NEPS Incredible Years Programme 2019-2020
NEPS Incredible Years Teacher Classroom Management Programme 2019-2020
Information for Schools and Teachers in the DEIS School Support Programme
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 and improving teacher-parent relationships. This leads to an increase in children’s social, emotional and academic competence and reduces classroom aggression and disruptive behaviour. Research, internationally and in Ireland, supports the effectiveness of the programme in significantly improving child behaviour, classroom environment and building teacher skill and confidence.
Under the Action Plan for Education 2019 and the DEIS Action Plan 2019, NEPS is offering a further 50 Incredible Years Teacher Classroom Management Training programmes nationally in the school year 2019-2020, specifically targeting schools in the DEIS School Support Programme.
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, viewing vignettes of teachers in real classrooms and developing behaviour plans for individual children. Between sessions, teachers are expected to practice 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
• Decreasing Children’s Inappropriate Behaviours
• Increasing Children’s Prosocial Skills and Building Social And Emotional Competence
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 you send to ensure such contingencies can be managed.
Who should attend?
Class teachers, Special Education teachers and Principals will all benefit from attending this training. Ideally schools should develop a plan to have all staff trained over the three-year implementation period. Schools should, as far as possible, facilitate a minimum of two teachers attending a programme and can nominate up to 6/8 teachers per programme.
The Department of Education and Skills will cover the cost of teacher substitution, refreshments/ lunch and course materials for teachers in DEIS SSP schools. This will include the core text ‘Incredible Teachers’ and all workshop handouts.
*teachers travel expenses are not covered. Please note no sub cover provided for non-DEIS Schools.
How to apply
Applications for Incredible Years 2019-20 are now closed.
Workshop Dates (Tuesdays OR Thursdays)
|Workshop 1||Thursday 19 September 2019|
|Workshop 2||Thursday 10 October 2019|
|Workshop 3||Thursday 7 November 2019|
|Workshop 4||Wednesday 4 December 2019|
|Workshop 5||Thursday 16 January 2020|
|Workshop 6||Thursday 13 February 2020|
|Workshop 1||Tuesday 17 September 2019|
|Workshop 2||Tuesday 8 October 2019|
|Workshop 3||Tuesday 5 November 2019|
|Workshop 4||Tuesday 3 December 2019|
|Workshop 5||Tuesday 14 January 2020|
|Workshop 6||Tuesday 11 February 2020|
The course will run from 9am to 3pm on each of the days.
For further information on the IY programmes visit www.incredibleyears.com.