Kerry ETB
Castleisland Community College
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Teaching and Learning

The learning experience for our students in Castleisland Community College is built on the core values of Kerry Education and Training Board (KETB) and their 2018-2022 strategy. We aim to create and promote lifelong learning where students meet their social, economic, and civic needs. The learning environment in our school is influenced by key policies that set the criteria for a positive learning environment and effective learning experience in Castleisland Community College. We endeavour to cater for every student, their wellbeing and the development of their key skills.

Our Learning and Teaching Team.

Our Learning and Teaching Team meet weekly to discuss new and effective strategies for learning. We have created a collaborative and supportive environment for our staff to become highly effective teachers. The team work together to present effective strategies to our staff. We review and modify our school’s policies to keep it relevant to the needs of our students and to stay committed to the KETB core values.

Our school is part of a creative school's program where we work to promote and encourage creativity in learning and extra-curricular activities. Our learning and teaching team work together to ensure that students have the space to express their creativity and individuality in their learning.

We have worked collaboratively to create ‘Learning Boxes’ in each classroom. These boxes contain white boards, markers and other tools for learning to promote an effective learning experience.

Student Voice in our school

This year, we introduced a new subject to all first-year students. The subject, research skills, was created to form a Negotiated Integrated Curriculum (NIC). The NIC, developed by the National Council for Curriculum and Assessment (NCCA) works to create a safe space for student voice and to promote it across the school.


The students completed a ten-step process to decide on a key ‘concern’ to research and present throughout the year. The students decided on every aspect of their learning experience and showed great independence and ability in the process. Our students have created informative and creative posters to spread awareness about the key concerns they have agreed to study.

The NIC has promoted the development of key skills for our students. They have learned to work together in groups and take initiative in their projects.

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Members of the Castleisland Community College Student Council who have been cited, with their guidance counsellor, Juanite Lovett, as being instrumental in the college gaining its fourth Ambassador School Award. Included are from
Tonbwee, Castleisland, Co. Kerry, Ireland.
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