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NEPS Incredible Years Programme 2023-2024

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NEPS Incredible Years Teacher Classroom Management Programme 2023-2024

NEPS is offering the Incredible Years Teacher Classroom Management Training Programme to teachers in DEIS schools in the school year 2023-2024.  Application Form to be completed by Teachers interested in attending the IYTCM Programme.  CLICK HERE to complete the Expression of Interest Form (Closing date Friday, 29th September 2023).

Download flyer HERE (English) / Download flyer HERE (Irish)
Download the Information Sheet  HERE (English) / Download the Information Sheet HERE (Irish)

How to apply
Complete the Expression of Interest Form HERE (Closing date Friday, 29th September 2023 ).   You will be notified if you receive a place and priority will be given to Teachers in Schools new to DEIS.

Workshop Details 

The course will run from 9am to 3pm on each of the days.

Facilitators: Dr. Richard Egan, Dr. Orla Murphy & Dr. Catherine Kelly

Workshop 1 Tuesday, 10th October 2023, 9am to 3pm 
Workshop 2 Tuesday, 7th November 2023, 9am to 3pm
Workshop 3 Tuesday, 5th December 2023, 9am to 3pm
Workshop 4 Tuesday, 16th January 2024, 9am to 3pm
Workshop 5 Tuesday, 6th February 2024, 9am to 3pm
Workshop 6 Tuesday, 5th March 2024, 9am to 3pm

Please note
Attendance at all 6 workshops is required for certification. We understand that at times schools may experience difficulties securing substitute cover. We would ask that principals make contingency arrangements to allow teachers to continue to attend in such situations. Schools may also wish consider the number of teachers they send to ensure such contingencies can be managed.

About the Incredible Years Teacher Classroom Management Programme (IYTCM)

The Incredible Years, developed by Dr Carolyn Webster Stratton, is a series of programmes for teachers and parents that are designed to reduce challenging behaviours in children and to increase their social, emotional and self-regulation skills. The Incredible Years Teacher Classroom Management Programme (IYTCM) focuses on strengthening teacher classroom management strategies, improving classroom climate and improving collaborative home-school relationships. This leads to an increase in children’s social, emotionaland academic competence and reduces behavioural concerns. Research, internationally and in Ireland, supports the effectiveness of the programme in significantly improving child behaviour, classroom environment and building teacher skill and confidence.
NEPS is offering Incredible Years Teacher Classroom Management Training programmes to teachers in DEIS schools in the school year 2023-2024.

What does the training cover?
Teachers attend 6 full-day workshops spaced approximately one month apart.  The programme follows a collaborative model of training that makes extensive use of teacher discussion, role play, review of vignettes showing teachers in real classrooms and guidance on the development of behaviour plans for individual children. Between sessions, teachers are expected to practise the new skills and concepts in their own classrooms, reflect on and share experiences at the next session, further develop and implement their behaviour plans for individual children and complete assigned reading from the text ‘Incredible Teachers’.  Throughout the programme, teachers are supported to set and monitor goals for themselves, as well as for the children they teach, and to help each other to achieve their goals. The topics covered across the six workshops are:

  • Building Positive Relationships with Students
  • Preventing Problems & Being a Proactive Teacher
  • Using Positive Attention, Encouragement & Praise
  • Motivating Children through Effective Use of Incentives
  • Proactive Discipline to Decreasing Inappropriate Behaviours
  • Building Children’s Social and Emotional Competence

Who should attend?
Class Teachers, Special Education Teachers and Principals will all benefit from attending this training. Schools should, as far as possible, facilitate a minimum of two teachers attending a programme and can nominate up to 6 teachers per programme. Ideally schools should develop a plan to have all staff trained with priority given to class teachers from lower primary classes.

The Department of Education will cover the cost of teacher substitution, refreshments/lunch and course materials for teachers in DEIS schools.  This will include
the core text ‘Incredible Teachers’ and all workshop handouts.
*teachers travel expensesare not covered. 

For further information on the IY programmes visit