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Post Primary Newsletter - 24th June 2022

 

Clare Education Centre Newsletter - Post Primary

Newsletter - 24th June 2022 

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BLAST 2022

BLAST 2022

The Department of Education is pleased to announce the launch of the 2022 Arts-in-Education BLAST Residency Programme, which will enable up to 425 new Arts-in-Education Residencies in schools each year (Press Release).  The deadline for receipt of applications is 30th September 2022.

The aim of this scheme is to give pupils in schools all over the country the opportunity to work with a professional artist on unique projects.  

This initiative supports children and young people for the future, where skills like the ability to connect and collaborate with others, engage in creative and critical thinking and practice inclusivity at every level will be paramount to peace, stability, sustainable economic growth and equality. 

The artist’s fee is €1,000 per residency which is funded by the Department of Education.

Please see the following link for more details: Guidelines

Download an application form here: Application Form  

Completed applications must include the following and should be sent to the local full-time Teacher Education Support Centre. Please email completed applications to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

  • A completed application form
  • A written proposal for the project indicating the aims of the project, the theme, materials, processes, anticipated outcomes, deliverability, number of contact hours and number of classes and pupils that will participate in the project.
  • Please also indicate the planned time-frame schedule and planned method of documentation for the project.

Any queries, please contact Áine on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or email Arts in Education Administration This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

This initiative will be supported by the ESCI education centre network, Teacher Artist Partnership CPD programme, Arts in Junior Cycle, NAPD Creative Engagement Programme and the Arts in Education Portal.

 

Coaching Skills for School Leaders

Coaching Skills for School Leaders
The Clare Education Centre in association with CoachAcademy PLUS is delighted to offer Coaching Skills for School Leaders QQI Level 6 Certificate in Professional Coaching Practice and Ethics (Specialising in Educational Leadership Coaching) A unique one-year part time training programme designed for School Principals, Deputy Principals, Assistant Principals and Aspiring School Leaders
The programme is endorsed by the Centre for School Leadership (CSL), certified by Quality and Qualifications Ireland (QQI) and accredited by the Association for Coaching(AC)
 
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Dates: 22 Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday Evenings, 6.30pm to 9.15pm, October to May
3 Saturdays, 9.30am - 4.30pm
Programme Delivery: The programme will be delivered through Live Virtual (Zoom) Learning Sessions
Engage live with programme facilitators and peers just as you would in a face-to-
face learning environment
Places Available: 21
Programme Fee: €1990 - (€975 due with Registration Form by June 8 and €975 due on January 20)
 
For More Information& Application Forms Click HERE
 

Learning From The Extremes

Learning From The Extremes

DWEC is involved in an EU project for rural schools called ‘Learning From The Extremes’.

Schools in rural areas can apply for the project which provides approx.. €10,000 per school for upgrading digital capacity in their schools.

All information is on the website link here: https://learningfromtheextremes.eu/

The leaders (Dr. Daithí Ó Murchú & Peter Coakley, Limerick and Clare respectively) will be organizing a visionary workshop soon.

For More Information Please See: DWEC Project Spotlight

 

Restorative Practices Skills for Positive Classroom and School Norms Summer Courses for Primary and Post-Primary Teachers 2022

Restorative Practices Skills for Positive Classroom and School Norms  Summer Courses for Primary and Post-Primary Teachers 2022
Continuing Professional Development  
EXTRA PERSONAL VACATION (EPV) ACCREDITED 
Restorative Practices (RP) are both a philosophy and a set of skills that have the core aim of building strong  relationships and transforming conflict in a simple and emotionally healthy manner.
 
Are you a teacher in the Munster area looking to improve class relations? You might be interested to learn  the above Restorative Practices Summer course for teachers is available free of charge in your area in 2022.
 
