Religious Education at the Heart of our Primary Schools
Publisher: Veritas Publications
Click and Collect - Free
Click & Collect is available across Ireland and Northern Ireland in our Veritas stores. We will contact you when your item(s) are ready for collection. Please visit your branch after you receive contact from us that your items are available to collect. The order will be ready for you within 2-5 working days, subject to opening hours, order volumes, if the item is in stock and time order is placed.
Standard Express Delivery
Complimentary shipping within Ireland & Northern of Ireland is available on orders over €50, delivery fees will be added according to the area of delivery, as described below:
|Country Zone||Under €50||Over €50||TimeFrame|
|Ireland||€6.50||Free!||3-7 working days|
|Northern Ireland||€6.50||Free!||3-7 working days|
|UK||€12.00||€15.00||3-7 working days|
|Europe||€17.00||€25.00||3-7 working days|
|USA & Canada||€35.00||€50.00||7-14 working days|
|Rest of the World||€50.00||€50.00||7-21 working days|
|Country Zone||Under €500||Above €500||TimeFrame|
|Ireland||€6.00||Free!||3-7 working days|
|Northern Ireland||€6.00||Free!||3-7 working days|
|UK||€12.00||Free!||3-7 working days|
• Click and collect orders are "free" as there is no shipping involved.
• If the order after discount is applied is below €50 or €500 (trade or School orders), shipping will be charged.
• EUA, Canada and Rest of the World shipping charges are for parcels with maximum weight of 2kg.
• These time frames are a guide and shipping times may vary, especially at busy periods.
• Please allow a few days leeway for personalised products or pre-orders.
• We are aware of some shipping delays throughout Europe and the USA caused by unforcing circusntances or territorial border control restrictions. This is out of our control. Please allow a few days leeway for your delivery.
• Subject to placing your order before 12:30pm. Does not apply to pre-ordered items.
• Check on our Delivery Policy page, the delivery areas. We do not deliver to Channel Islands or the Isle of Man.
The Commission is concerned about the relative neglect of the spiritual, moral and religious dimensions of teaching and learning within the core curriculum. The primary concern is the removal of Religious Education from the core curriculum into what the NCCA is terming ‘flexible time’. It is our view that the removal of Religious Education from the core curriculum will have the following consequences, unintended or otherwise: a) the reduction of Religious Education to the same level as a roll call or an assembly or recreation time; b) the privatisation of faith, with all its negative consequences for education and for society; c) the removal of the prophetic dimensions of the Judaeo Christian tradition so needed in these changing and challenging times; d) the neglect of an important resource for integrated and interdisciplinary learning within the curriculum.
The disconnect between some recent documents from the NCCA (e.g. Education about Religion and Belief (ERB) and Ethics in the Primary School: Consultation Paper, and proposals in relation to Goodness Me, Goodness You) and the heretofore positive documents of the NCCA on primary and post-primary education is a cause of major concern.
Moreover, some of the assumptions surrounding Religious Education, especially denominational education, within the consultative document leave a lot to be desired. Equally, the Commission regrets the inadequate treatment of the characteristic spirit of the school.
It would be a pity if the common ground shared between the bishops and the NCCA up to now was to be lost. It would be a backward step if old caricatures were allowed to colour the necessary dialogue about what is best for the education of the next generation of children who will grow up in a world very different to the present one.
The reflections that follow are offered in the spirit of constructive dialogue that should be allowed to inform and shape the future of educational provision in primary schools in Ireland.