Donabate-Portrane E.T.N.S.

School Type: Public, Primary School

Age group: 7-12

Number of students: 500

Year Elected: 2014


Donabate-Portrane Educate Together National School in Donabate, Co. Dublin was established in 2002 by a group of local parents interested in Educate Together’s approach to education, centred around human rights, equality and democracy. The school has since grown to almost 500 pupils, developing several unique methods to put these values into practice. Built around their motto “learn together to live together”, DPETNS extends this idea as far afield as Cambodia, where they have developed a teaching partnership with local youth organisations. Here, older students have the opportunity to teach younger students from their partner school, and peer-to-peer learning in other forms takes place throughout each day at DPETNS.    

Changemaking Initiatives:

  • Pupils act as Conflict Resolution Mediators Children take leadership roles within Cambodia Partnership Children in the Autism Unit lead on the Green Schools
  • Pioneering 5 Principle programme on Positive Mental Health
  • The school adopted a conflict resolution methodology with 6th Class Peer Mediators hosting formal sessions with peers.