 
This Course Will: 
  • Provide participants with knowledge and understanding of the use of RP in schools; 
  • Skill participants to use RP to support their teaching practice; 
  • Skill participants to use RP to support their work and life outside the classroom; 
  • Inspire and enable participants to use restorative skills in their work and life; and 
  • Explore the potential of a Restorative approach for creating and maintaining a positive relational environment in  the classroom and school as a whole. 
What Participants Have to Say About our RP Summer Course: 
  • “Highly enjoyable training, delivered in a professional and clean manner with a fantastic injection of humour.” • “I really enjoyed the training and it will really benefit me in both my personal and professional life.” • “I found the course to be very insightful and of good quality. The facilitators were very knowledgeable and  helpful in the sharing of skills and advice.” 
  • “I thoroughly enjoyed the training and will be recommending my staff train up as I believe RP is the way  forward.” 
Childhood Development Initiative 
St. Mark’s House, Fettercairn Road, Tallaght, Dublin 24  
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Resources For Talking To Students About War And Refugees

Resources For Talking To Students  About War And Refugees

Many people have spent the last number of days watching and reading about the terrible situation in Ukraine. We may wonder if there is anything we can do to alleviate the worry that this war is having on some of our students. They may be impacted by the images and news, have family in a country currently at war or have even suffered due to a war/crisis in the world. 

They young people in our classroom may wish to share and express worries or thoughts around the idea of war and refugees. The following are some suggestions on how this could be approached in your school/classroom.

Resources For Talking To Students About War And Refugees

Here is the 2021 UNHCR (UN Refugee Agency) Booklist of other recommended books with a summary of each book.

Children's Books Ireland - Together with Refugees - Refugee Reading Campaign List

It is always important to consider if the book you are sharing is reinforcing stereotypes and generalisations about people or challenging them.

 

Supporting Children And Young People In Our Schools At This Time Of War In Ukraine

Supporting Children And Young People In Our Schools At This Time Of War In Ukraine

NEPS psychologists have developed two handouts to provide advice to parents and school staff with regard to supporting children and young people in our schools at this time of war in Ukraine, available at the following links in English and Irish:

https://www.gov.ie/en/publication/e003e-supporting-children-and-young-people-in-a-time-of-war/

gov.ie - Tacú le Leanaí agus Daoine Óga le linn Cogaidh (www.gov.ie)

 

  
 

Upcoming Courses - September 2022   

Exploring Student Planning Across the Continuum of Support - POST PRIMARY

Exploring Student Planning Across the Continuum of Support - POST PRIMARY

Dr. Claire Griffin will present a suite of four webinars which focus on best practice in support planning across the Continuum of Support, with specific focus on the post-primary school context. Over the course of four sessions, Dr. Griffin will explore support planning for students with additional or Special Education Needs (SEN) across each level of the Continuum of Support. Particular focus will be placed on compiling the Support File and Support Plan at Classroom Support, School Support and School Support Plus levels within the post-primary school context. Using the NEPS ‘Problem-Solving Approach’ as a framework for practice, attendees will be guided through a four-staged approach to (a) identifying students' strengths and needs/concerns (b) information gathering & assessing (c) planning & intervening, and (d) reviewing students' progress. Practical examples of target-setting, creating student plans and planning evidence-based interventions will be explored, with due regard for monitoring and reviewing progress. The importance of ‘student voice’ will also be emphasised throughout the planning process, with reference to a host of practical examples for accessing the voice of students with SEN. This suite of webinars is particularly suitable for teachers working in the SET position at post-primary level, as well as for SENCOs.

Course date: 06-09-2022 7:00 pm
Location: Online via Zoom
Price: Free
Tutor - Speaker: Dr. Claire Griffin
 

Teaching Evolving Plate Tectonic Theories at Junior Cycle Geography (PP)

Teaching Evolving Plate Tectonic Theories at Junior Cycle Geography (PP)

The theory of plate tectonics is an ever-evolving phenomenon. The evidence base for the theory is constantly being expanded on by geologists. However, in my own classroom practice I have been grappling with the idea of teaching more complex plate tectonics concepts rather than sticking with simpler, yet outdated ideas such as convection currents in the mantle are the driving mechanisms for plate movement.

