Never miss a class again!

At The Institute of Education we place the student at the centre of everything we do and continuously adapt our programmes to deliver the best educational outcomes for them.

Our new full-time virtual school, a first in secondary-school learning in Ireland, means that as a student, you never have to miss a class again and can continue your academic journey with absolute certainty.

No matter where you are located, it is now possible to be a full-time student at The Institute of Education on Leeson Street in Dublin and avail of tuition delivered by our exceptional teachers.

How It Works

Our safe and secure learning platform allows students to experience their full timetable of classes, whether they are present here in the school or learning from home.

Classes

  • All classes are live-streamed, recorded and then uploaded as a lesson to the learning platform, where they are stored securely and can be watched multiple times. Students can choose to view the class live, as part of their timetable, or at a later time.

Tutorials & regular teacher contact

  • Weekly virtual tutorials help students to receive further clarification on topics covered in class and students can contact teachers through the system to raise questions following class.

Assessments

  • All assessments are submitted online through the learning platform.

Notes

  • The Institute’s legendary notes are delivered, by post, to all virtual students and are also available on the learning platform.

Study skills

  • Regular virtual study skills seminars mean that all virtual students develop a home study routine that suits their own individual style.

Career guidance & student support

Personal development

Regular School Communication

  • A weekly school bulletin and a monthly newsletter ensure that all virtual students and their families are kept up to date with life in the school.

Academic Progress

  • Attendance records, class test results and Christmas and Summer reports are also all available on Moodle, ensuring that academic progress can be tracked at all times.
Investing in the Future of Education

The Institute of Education has invested over €2.5million in this new state-of-the-art digital infrastructure, making us Europe’s largest secondary school installation for streamed and recorded e-learning classes.

All 39 of the school’s classrooms are now equipped with cutting-edge video and sound-recording technology, which ensures that we can continue to innovate and deliver the highest-calibre learning experience to all our students.

Investing in the Future of Education

The Institute of Education has invested over €2.5million in this new state-of-the-art digital infrastructure, making us Europe’s largest secondary school installation for streamed and recorded e-learning classes.

All 39 of the school’s classrooms are now equipped with cutting-edge video and sound-recording technology, which ensures that we can continue to innovate and deliver the highest-calibre learning experience to all our students.

Meet our virtual students!

Introducing Roisin Treacy, 6th year student and All Ireland 1,500 metres Juvenile Indoor Championship winner.

Roisin has been availing of our full time virtual school this year, which has enabled her to follow her passion and talent as an athletic long distance runner, as well as keeping her academic progress on track.

Read about Roisin’s experience this year below and find out why she loves being part of our full-time virtual school.

Virtual learning at the Institute has been unbelievably beneficial for me as a student in 6th year.

As a dedicated runner, I’m delighted that I now have the time to keep up my sport in the busiest year of secondary school. I can even use my lunch breaks to foam roll, do some stretching or even get a sports massage!

If I have a physio appointment in the middle of the day I can catch up on all my classes afterwards thanks to the class recordings. I can also watch a certain class again if I find a topic difficult.

As I live quite far from the Institute, virtual learning has saved me a huge amount of commuting time which I can now use to study or run. I have found this extra time extremely beneficial to help me cope with the volume of work this year. It also allows me to achieve a schoolwork-life balance, as I can switch off from my studies when I’m training and I can return to my work feeling re-energised.

If I ever have any technical issues, the IT department are quick to solve the problem and my emails are answered almost immediately.

The weekly virtual tutorials with my teachers are great, as the teacher can answer any questions that virtual students may have.

My teachers are very efficient with correcting any homework assignments or exams that I send in and I receive corrections and feedback just like I would in school.

Virtual learning has been a great experience at the Institute!

Virtual School FAQs

Have a question about our Virtual School? We’ve compiled a list, which we hope will give you the answers that you need. If you don’t find what you’re looking for, please contact our main office and we’d be happy to help. info@instituteofeducation.ie / 01 661 3511.

Q: Can virtual students also come into the school for classes or must they do all their classes online?

A: Virtual students can adopt a ‘blended’ approach to their education, where they can come onsite for some days and remain at home to take the virtual option on other days. Students will liaise with their year head about this.

 

Q: What are the fees for the virtual school?

A: The fee is the same for the virtual and onsite school.

 

Q: Where will virtual students sit the Leaving Certificate exams?

A: All students at the Institute, both virtual and onsite, are “external students”, in terms of the Leaving Certificate. As such, they can sit their exams here in Leeson Street, or request to sit the exams in a local school.

 

Q: What subjects can you pick?

A: Virtual students can choose from the full range of subjects available in the Institute.

 

Q: How are the timetables made for virtual students?

A: The team in the office will help all virtual students organise their timetable.

 

Q: Is it possible for virtual students to do practical subjects such as Art and DCG?

A: Yes, our Art and DCG classes are all livestreamed. Classes are fitted with document cameras which means virtual students can see exactly what the teacher is working on during class.

 

Q: How will project work be completed by virtual students?

A: This will depend on the subject and the project. This can be discussed in more detail at the admissions interview.

 

Q: Will it be possible for virtual students to receive one-to-one language oral exam tutorials, with a teacher, outside of class?

A: Yes, oral exam tutorials are still a part of the virtual learning experience and they are accommodated online. Students will liaise with their teacher about this.

 

Q: Do recorded lessons have a title stating what topic was covered in that lesson?

A: All classes are stored chronologically in our dedicated learning management system and the teacher will also clarify at the beginning of each class the topic being covered. The recordings will also be accompanied by notes, which the students can access online and print.

 

Q: How long will the recorded classes be available for?

A: The recorded classes will be available for the duration of the academic year.

 

Q: Do virtual students receive guidance in which subjects to choose at the start of the academic year?

A: All virtual students are supported in their subject choice during the admissions process. They will also have the support of the guidance team if they wish to make changes to their subjects during the academic year.

 

Q: Does the Institute plan to continue the virtual school in the future after this academic year?

A: Yes, it is our intention to continue providing virtual classes in future academic years.

 

Q: When do enrolments start for the virtual school for the year 2021-2022?

A: We recommend that you start the enrolment process now. Our admissions team will be able to help you through the process. Email Shelia at admissions@instituteofeducation.ie for further information.

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