TUS Access Service recognises the importance of engagement at primary level and is committed to working with DEIS schools (Delivering Equality of Opportunity in Schools) to introduce the third-level environment through welcoming and interactive visits.
A programme of activities can be organised for visiting primary schools, which may include:
- Overview of TUS courses
- Interactive taster lectures
- Sample of extra-curricular activities
- Opportunity to meet with staff and students
- Tour of the campus
GO4IT Programme - Primary Level
TUS Access Service works in partnership with the Northside Family Resource Centre and linked schools to deliver the Go4IT programme. This programme aims to introduce the concept of lifelong learning and show that education has a real purpose.
The main objectives of the Go4IT programme are:
- To facilitate increased access to third-level education by young people from the linked areas
- To raise awareness of educational options for young people and their families
- To provide young people with a positive experience of third-level education
- To support young people to reach their full educational potential
- To break down barriers and misconceptions the participants and their families may have in relation to third-level education
- To demonstrate that third-level education is a welcoming and supportive place.
The first year of this programme begins in sixth class at primary school. Once the student enters secondary school, the programme works to support their transition and continue to engage them in experiential activities until they complete their Leaving Certificate.
The College4Kids is one such TUS programme that aims to raise the aspirations of the pupils from DEIS schools in the region served by TUS Midwest. This programme aims to include the following:
- It will introduce participants and their families to the Higher education environment
- This programme will support the access, retention and progression of pupils from DEIS schools
- It aims to increase the interactions between TUS and DEIS schools across the Midwest region.
This initiative designs, develops, implements and co-ordinates programmes, activities, resources and materials relating to the College4Kids PATH 3 programme.
Students who are in 6th class from selected DEIS schools in County Clare and County Tipperary will be invited to the TUS campuses, to participate in taster sessions in a number of areas including:
- Environmental Studies
- Business Studies
- Sports Science
- Art and Design
Planned activities and talks will be provided in conjunction with the TUS academic departments, the Student Union and TUS Access Service.
We plan to hold fun, interactive events on-campus and all participants will graduate at the end of this programme.
Parental engagement is a very important aspect of our college4kids programme. This initiative aims to build strong relationships with parents/guardians and will provide information regarding the Higher Education environment.