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TL21 Programme - Teaching and Learning in the Twenty-First Century


RE: TL21 Programme – Teaching and Learning in the Twenty-First Century

The TL21 Programme is a workshop based Continuing Professional Development programme for teachers and school leaders that promotes innovative pedagogic practice and professional learning communities in post-primary schools. The programme has been running since 2003 and is now entering its 20th year or tenth programme cycle.  The programme is a research-led one and three of its main aims are:

·         to strengthen teachers’ capacities as co-operative and self-critical authors of their own work.

·         to enable students to take an active and responsible part in their own learning.

·         to address the isolation and insulation that teachers can, and do, experience in their day-to-day       professional lives;

In the 2021-2023 cycle 70+ schools and 400+ teachers and senior school leaders were actively involved. A new cycle of the programme (2023-2025) will begin in September 2023 and recruitment for this cohort is now beginning.

Mayo Education Support Centre is delighted to now invite your school to participate in the 'Teaching and Learning for the Twenty-First Century' (TL21) Programme beginning in September 2023.  You will work with a cluster of post-primary schools in the Mayo Education Support Centre's catchment area and the following is a brief outline of what is involved for schools that participate in TL21:

    The TL21 Programme is a two-year programme.

    The programme is not a series of lectures; rather a series of collaborative professional development workshops planned in a developmental sequence.

     There will be 5 workshop sessions in a school year.

     Each school may like to suggest the themes or aspects of teaching and learning they would   like to address: e.g. assessment, AfL strategies, differentiation etc.

     Each participating school will have the opportunity to progress the chosen theme(s) in their own school and report back on progress to the whole group of schools participating.

     Ideally there should be five participating teachers per school, and the Principal or a Deputy Principal.

     Full attendance is expected.


A university accreditation path has previously been available for those TL21 participants wishing to pursue an M.Ed. degree by action research (three years in total). It is expected that this will be the case for the 2023/25 co-hort. Participants following this path take some research workshops in Maynooth University as well as the professional development workshops in the Education Centre.

I understand that you may have to consult with staff before you can commit to the programme. I am also aware that some of you may need further information about this programme. If so, please do not hesitate in contacting me. I can be emailed at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or phoned on 086 8462592 and I welcome any queries you may have.

To support you in making a decision and committing to TL21, we have arranged an Information Session for Principals and/or Deputy Principals in Mayo Education Support Centre on Thursday 11th May at 2pm. (A light lunch will be provided at 1.30pm. Anthony Malone - TL21 National Co-ordinator – will be in attendance and he will explain the programme in detail and answer any question you may have. You will also have an opportunity to meet and chat with other Principals and Deputy Principals who are interested in getting involved.

To attend the Information Session for Principals/Deputy Principals as outlined above, please register below. 


Course Details

Course Start Date / Time 11-05-2023 2:00 pm
Course End Date / Time 11-05-2023 4:00 pm
Capacity Unlimited
Cut off date 11-05-2023 11:00 am
Fee Free
Number Hours 2
Location Mayo Education Support Centre

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