CDETB provides a range of supports to its students both directly and indirectly (listed alphabetically below).  Click on the links to find out more.

Student Supports/Services

Professional Supports/Services

Adult Education Guidance Service

The aim of the Adult Education Guidance Initiative is to provide a quality adult educational guidance service to students attending literacy and adult and community education programmes in the five Adult Education Areas.
The AEGI provides information on a wide range of courses for adults. These include Literacy courses, Post-Leaving Certificate courses, courses under the Vocational Training Opportunities Scheme, courses offered by Adult and Community Education Centres and Access Courses to Third Level Colleges and Universities.
The AEGI provides information and guidance for adults in a relaxed and confidential manner.

Contact details:

Ballymun Michelle Morrissey
CDETB Adult Education Service
Ballymun Road, Ballymun, Dublin 11
Tel: (01) 862 3828 / (01) 862 3835
Fax: (01) 891 6461
Finglas Karen Granville
CDETB Adult Education Service
Barry Road, Finglas West, Dublin 11
Tel: (01) 558 5199
Inner City Fiona Clarke
CDETB Adult Education Service – Inner City
10 Parnell Square East
Transition Centre
Dublin 1
Tel: (01) 878 7495
Crumlin Maura Conway
CDETB Adult Education Service
c/o Crumlin College of Further Education
Crumlin Road, Dublin 12
Tel: (01) 454 7193
Ballyfermot Civic Centre,
Ballyfermot Road, Dublin 10
Tel: (01) 623 9716

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Back to Education Initiative (BTEI)

(BTEI is co-funded by the Irish Government and the European Social Fund as part of the ESF Programme for Employability, Inclusion and Learning 2014-2020).

The Back to Education Initiative (BTEI) provides part-time courses for adults and young people who wish to return to learning. Anyone can take part in these courses but they are aimed primarily at those with little or no formal educational qualifications and there are no fees for anyone on a medical card or their dependents or for anyone with less than upper second level education. A programme may be offered for anything from 1 hour to 17 hours per week for up to 33 weeks per year.

CDETB colleges and centres delivering BTEI offer a wide range of courses at times which suit the learners. These could be in the mornings, afternoons, evenings or at weekends. All courses offer certification usually at Junior Certificate, Leaving Certificate or FETAC Levels 3, 4 and 5. It is hoped that BTEI will allow those with family, work and other commitments to return to education and training and gain qualifications in their chosen area.

Courses offered include: Childcare, Office Skills, Computing, English, Business Studies, Horticulture, Cookery and Art.
The courses are available at a number of CDETB colleges and centres.

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Disability Support Service

The Disability Support Service (DSS) is a joint educational service provided by CDETB and the National Learning Network. The service is currently available in the colleges listed below.

• Ballyfermot College of Further Education
• Pearse College of Further Education
• Inchicore College of Further Education
• Colaiste Íde College of Further Education
• Plunket College
• Whitehall College of Further Education
• Killester College of Further Education
• Coláiste Dhύlaigh College of Further Education

The DSS supports students who are having either a temporary or ongoing difficulty in accessing their continuing education. The aim of the service is to support students and to work in partnership with colleagues, staff and external agencies who have a range of expertise that will enable a truly supportive, holistic educational service to be provided to students attending CDETB colleges.

This is a free and confidential service.

For more information contact:
Gráinne Delahunt
Disability Support Services Coordinator
Tel: 086 6064450

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Sports and Cultural Council

The CDETB Sports and Cultural Council (SCC) promotes and co-ordinates sporting and cultural events for all full-time CDETB students. Sporting activities include a wide range of solo and team sports at both competitive and ‘try-out’ levels. Activities in the cultural area include competitions, workshops and exhibitions in music, film, theatre, dance, creative writing and art. A full calendar of events is organised on a voluntary basis by CDETB teachers and opportunities for participation are available to all full time CDETB students. In addition, a bursary fund (the Niall Smyth Memorial Bursary) supports high achieving CDETB students in their cultural and sporting pursuits.

Central Committee comprises:

Honorary President is the Chief Executive
Members of the Board of Studies
Six Teachers nominated by each school
Executive Officers of the Sports and Cultural Council
Two Senior Students

Annual General Meeting

The AGM is held usually during the month of May.   Members of the Central Committee are eligible for election to the executive committee of the SCC.
Email:      Web site:

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CDETB has sportsgrounds at Terenure on the south side of the city and in Whitehall on the north side. These provide sporting and recreational facilities for both staff and students within the CDETB.

