Féilte 2017

FÉILTE is the Teaching Council’s annual Festival of Education in Learning and Teaching Excellence which celebrates the wonderful work that teachers do every day in their classrooms and gives teachers the opportunity to collaborate and share this work with each other and with the wider public.

FÉILTE 2017 took place on 7 October 2017 in the RDS, Dublin with almost 1,000 teachers and members of the public in attendance.

The theme for the event was ‘Leading Learning for All’, it featured a mix of 50 teacher-led showcases and workshops spanning projects from across the education sector, demonstrating the innovation happening in teaching and learning in schools across the country.  The opening address was delivered by founder of AsIAm, Adam Harris with panel discussions on the day on homework and inclusive education chaired by broadcaster Keelin Shanley.  The closing address was delivered by disability rights campaigner, Joanne O’Riordan.

FÉILTE 2017 also featured showcasers' stories,  researchmeet , NQT/studentmeet and Rang Bianca

A selection of photos from the day are available to view below.

Féilte Showcases     Showcases

We know that teachers all over Ireland work extremely hard to ensure top ­quality learning experiences for their students. Féilte is all about sharing and celebrating this work by highlighting examples of innovation in teaching and learning.  

FÉILTE 2017 featured 50 teacher-led showcases highlighting examples of innovative teaching and learning.

A list of the showcases for FÉILTE 2017 is available here. Further information on each showcase is available on the FÉILTE App which is now available on the App Store and Google Play.

Féilte Showcaser Stories     Showcasers' Stories


This year, for the first time at FÉILTE, we were delighted to host ‘Showcaser’s Stories’.

 As well as having a showcase stand, a small number of showcases were given a platform to present their work to attendees in the showcase hall. Each presentation gave attendees further insight into the stories behind the showcase.

Féilte Workshop     Workshops

There were a selection of 50 minute workshops at Féilte. Hosting a workshop enabled presenters to bring the story of their showcases to life.

Workshops were interactive, and participants were engaged in active learning.

A list of workshops for FÉILTE 2017 is available here.  Further information on each workshop is available on the FÉILTE App which is now available on the App Store and Google Play.

Féilte Student Hub     NQT/Studentmeet

For the first time, FÉILTE 2017 featured a space for NQTs and student teachers to meet, share ideas and learn from each other.

This session took place in the library and featured a panel discussion with newly/recently qualified teachers who have graduated from a range of different teacher education programmes.

They discussed the highlights and challenges of their teacher education experience and were asked to share information that they wish had been shared with them when they were students!

Féilte Researchmeet     Researchmeet

At FÉILTE 2015 we held the first ever Researchmeet in Ireland. This was an event modelled on the highly successful Teachmeet format, where teachers who were engaged in research of different types made nano-presentations on their topic. Researchmeet has now become a permanent feature at Féilte.

The Researchmeet at FÉILTE 2017 began with a series of nano-presentations, whereby teachers presented on their research topic in no more than 7 minutes.

One of the goals of the Researchmeet is to demystify research for the profession and the wider public, with particular emphasis on the different types of research teachers engage in (postgraduate masters and doctorate, action research etc.) The nano-presentations should, therefore, translate the topic in a way that engages teachers and the public.

Further information on this year's Researchmeet is available on the FÉILTE App which can be downloaded from the App Store and Google Play.

Listen to a short audio describing one teacher's experience at Researchmeet.

Féilte Rang Bianca     Rang Bianca

Rang Bianca is a space for teachers who either have an idea for research, but are not sure where to go next with it, or who have commenced their research, and are seeking support or advice to progress it further. It was set up as an informal open space where teachers could talk to practitioner researchers and to policy makers.

We named this space in Rang Bianca, in honour of Bianca Ní Ghrógáin. Bianca was a primary teacher and PhD candidate who passed away in 2015. She enthused and encouraged teachers around the world to be all that they could be, so that others could write and make their own future.