Department of Education recharges its website, includes a ‘Find a School’ database

18 Sep 2012

pTools CEO Keith Wood with the Minister for Education and Skills Ruairi Quinn, TD

Ireland’s Department of Education and Skills has upgraded its website with technology from Irish company pTools that includes a countrywide ‘Find a School’ feature with details on all schools and which can be accessed via an interactive map.

The rejuvenated site aims to make information more easily available to parents, teachers and pupils throughout Ireland.

In addition to the ‘Find a School’ feature, there are links to key primary, post-primary and third-level resources online.

The content management system also enables the provision of details around the Schools Building Programme.

Delivered on a mix of database and network infrastructure, the solution is designed to fit with the department’s overall IT and security requirements.

pTools worked with various web design and development partners to deliver the solution.

The company has also delivered web solutions for the Department of the Taoiseach and the Department of Enterprise, Jobs and Innovation.

Commenting on the initiative, the Minister for Education and Skills, Ruairí Quinn, TD, said: “I am very pleased with the re-vamped Department of Education and Skills website. It has already seen an increased level of traffic and is much more user friendly. I think it is an excellent resource for students, parents and those who work in the education sector.”

John Kennedy is a journalist who served as editor of Silicon Republic for 17 years