Director of Post-Primary Education
01 799 9214
Block B, Merrion Centre, Merrion Road, Dublin 4
School of Education
Fiona’s career in the education sector has been multi-faceted encompassing a range of professional experiences from teaching in both Ireland and the United Kingdom to leading Department of Education and Skills support services in assisting schools to ensure better outcomes for students with additional needs; developing and implementing innovative initiatives to advance teachers’ continuing professional development; and as a contributor to the evolution of educational policy and curriculum practice in the post-primary field in Ireland. Fiona has gained both national and international recognition for her evidence-based work and publications in promoting literacy, positive behaviour for learning and equality-based, inclusive education in Ireland. This work has included being one of the pioneers of the post-primary Civic, Social and Political Education curriculum as well as authorship of Taking the Next Step- A Blueprint for Educate Together Second-level Schools described by Professor Áine Hyland, Emeritus Professor of Education and former Vice-President of UCC as being both ‘visionary and realisitc’ and by Professor Sheelagh Drudy, Emeritus Professor of Education and former Head of the UCD School of Education as ‘a visionary and exciting plan for a new development in Irish education’.
Fiona worked with Hibernia College previously as a part-time lecturer, a role she balanced with her position as Assistant National Co-ordinator for the National Behaviour Support Service. She now joins the School of Education at Hibernia College after serving as the Deputy Head of School Supports and Operations for the National Council for Special Education. Throughout her career, Fiona has conducted a range of research projects to measure the effectiveness of educational interventions in Irish schools, presented at educational conferences and authored publications related to her fields of expertise.
Richardson, F. (2016). Comprehension and Learning Strategies for All Subjects, 2nd ed. Navan, Ireland: National Behaviour Support Service. Available at: https://www.nbss.ie/publications-resources
Richardson, F. (2015). Developing Literacy, Langugage and Learning Skills: Multi-Level Support for All Students. Navan, Ireland: National Behaviour Support Service. Available at: https://www.nbss.ie/publications-resources
Henefer, J. & Richardson, F. (2014). Addressing the Academic Literacy Needs of Students Though Action Research. Language, Literacy and Literature: Re-imagining Teaching and Learning, 69-77. Dublin: Reading Association of Ireland. ISBN: 978-0-9566446-2-6
Henefer, J. & Richardson, F. (2014). Catch Up Literacy: A Level 3 Intervention for Struggling Readers. Navan, Ireland: National Behaviour Support Service. https://www.nbss.ie/publications-resources
Barrett, J. & Richardson, F. (2010). Impact! CSPE for Junior Certificate, 5th ed. Dublin: Gill & Macmillan. ISBN: 9780717145294
Henefer, J. & Richardson, F. (2010). Behaviour Support Classrooms: Best Practice Guidelines. Navan, Ireland: National Behaviour Support Service. Available at: https://www.nbss.ie/publications-resources
Richardson, F. (2009) Taking the Next Step: A Blueprint for Educate Together Second-level Schools. Dublin: Educate Together. Availbale at: https://www.educatetogether.ie/node/1876
Barrett, J. & Richardson, F. (2008). Ireland – A Level Playing Pitch? Dublin: Combat Poverty Agency. Available at: https://www.ncca.ie/media/2530/ireland-a-level-playing-field-teacher-guide.pdf
McDermott, K. & Richardson, F. (2005). What we talk about when we talk about education; the private and public educational talk of teachers in schools. Irish Educational Studies, 24 (2), 31–40. London: Routledge. DOI: 10.1080/03323310500184418
Barrett, J. & Richardson, F. (2001). ‘Exploring Children’s Rights, Equality, & Poverty through CSPE. Dublin: The Children’s Rights Alliance and the Equality Authority. Available at: https://archive.li/3OTFV
Hammond, J., McCarthy, S., Keane, M. & Richardson, F. (1997). To the Wider World. Dublin: Department of Education and Skills.
Hammond, J., McCarthy, S., Keane, M. & Richardson, F. (1996). Going National. Dublin: Department of Education and Skills.
Keane, M. & Richardson, F. (1995). Taking Routes. Dublin: Department of Education and Skills.