Course date: 08-09-2022 7:00 pm
Location: Online via Zoom
Price: Free
Tutor - Speaker: Lee O'Donnell
 

Schools Restorative Practices 'Headstart Program For Principals & Deputy Principals (P) (PP)

Schools Restorative Practices 'Headstart Program For Principals & Deputy Principals (P) (PP)
Restorative Practices have been shown worldwide to improve student outcomes as well as student and teacher experiences in schools. This course is designed for anyone wishing to foster and lead a restorative approach in their school. It mixes individual skills learning with support and guidance around implementation, and is an ideal springboard to leading the culture change you desire. One of the key determinants of the success of any initiative in a school is the input and leadership from the top. This is certainly true in Restorative Practices. It takes more than
just an awareness of the practice to help implement it across the board. What this tailored program will give participants is both the individual skills to really understand RP, as well as the support required to make the paradigm shift that is needed within your school. As well as gaining from the direction and interactions of the course facilitator and wider group, participants will be paired with a practice partner from the beginning as an aid to skills practice. Overall, it provides an ideal springboard for when you decide to make the jump to a whole-school restorative approach.
Course date: 12-09-2022 7:00 pm
Location: Online via Zoom
Price: €240.00
Tutor - Speaker: Joe Power
 

5 Steps To Inclusion of Autistic Students (P) (PP) (SNA)

5 Steps To Inclusion of Autistic Students (P) (PP) (SNA)

This 5-Week Series is aimed at SNAs working with autistic students in Primary and Post-primary schools and will cover the following areas:

  • Characteristics of autism; Strengths and challenges
  • Sensory processing: Pathway to Sensory Inclusion
  • Communication: Social Communication and Interaction
  • Stressful behaviour
  • Safe Social Story Creation. 
Course date: 13-09-2022 5:00 pm
Location: Online via Zoom
Price: €20.00
Tutor - Speaker: Shaun Greville
 

Managing & Understanding Challenging Behaviour for Primary & Post Primary Teachers & SNAs (P) (PP) (SNA)

Managing & Understanding Challenging Behaviour for Primary & Post Primary Teachers & SNAs (P) (PP) (SNA)

This webinar series is suitable for all Teachers & SNAs in both Primary & Post Primary Schools. It will be run over four 1.5 hour sessions.  Each participant will receive a certificate of completion. Over the 4 webinars the following areas will be examined in detail.

  • Anxiety management & wellbeing for pupils with challenging behaviour 
  • Looking at the influence of co-morbid conditions on behaviour
  • Learning to use a Functional Behaviour Assessment
  • What is an environmental assessment 
  • Workshop activity on the different functions of behaviour
  • Proactive ways to manage challenging behaviour 
  • ABC Charts
  • Teaching alternative behaviours
Course date: 13-09-2022 7:00 pm
Location: Online via Zoom
Price: €20.00
Tutor - Speaker: Muireann Sadlier
 

Trigonometry (PP)

Trigonometry (PP)
Class 1
 Measure of Angles: Degrees and Radians
 Right-angled Triangles, Pythagoras’ Theorem, Sin/Cos/Tan, Sec/Cosec/Cotan
 Inverse Trigonometric Functions
 Special Angles – 45 o /30 o /60 o
 Real World Trig Problems
 
Class 2
 The Unit Circle – Quadrants, Reference Angles,
 Trigonometric Graphs, Period, Range
 
Class 3
 Deriving Trigonometric Formulae
 Applying Trig Formulae
 Solving Trig Equations such as
 
Class 4
 Area of Triangle / Area of Sector / Length of Arc
 Sine Rule
 Cosine Rule
 Solving 3D Problems
Course date: 13-09-2022 7:00 pm
Location: Online via Zoom
Price: Free
Tutor - Speaker: Seán Murphy
 

What You Need To Know About Setting Up Or Working In An ASD/Special Class (P) (PP) (SNA)

What You Need To Know About Setting Up Or Working In An ASD/Special Class (P) (PP) (SNA)

Teachers interested in working with ASD/SEN pupils are invited to this information session held by SEN teacher Libby Conroy (MSEN SEN, PG ASD)

Libby and Dr. Jordan will talk about Autism and briefly look at sensory and language and behaviour issues that affect how SEN children learn. They will discuss the best practice, evidence based teaching strategies you will need to be familiar with when working in an SEN setting. Participants will be guided on how to plan, assess and adapt the curriculum to meet these often complex learning styles.

