Topic Name Description
Teaching and Learning at a Distance - Second Level URL 08 May, 2020 – Minister announces postponement of 2020 Leaving Certificate examinations

All students to be offered the option of accepting Calculated Grades or sitting Leaving Certificate written examinations at a later date. Guides and further information available at this link.  


URL 10th April, 2020 Minister McHugh - Schools to remain closed until further notice. Postponement of LC; JC exams cancelled

The Minister said...

"As part of the changes to the Junior Cycle, discussions will take place with teacher unions and school management to allow these examinations, linked Classroom-Based Assessments, Assessment Tasks and project work to be completed as school-based assessments early in the next school year".

Minister McHugh acknowledged the positive engagement he has had with unions, management bodies, the further education and training and higher education sectors on all of these issues.


File Guidance on Continuity of Schooling April 2nd 2020
File DES Letter to Teachers and Principals 25th March 2020

  • Extended closure of schools until 19th April
  • Important social distancing information in 17 languages
  • Information about the continuity of teaching and learning

File DES Letter to Principals and Teachers re PDST and Scoilnet Resources
URL PDST - Distance Learning

This page of curated content has been developed to support schools and teachers engaged in distance learning in order to provide continuity to pupils/students.  Using some of the online platforms and/or tools that are detailed on this page, schools will be enabled to limit the impact of school closures by giving learners access to materials, support, classwork and feedback. 

URL Scoilnet Resource Bank
URL Ethical Education Second Level Resource Bank
URL PDST Teaching Online course for teachers
URL Learning for All - PDST and Teaching Council Webinar series

A live webinar series, starting Tuesday, 31 March at 12pm, from the Teaching Council and Professional Development Service for Teachers (PDST) to help support learning from home in these changing times.

File DES Supporting the Wellbeing of Students: Guidance for Post-Primary Schools and Student Support Teams during School Closures and Public Health Restrictions arising from COVID-19
URL NCGE Covid 19 support page URL
URL Webinar Series: Adapting the Guidance plan to support continuity of Guidance provision

Wednesdays at 2.30pm 

File DES : Continuity of Guidance Counselling - Guidelines for schools providing online support for students File
File NCGE : Support information for Guidance Counsellors in Schools​ File
File Monaghan Education Centre : Supervision: Information for Supervisors and Guidance Counsellors File
File Accompanying presentation to​ DES Guidelines & NCGE Information for Schools File
URL Google for Education Webinar
File Letter to management bodies from Irish Copyright Licensing Agency
File Irish Copyright Licensing Agency
URL Webinar Wednesday from Léargas
External Supports for Distance Learning URL Irish Times Guide to Best Teaching and Learning Resources

As well as sharing on this forum the Irish Times are also asking teachers to share top tips via Twitter and Instagram using the hashtag #EdShareIE 

URL How to use 'Zoom' for online learning
URL Folens Ebooks

  1. Go to www.FolensOnline.ie
  2. Select Teacher
  3. Fill in username, email and password
  4. Use Sec20 for Roll Number 

URL Edco Ebooks

1. Log in to edcolearning.ie 
2. Username: jcedcobooks
3. Password: edco 2020

URL CJ Fallon Ebooks
URL Gill Education Ebooks
URL Educate.ie Ebooks
URL Library Ebooks and audiobooks

  1. Go to http://librariesireland.ie/join
  2. Complete the registration & set a PIN
  3. Log in to Borrowbox with those details to download eBooks and audiobooks

URL Audible Free Audiobooks
URL Leaving Cert Resources
File Covid 19 Student-Led Teaching Resource from The Economist
File Dev Ed for Remote Learning
File Google for Education- access, information and resources
Virtual Tours URL The Ultimate Guide to Virtual Museum Resources, E-Learning, and Online Collections
URL Kilmainham Gaol Online Tour
URL National History Museum of Ireland
URL Áras An Uachtaráin
URL The Louvre online tours
URL Musee d'Orsay Paris
URL The Vatican
URL Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery, Washington DC
URL Thyssen-Bornemisza National Museum, Madrid, Spain
URL Uffizi Galleries, Florence
URL Tate Modern, London
URL Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam
URL Guggenheim Museum, New York
URL British Museum, London
URL Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam
URL National Gallery of Art, Washington DC
URL Street Art tours
URL National Gallery of Ireland downloadable resources