For Terenure contact: St. Kevin’s College at    (01) 453 6397
For Whitehall contact: Plunket College at    (01) 837 1689

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Vocational Training Opportunities Scheme (VTOS)

VTOS is a programme that gives unemployed adults the opportunity to return to full time education without losing their benefits.
VTOS applicants must be:

  • Aged 21 or over
  • Unemployed for at least 6 months (156 days)
  • In receipt of Social Welfare benefit or credits for at least 6 months
  • In receipt of One Parent Family Allowance
  • In receipt of Disability Allowance
  • In receipt of Disability Benefit

Facts you should know
Take up the VTOS challenge and immediately the benefits are:

  • Getting back to education
  • Payments equal to your Social Welfare benefits
  • Meal and Travel allowance
  • Book loan system and free materials
  • You may be eligible for a crèche allowance

After VTOS, your long term bonuses can be:

  • Being part of the mainstream marketplace
  • An increased range of lifestyle options
  • Perhaps further education
  • Skill acquisition

What does the programme involve?
Approximately thirty hours a week
It is possible to get certification in subjects for the Junior Certificate, Leaving Certificate, City and Guilds, FETAC, or other suitable qualifications.

What kind of courses are on offer?
FIT (Fast-track Into Technology)
Foundation Courses
Post Leaving Certificate Courses
Repeat Leaving Certificate Course (1 Year)
Two-Year Leaving Certificate Courses

There are also a range of specific skills courses available in a wide range of subject areas e.g. Business, Computers, Languages, Art and Design etc.

Still Interested?
If you want further information just contact your local VTOS Co-ordinator (see list) or CDETB Head Office at (01) 6680614

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Inspire Programme

Both the Department of Education and Skills (DES) and City of Dublin Education and Training Board (CDETB) recognise that there is a need for an education service for students in the 12-15 age group who are experiencing difficulty in school and who often end up being excluded from school because of their particular difficulties.

Who we are
The Inspire Programme is an education support programme for students aged 12-15 yrs. who are experiencing social/ emotional/ behavioural difficulties in school.

Our Aims

  1. To assess students’ needs
  2. To deliver a student centred education support programme
  3. To enhance and develop students’ personal and social skills
  4. To work in close partnership with families and schools
  5. To encourage students to remain in education

Target Student Group

  • Students aged between 12-15 yrs. where there is a belief in a future for the student in the school and where the school is willing to work with the programme to support this.
  • Students who freely choose to participate in the programme.

Programme Details

  • 8 week programme
  • Students return to secondary school every Friday throughout the 8 weeks to assist with successful reintegration
  • The students will be in small group classes of no more than 10 students with additional one to one classes where needed.
  • Every student will have an IAP developed
  • Every student will complete the CDETB Profiler which is an online assessment that provides the student with an individualised report, targeting where support is needed and guidance on how to provide that support.

Contact us
We are located in Pleasants Street Education Centre, 16 Pleasants Street, Dublin 8.
Phone:  (01) 4780550

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New Outreach Young Adult Career Guidance Service

CDETB Outreach Young Adult Career Guidance Service – supporting 16-25 age group and services in Dublin 1, 3 and 7 areas.

Contact us
3rd Floor, 10 Parnell Square East, Transition Centre, Dublin 1.
Phone: ( 01) 8787495
Contact Names: Stephen Byrne/Nicola Gilsenan

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Curriculum Development Unit

The CDETB Curriculum Development Unit (CDU), established in 1972 by CDVEC, Trinity College Dublin, and the Department of Education provides support to teachers in curriculum development and research.

The CDU in partnership with teachers tutors and schools initiates a variety of initiatives primarily aimed at second level (junior and senior cycle) and at further education (NFQ levels 1-6).

At all times there are three core strands at the heart of the work of the CDU: the professional development of teachers to meet the needs of learners, the development of the curriculum in partnership with other stakeholders in education and the promotion of the concept of the teacher as a researcher.

The CDU responds to the needs within the CDETB and the broader national and international education community through initiating, developing, exchanging, implementing, supporting or managing educational initiatives, projects and support services across a range of educational areas. One area of focus is on social justice issues as well as programmes involving inclusion, access and participation that address the causes and effects of educational disadvantage.

Schedule for June OPD Sessions
Schedule for June PD Sessions
Zoomergisers Information
Blended Learning Course Outline June 2020

Contact details for CDU

McCann House, 99 Marlborough Road, Donnybrook, Dublin 4
Tel: (01) 498 9500
Fax: (01) 496 9087

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Education Support Service

The primary focus of the CDETB Education Support Service is to work closely with a number of its second level schools in relation to identifying and working with students, who for a variety of reasons, are either seriously disruptive or displaying behavioural difficulties. These are primarily students who are progressing towards expulsion under Section 29 of the Education Act.