Dr. David Jordan PHD will also speak about his experiences in the mainstream class setting and he will give advice on how he was helped and encouraged in his education.

Course date: 14-09-2022 6:00 pm
Location: Online via Zoom
Price: Free
Tutor - Speaker: Libby Conroy & Dr. Jordan
 

Teaching Evolving Plate Tectonic Theories at Leaving Certificate Geography (PP)

Teaching Evolving Plate Tectonic Theories at Leaving Certificate Geography (PP)

The theory of plate tectonics is an ever-evolving phenomenon. The evidence base for the theory is constantly being expanded on by geologists. However, in my own classroom practice I have been grappling with the idea of teaching more complex plate tectonics concepts rather than sticking with simpler, yet outdated ideas such as convection currents in the mantle are the driving mechanisms for plate movement.

Course date: 15-09-2022 7:00 pm
Location: Online via Zoom
Price: Free
Tutor - Speaker: Lee O'Donnell
 

Study Skills Webinar Series for Post Primary Students and Parents (PP) (Parents) (Students)

Study Skills Webinar Series for Post Primary Students and Parents (PP) (Parents) (Students)

These webinars are designed for examination year students although all post primary students and their parents would benefit from them and are welcome to attend.  This short series of webinars will encourage students, with the support of their parents, to develop positive learning and study habits.

Course date: 15-09-2022 7:15 pm
Location: Online via Zoom
Price: Free
Tutor - Speaker: Kieran Sweeney
 

Time Management (Board of Management & School Principals Webinar) (P) (PP)

Time Management (Board of Management & School Principals Webinar) (P) (PP)

Join our Time Management Webinar to develop the skills and techniques to effectively manage your time, reduce stress and improve productivity. This webinar aims to help participants to prioritise and take back control of that challenging to do list. Caroline Reidy, Managing Director of The HR Suite will assist you in developing a process to structure your daily, weekly and monthly tasks, giving you the tools to maximise your productivity levels and efficiency. It is a session not to be missed!

Course date: 19-09-2022 7:00 pm
Location: Online via Zoom
Price: Free
Tutor - Speaker: Caroline Reidy
 

9 Week Teacher / SNA Restorative Practices Skills Based Course (P) (PP) (SNA)

9 Week Teacher / SNA Restorative Practices Skills Based Course (P) (PP) (SNA)

Restorative Practice has been gaining in popularity in education circles for over 25 years now, and is now well established in the Irish landscape. There are many courses that offer an overview of the skills and philosophy but rarely do they give participants the opportunity to fully explore these new skills, and in the safe context of a practice partner who is also on the same path. Weekly emails help focus the learners with relevant suggested resources and this, combined with a weekly call with your practice partner, means you learn just enough at any one time. At the end of this course you will have an awareness of the benefits a restorative approach can bring to your classroom and your life, as well as proficiency in the skills needed to foster good relationships and respond to conflict when it arises.

Course date: 20-09-2022 7:00 pm
Location: Online via Zoom
Price: €125.00
Tutor - Speaker: Joe Power
 

Bully4U – Bullying Behaviour – For Post Primary School Teachers (PP)

Bully4U – Bullying Behaviour – For Post Primary School Teachers (PP)

This excellent workshop has been specifically designed to provide greater understanding of Bullying Behaviour in Post Primary Schools for Teachers. Education and understanding are key to tackling Bullying Behaviour in the post primary school environment and this webinar will deliver both.

