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Creative Clusters 2024 - 2026 Applications Now Open

The Department of Education is pleased to announce the opening of a new round of Creative Clusters. The deadline for receipt of applications is 10th May 2024.

Each Creative Cluster will receive grant funding of €3,000 per school over a two-year period to implement their project 2024–2026. 

  • 3 schools would receive €9,000
  • 5 schools would receive €15,000 

In addition to financial support above each cluster will also receive: 

  • A Creative Cluster Facilitator 
  • Teacher Substitution to attend Workshops and Meetings
  • Room hire, travel & subsistence

Please see the following link for more details: Creative Clusters 2024 ( Guidelines  

Applications are to be completed online using the following link:


Creative Clusters 2024-2026 Application Form apply here: Appendix 1 

Please note only online applications will be accepted.

Applications are to be completed online using the following LINK, should you need assistance, please contact your local full-time Education Support Centre (list at Appendix 1 of Guidelines document on DE website) or use this link Appendix 1

Any queries, please contact your local Education Support Centre or email National Arts in Education Administration This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Eligible Schools - The following schools are welcome to apply to participate in Creative Clusters:

  • Schools that have not yet participated in Creative Clusters.
  • Schools that have  not yet participated in Creative Schools and those who will complete Creative Schools Year 2 in the 2023/24 school year.
  • Schools that will complete Creative Clusters Year 2 in the 2023/24 school year. However they must apply as part of a cluster who have not yet participated in the initiative. In this instance, it is required that this school applies to lead a cluster of schools that are new to the initiative.
  • The local Education Support Centre will have a key role in identifying and supporting a Creative Cluster for their local area.
  • 42 Creative Clusters will be selected nationally - 2 per Education Support Centre.


Creative Clusters is an initiative of the Department of Education, led by and in partnership with the 21 full-time Education Centres (Education Support Centres Ireland - ESCI) and funded through the Schools Excellence Fund.

Creative Clusters Application Form (English Version)

Creative Clusters Application Form (Irish Version)


To view the press release on the DE website please use the following link:

To view Creative Clusters 2024 on the DE website please use the following link:




Oide Events Cancelled - 13th November 2023

Following the advice from the National Director of Fire and Emergency Management as Storm Debi approaches Ireland, all Oide face to face events tomorrow Monday 13th November are cancelled. The safety of staff and attendees is paramount.

ESCI 50th Anniversary Celebration

We were delighted to attend the ESCI 50th Anniversary celebration in Croke Park on the evening of 7th November 2023 alongside Minister Norma Foley.

It was a wonderful evening acknowledging the history of the Education Centre Network and looking to a future in which we continue to support the educational needs of our communities.



50th Anniversary of CESC

Cork Education Support Centre is proudly celebrating our 50th anniversary this year alongside the ESCI network of Education Support Centres.

50 years of working closely with many organisations and stakeholders to support the needs of our school communities.

Caoga Bliain ag Fás!



Thank you to everyone who joined us on the evening of October 23rd as we celebrated our 50th anniversary. It was a wonderful occasion sharing the history of CESC and how the last 50 years have shaped our centre into what it is today. It was great to see so many friends & colleagues on the evening.






Oide Supports for the Primary Mathematics Curriculum

School and curriculum leaders’ seminar (September – October 2023):

This full-day face-to-face seminar will introduce all primary and special school leaders, along with a nominated curriculum leader per school, to the Primary Mathematics Curriculum and will provide an overview of the CPD supports available.

This seminar will be facilitated by a professional learning leader from Oide in the case of primary schools, or by the NCSE in the case of special schools.

Leaders Seminars for the new PMC are LIVE!


How to book: 

Go to, ‘Apply/Book now’-‘Teachers’- ‘Event Booking’

Login to your account.

Click on ‘Oide Events (Courses)’

Find the seminar under Keyword ‘PMC’ or ‘CMB’ for seminars as Gaeilge.