Find out how One Good Idea is linked to the curriculum for both primary and post primary students.

Primary curriculum links

One Good Idea has strong links to many aspects of the Primary curriculum taking in elements of Science, Geography, Art, Music and Drama. You will find lesson plan suggestions in the fact sheet downloads under each One Good Idea project topic.

Explore the One Good Idea project topics in more detail with your class using the primary science curriculum online resources. The Interactive White Board lessons and practical activities will give the students some hands on experience on a range of topics.

Post primary curriculum links

The One Good Idea competition is relevant to a range of post primary subjects. These include CSPE, Geography, Science, Business Studies, Music, Art, Home Economics, English, Media Studies and Environmental and Social Studies. It is also an ideal Transition Year project. You will find lesson plan suggestions in the fact sheet downloads under each One Good Idea project topic.

The Energy in Action resources will give you lesson plans and discussion points to examine your chosen topic in more detail.

With an increase emphasis on energy and climate change in the new junior cert One Good Idea is a great way of increasing knowledge in the subject.
Teacher, Moyne College

Science specification

One Good Idea provides a great opportunity for Science students to practice for their Classroom Based Assessment (CBA) in 1st year, extended experimental investigation or used towards their 2nd year CBA Science in society investigation.

It is aligned to Science strands

  • Nature of Science 7
  • Earth and Space 6 and 7
  • Physical World 8
  • Chemical World 10

The main topics would also include:

  • Units and forms of energy
  • Principals of energy conservation
  • Renewable and non-renewable energy resources
  • The need for energy conservation
  • Our national energy needs
  • The bigger global picture in relation to carbon dioxide and climate change

Geography specification

One Good Idea provides a context for teaching a range of aspects of Geography at Junior and Senior cycle including:

  • The greenhouse effect
  • Climate change
  • Local, national and global perspectives
  • The earth as a resource, primary energy, secondary energy
  • Fossil fuels and renewable energy (pros and cons)
  • It covers Geography strnds 1.6, 2.2 and 2.6 at Junior Cycle


There are strong links to the CSPE concepts of Stewardship, Rights and Responsibilities and Interdependence. There is also an opportunity to explore topical issues like climate change and energy efficiency.

The project meets the requirements of an Action Project. Don't forget if your students really enjoy working on the One Good Idea they could go on to write about it in a RAP or CWAB. It includes CSPE strands 2.2, 2.3 and 2.4.

Transition year

The topics and structure of the One Good Idea project make it ideal as a Transition Year project. It provides students with opportunities to explore the issues of energy efficiency and climate change in a local and global context.

Students conduct original research and implement campaigns to bring about change in the school and local community. It requires students to research and campaign thus providing opportunities for:

  • Education for maturity with the emphasis on personal development
  • Social awareness and increased social competence
  • General, technical and academic skills with an emphasis on interdisciplinary and self-directed learning

Further information

Participation in the competition

  1. Team members submitting an entry must be registered students in a schools from the Republic of Ireland to be a valid entry. The Promoter (Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland, situated at Wilton Park House, Wilton Place, Dublin 2) reserves the right to seek verification from the relevant school of the registration of any students who have entered the competition.
  2. It is the responsibility of all participating schools to give permission for their students to participate in the programme and oversee their participation therein. A teacher/principal must sign each team's entry form to validate permission for all participants. The promoter is not liable in any way for costs, expenses, damages, liability or injury arising out of or in any way connected with the Awards programme.
  3. Each team will comprise of a minimum of two and a maximum of six students.
  4. Entries must be anchored in energy / climate change related topics as outlined in the project pack and on the website.
  5. The closing date for the receipt of Campaign Proposals is Friday 6th November 2018.
  6. All submissions must be made via the online platform.
  7. Each teacher that enters teams into the competition will go into a prize draw for a teacher’s prize of a hotel voucher. The winner will be announced in May 2019 and notified by phone, email or mail. The teacher’s prize is non-refundable and cannot be exchanged. No cash equivalents are available as an alternative for the prize that is offered.
  8. The shortlisted Primary and Post Primary teams will be selected and notified the week beginning 7th January 2019.
  9. The shortlisted Primary and Post Primary teams will receive a workshop with their One Good Idea mentor before mid February 2019 in their school.
  10. The shortlisted Primary and Post Primary teams will receive feedback and assistance from the One Good Idea team on how to activate their campaign and document it in their Presentation Pitch / Video throughout January/February/March 2019.
  11. The closing date for receipt of the Presentation Pitch is 8th March 2019 or such later date as may be advised on the website.
  12. Primary school's Presentation Pitch must include a campaign diary form submitted online and a 4 minute video of their pitch. Post Primary schools must submit a 1 minute video and campaign diary form online. Teams may also submit additional work such as photos / poster etc, this is optional.
  13. The teacher / school must verify it has obtained valid consent for the use of any images or videos of a minor when submitting their projects.
  14. Please keep a record of all creative pieces on an electronic/or digital format. The Promoter requests that all audio pieces can be electronically transferred.
  15. Real Nation and the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland cannot accept responsibility for lost, damaged or delayed entries. Proof of posting is not proof of receipt. Entries cannot be returned to entrants. 
  16. The finalists will be announced and notified week commencing 25th March 2019.
  17. Employees and family members of employees or persons directly associated with Real Nation and the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland are not eligible to enter this competition.
  18. The personal details of entrants will be used solely for the purposed of the One Good Idea programme.  All personal details submitted by entrants will be treated with confidence and in full compliance with GDPR legislation.
  19. Individual prizes, all of which are based on the category of the prize winner, will be detailed on the website in advance of the National Final, May 2019.
  20. The judges’ decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into. No cash equivalents are available as an alternative for the prizes that are offered.
  21. Prize winners will receive their trophies on the day of the National Final.
  22. Prize winners and teachers may be asked to participate in publicity (photographs, interviews, quotations etc.), in which case consent forms will be made available.
  23. Copyright of all original material entered in this competition is retained by the author. By submitting a project for entry, the entrants and the relevant school or college grant the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland the right to reproduce the entry (in full or in part) on the radio, on the website at or in such other publication as the Authority might nominate, without payment.
  24. The Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland reserves the right to amend, withdraw or terminate the competition or alter the specification of the competition without prior notice should that specified be unavailable for reasons beyond their control.
  25. Notwithstanding that the winners may have been declared, if the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland discovers before the distribution of prizes that for any reason under these rules a winner should have been ineligible to enter the competition or if the entry should have been declared invalid, the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland reserves the right to determine that a winning team is disqualified.
  26. All entrants agree to be bound by the rules of the competition; failure on the part of any entrant to adhere to any or all of these rules will render the entry in question invalid.