Course date: 21-09-2022 6:30 pm
Location: Online via Zoom
Price: Free
Tutor - Speaker: Bully4U
 

Strategies to Improve Historical Writing – Junior Cycle (PP)

Strategies to Improve Historical Writing – Junior Cycle (PP)

From my experience in the history classroom, students have similar problems expressing themselves clearly & coherently in a historical writing style. In the past I was quick to prescribe extended writing as an activity without explicitly teaching it in a careful sequence of logical steps. I have assumed that students will pick up historical writing skills through some sort of osmosis. However, extended writing is one of the hardest tasks we can ask students to do. And my own anecdotal evidence suggests that very few students become good historical writers on their own.

Course date: 21-09-2022 7:00 pm
Location: Online via Zoom
Price: Free
Tutor - Speaker: Lee O'Donnell
 

Online Session: Information Session on Epilepsy Awareness for Teachers and SNAs (P) (PP) (SNA)

Online Session: Information Session on Epilepsy Awareness for Teachers and SNAs (P) (PP) (SNA)

Community Resource Officer with Epilepsy Ireland, Veronica Bon will speak about epilepsy related issues in school, including types of seizures, first aid, triggers and activities and how to handle seizures in the school environment.  This online information session is suitable for all staff dealing with students with epilepsy in both primary and post-primary schools.  

Course date: 26-09-2022 7:00 pm
Location: Online via Zoom
Price: Free
Tutor - Speaker: Veronica Bon
 

Diabetes In School (P) (PP) (SNA)

Diabetes In School (P) (PP) (SNA)

Many children attending our schools are living with diabetes. This webinar will give an overview of diabetes and how it may impact on a student during the school day. It is suitable for teachers and SNAs who are working with children with diabetes in the school setting.

Course date: 26-09-2022 7:00 pm
Location: Online via Zoom
Price: Free
Tutor - Speaker: Aisling White
 

Cyber Bullying and Safety in the Digital Playground – For Post Primary School Teachers (PP)

Cyber Bullying and Safety in the Digital Playground – For Post Primary School Teachers (PP)

This excellent workshop has been specifically designed to provide greater understanding of Cyber Bullying and Digital Safety in Post Primary Schools for Teachers. Communication, education and understanding are key to tackling Cyber Bullying and the safety of post primary school children in the Digital Playground. This webinar will deliver these objectives.

Course date: 28-09-2022 6:30 pm
Location: Online via Zoom
Price: Free
Tutor - Speaker: Bully4U
 

Strategies to Improve Historical Writing – Senior Cycle (PP)

Strategies to Improve Historical Writing – Senior Cycle (PP)

From my experience in the history classroom, students have similar problems expressing themselves clearly & coherently in a historical writing style. In the past I was quick to prescribe extended writing as an activity without explicitly teaching it in a careful sequence of logical steps. I have assumed that students will pick up historical writing skills through some sort of osmosis. However, extended writing is one of the hardest tasks we can ask students to do. And my own anecdotal evidence suggests that very few students become good historical writers on their own.

Course date: 28-09-2022 7:00 pm
Location: Online via Zoom
Price: Free
Tutor - Speaker: Lee O'Donnell
 

Dyscalculia and Maths Learning Difficulties with Steve Chinn (P) (PP)

Dyscalculia and Maths Learning Difficulties with Steve Chinn (P) (PP)

Each session will include pragmatic strategies for use with learners. Each section/topic in the course will demonstrate the use of appropriately matched, visual images and materials. This is a pragmatic course, but it is based on research and experience.

***PLEASE NOTE THAT THE SAME LINK WILL BE USED TO ACCESS EACH ZOOM SESSION***

Course date: 29-09-2022 7:00 pm
Location: Online via Zoom
Price: €20.00
Tutor - Speaker: Steve Chinn
 


Autumn Courses - 2022

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 


      

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Clare Education Centre,
Govermment Buildings,
Kilrush Road,
Ennis,
Co. Clare.
V95 F782

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