DSP was presented with the DCU Changemaker plaque by Professors Anne Looney and Daire Keogh at a conference on Thursday 24th March 2022. It was a wonderful opportunity to meet like-minded people who work in schools who, like us, have an “unconditional positive regard” for every child. Being part of the Changemaker network affirms the value our many innovative programmes and practices.

DSP has strong community bonds evident when we see people respect, appreciate and support one another. The four pillars of empathy, creativity, leadership and teamwork are evident in daily life in DSP and many children bring these skills home to share with their families.

Lord David Puttnam spoke about the steps required to achieve change: desire change, defeat the fear of change, implement the change. DSP was established because the founders had a clear vision for educational change back in the seventies. We continue to evaluate our teaching and learning and introduce changes step by step when they are desirable. It is worth noting that PLAY, OUTDOOR education, ENVIRONMENTAL initiatives and WELLBEING were common features in the Changemaker Schools.