Working closely with the school and other relevant agencies the Education Support Service aims to

  • Support the development of initiatives that reduce the risk of expulsion for these students
  • Work with the student and schools in relation to their pre-expulsion and expulsion process
  • Locate and assist students in finding alternative education facilities, where these are required
  • Research and inform CDETB policy development in relation to this area

Contact Information
Tel: (01) 668 0614

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International Project Support Service

The CDETB International Projects Support Service is managed by John Hogan and supports Principals/Heads of Centres to identify international partners where research projects can be designed and completed to capture good practice that can benefit the Scheme as a whole. In general Comenius funding is provided for projects in Mainstream education. Leonardo da Vinci funding supports the PLC and Further Education projects while Grundtivg projects are aimed at the Adult Education sector. The following is just a small sample of current international activity.

Learn how to be an astute consumer with DOLCETA
DOLCETA, the on-line consumer education project (, was launched by Minister Séan Haughey TD, on Wednesday 16th December, at the European Public Information Centre in Dublin.

Minister Séan Haughey congratulated the Irish consumer experts who have contributed to this site. He described it as a fine example of good practice showing the European Commission working hand in hand with member states to achieve common objectives in consumer education.

Jacinta Stewart CEO CDETB said ‘When I visited the Dolecta website I went the teacher’s corner and saw this: ‘It is the responsibility of every educator, whether in school or at home, to equip the next generation to be an astute consumer. That’s crystal clear, to the point and unarguable with. All the modules are written in this style. Then I looked at Consumer Rights, Product Safety, Financial Services and Sustainable Consumption and immediately decided this should be compulsory reading in my household’.

The DOLCETA project is funded by the European Commission. All 27 member states are involved. The CDETB Curriculum Development Unit has developed resources for the Irish section of the website. The project aims raise the level of awareness and understanding of European consumer rights in member states and develop interactive web-based tools for consumer education to be used primarily with teachers, trainers and adult educators in educational settings, government bodies with consumer responsibilities and consumer organisations.

With a view to becoming more informed regarding the whole concept of eLearning and the provision of On-line services the CDETB are engaging with four major International research projects.

Project No.1 involves CDETB as a member of the European Federation of Distance and Digital Learning (EFODL) where members from Belgium, England, France, Northern Ireland, the Netherlands and Ireland are all combining to complete research and projects in the area of Digital and Distance learning.

Project No. 2 is all about developing a framework that will support teachers’ CPD in the use of ICT’s. Countries involved include Italy, Northern Ireland and (FIT Ltd and CDETB) Ireland.

Project No. 3 is based in Colaiste Dhulaigh CFE and the project is known as – Developing a Quality Standards Framework for ICT in Learning. Countries participating in this project include Italy, Northern Ireland, Poland and (FIT Ltd and CDETB) Ireland.

Project No. 4 is researching the suitability of Innovative Learning Platforms for Vocational Education and Training Organisations. Countries participating in this project include England, Italy, the Netherlands and in Ireland FIT Ltd and CDETB.

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Psychological Service

The City of Dublin Education and Training Board’s Psychological Service was founded in 1960. The service is currently staffed by its Chief Psychologist and a team of psychologists who deliver a comprehensive psychological service to the schools, colleges and centres within CDETB. The service is delivered through a combination of individual, group and systemic approaches, participation in Care Teams, staff support and supervision and in-service training.

CDETB Psychological Service staff work areas:

  • CDETB Second Level Schools
  • CDETB Colleges of Further Education
  • CDETB Youthreach Centres
  • Community Training Centres
  • Dublin Drug Treatment Court

The CDETB Psychological Service is dedicated to providing a supportive and professional service that reaches out to work with the schools, colleges and centres in the scheme. We respond to changing needs by working alongside learners, parents, staff and management, and also linking with outside agencies. We identify needs and offer training, counselling and consultation in order to effect change, maximize learning and enhance personal development.


Caroline Martin: Chief Psychologist
25 Temple Road,
Dartry, Dublin 6.
Tel: (01) 497 1442 or (01) 497 9569
Fax: (01) 497 9491

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Special Education Needs (SEN)
Support Service

The Curriculum Development Unit in consultation with principals and the CDETB Psychological Service have planned and implemented a programme of SEN support for teachers in CDETB schools, colleges and centres.

SEN Inservice was offered to teachers, Principals and Special Educational Needs Organisers (SENOs) in the following areas:

  • Introductory SEN Topics and classroom management
  • Supporting literacy across the curriculum
  • The Special Educational Needs Act 2004 – Drawing up Individual Education Plans (IEPs) and Individual Behaviour Plans (IBPs)

Other SEN support included delivery of a Trinity College Postgraduate Diploma module on ‘Social, Emotional and Behavioural Difficulties’.

For more information see the Curriculum Development Unit link.

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