The Irish Second–Level Students' Union (ISSU) is Ireland's national umbrella body for second-level students working through the student council network in all second-level schools. ISSU connects, and represents post-primary school students nationwide. Providing a structured platform through which students can voice their views.
ISSU's work has three main strands: it aims to provide training, guidance and advice to empower students and equip them with the vital skills needed to become actively involved in the decision-making processes in their own school communities; and it aims to work in partnership with other organisations to bring the views of secondary school students to the attention of local and national policy-makers, as well as the media, in relation to educational issues. And our third and final aim to provide services to the membership of ISSU on the principal that control of those services lies with the membership.
ISSU was founded in August 2008, from the remains of the Union of Secondary Students (USS). ISSU has put the structures in place to ensure the long term viability of the organisation, and to ensure that ISSU can be respected as a trusted player in the Irish Education system - finally giving Students a voice!
ISSU is member of the Organising Bureau of European School Student Unions (OBESSU) and the National Youth Council of Ireland - NYCI (www.youth.ie).
During September 2009, ISSU modified its name from the Irish Secondary Students' Union to the Irish Second–Level Students' Union to encompass all Irish Post Primary Schools equally.
In October 2009, ISSU launched the ISSU Scholar Card - a unique student card for second-level students' aged between 12–18. The national rollout of the card began in November 2009.