Ionad Tacaíochta Oideachais Laoise
Laois Education Support