Irish Montessori Education Board - Bord Oideachais Montessori Eireann


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About IMEB

The Irish Montessori Education Board (IMEB) was founded in November 1997 as a joint venture between The Association of AMI Montessori Teachers (Ireland) and St. Nicholas Montessori Society of Ireland and their respective teacher training colleges to allow these organisations to unite and speak with one voice on behalf of Montessori education in Ireland.  The Irish Montessori Education Board (IMEB) presented a joint submission to the National Forum on Early Childhood Education in March 1998.

IMEB was formed in consultation with the Department of Education to provide an overall accreditation body for the Montessori schools in Ireland. 

IMEB is a registered Charitable Trust - registration No. 13982 - administered by a board of trustees.  Trustees have been appointed to IMEB - nominated by the Association of AMI Montessori Teachers (Ireland) (AATI) and by the St. Nicholas Montessori Teachers Association (SNMTA).  Independent trustees are also nominated.  IMEB is a Limited Company registration number 13982, registered in Dublin at Kingston House, 64 St. Patrick's Street, Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin.

The Function of IMEB

IMEB is the accrediting body for Montessori schools in Ireland.  It's accreditation process provides quality assurance in Montessori schools on both a professional and institutional level so that children can benefit from the very best that Montessori education has to offer.

Trustees of IMEB

Mr. Brian Allen - Chairman

Ms. Jo Culhane

Ms. Mina Walsh - Company Secretary

Ms. Judi Turner

Ms. Alison Pigot

Ms. Siobhan Shields

Ms. Annemarie Burke Ms. Nuala Clifford

Who may apply?
Schools registered with Association of AMI Teachers Ireland (AATI) or St. Nicholas Montessori Teachers Association (SNMTA) may apply for accreditation by the Irish Montessori Education Board (IMEB).

IMEB approved minimum standards are required for the accreditation of Montessori schools.  Applicants who are in substantial compliance with these standards will receive a Certificate of Accreditation by IMEB.

Confidentiality
All information associated with the accreditation of a school is deemed to be confidential and privileged information.  Use or disclosure of data obtained is not authorised and is considered to be a breach of confidence.

 Renewal of Accreditation
School accreditation expires after 3 years.  Renewal requires a new application.

What does the IMEB request from the Department of Education?

Montessori Educators would like to offer parents the choice to send their children to a Montessori School but reasonable government aid is needed to make this a reality.

The Irish Constitution, Article 42 States: 

  • "The State shall not oblige parents in violation of their conscience and lawful preference to send their children to schools established by the State, or to any particular type of school designated by the State"
  • "The State shall provide for free primary education and shall endeavour to supplement and give reasonable aid to private and corporate education initiative ..."

The Education Act 1998 states that every person concerned in the implementation of the Act should:

  1. Give practical effect to the constitutional rights of children.
  2. Promote equality of access to and participation in education and to promote the means whereby students may benefit from education.
  3. Promote the right of parents to send their children to a school of the parents' choice.
  4. Promote best practice in teaching methods with regard to the diverse needs of students.

 IMEB seeks to have:

  • Accredited  Montessori schools eligible for state funding and grant assistance.
  • State funding and grant assistance for administrative and organisational functioning of the Board.
  • The ethos of Montessori Method upheld.
  • Montessori Teachers with restricted recognition with Department of Education and Science granted full recognition.
  • Montessori Teachers with restricted recognition with Department of Education and Science permitted to sit the Cáilíocht sa Ghaeilge examination.
  • Montessori education be recognised as an intrinsic element of educational provision.

 

Kingston House, 64 Patrick Street, Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin.  email: info@imebtrust.org