Write-a-Book 2020

Write-a-Book 2020

Unfortunately, we will have to defer 'Write a Book 2020'.  We will try to facilitate this when schools return. 

Clare Education Centre is currently organising Write-a-Book 2020.  This is the 25th consecutive year of this successful project.

To help us process Write-a-Book 2020 we ask each teacher interested to complete the online registration form by clicking here.  Each class must be entered separately. 

Timeframe for Write-a-Book 2020

6th December 2019   Register intent to participate in the project before 5pm. 

POSTPONED             Book Swap at Clare Education Centre for Junior, Senior, First and Second Classes.  Each participating teacher will take a bundle of books to correct.

POSTPONED             Book Swap Day at Clare Education Centre for Third, Fourth, Fifth and Sixth Classes.  Each participating teacher will take a bundle of books to correct.

POSTPONED             All books to be returned to Clare Education Centre by 5pm.

POSTPONED             Presentation Evening (venue TBC)

Last year was a phenomenal success with a most enjoyable social Awards Night.

Clare Education Centre once again thanks the 2,000 + pupils, their parents and most especially their teachers who made this project possible.  If, however, you have not tried Write-a-Book before or have for any reason taken part in the past but were unable to participate last year maybe now is the time to re-enter or give Write-a-Book 2020 a try for the first time.

We look forward to hearing from you.
Clare Education Centre

Download the following attachments

  • Book Labels 2020
  • School Book List 2020
  • Write-a-Book Guidelines 2020
  • Write-a-Book Judging Guidelines 2020
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Creative Writing Residencies for Primary Schools

Promoting Writing in School through the lens of Development Education

Jointly funded by Poetry Ireland/Irish Aid, Clare Education Centre and the Clare County Council Arts Office

Clare Co Council            Poetry Ireland            Clare Ed

Opportunity for 8 schools to avail of:

  • Two Professional Development sessions for participating teachers. The sessions will focus on the Creative Writing process through the lens of Development Education.
  • Croke Park hour workshop for the teaching staff of each participating school, with a Creative Writing facilitator
  • 4 x 1.5 hour Creative Writing sessions with one class from each of 8 schools with a Creative Writing facilitator

This arts-based teacher professional development programme in Development Education is aimed at practising primary teachers. It will be cross-curricular, focused on constructive instruction and the development of critical literacy and higher order thinking skills.  Workshops will be participative with an emphasis on reflection, joint problem solving and a sharing of expertise and experience.

CLICK HERE to apply to participate in the project

  • Places will be allocated to each of 8 Applicant Schools. Only one class per school can participate.
  • Places will be allocated on a First Come, First Served Basis.
  • Each participating school is also asked to contribute €150 towards the project costs.

The Creative Writer facilitator is John W. Sexton (see attached Profile).

CLICK HERE for further information on the Writers in Schools scheme, an initiative run by Poetry Ireland.

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STEAM - Teacher Primary Schools Science Project

STEAM - Teacher Primary Schools Science Project

DCU          American

Steam poster

This project is run in partnership with the Institute of Education, DCU, Drumcondra and The Irish American Partnership (IAP).  The project was established with the aim to make the benefits of Continuing Professional Development (CPD) in primary science more widely available to primary school teachers in small rural schools in Co Clare.  The workshops are collaborative in nature with a strong emphasis on developing greater pedagogical expertise as well as deepening subject knowledge.   

PHOTOS: Scoil na Maighdine Mhuire - Great attempts from the Third class STEAM marble run challenge. 
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For many years the Clare Education Centre has been promoting the teaching of ‘Science’ in the schools that it serves.  The use of materials, the promotion of active learning as well as co-operative learning were the foundation on which this promotion was built.  A few years ago ‘STEM’ and later ‘STEAM’ began to be discussed and it was an easy transition for many Clare schools to explore ‘STEAM’ education because of the work they had undertaken in Science education.  STEAM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics.  Pupils are exposed to all these subjects through their participation in this science project.  

PHOTOS: A recent STEAM Workshop at the Clare Education Centre.
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Clare Education Centre is delighted to promote this STEAM project, in order to further enrich science teaching and learning in local schools.  Michael Browne leads this project and endeavours to ensure that activities are inclusive, participative and based on a constructivist methodology.  Feedback from the participating pupils and teachers has been extraordinary.  Michael provides a great opportunity for the whole school to take a look at classroom practice in the area of STEAM teaching and learning as well as how maths and science are addressed.  The programme is based around the use of everyday materials to explore science questions and to experiment to find solutions. At present we have 14 of our large schools and 16 of our smaller schools involved in various ‘STEAM’ explorations.  In 2019 we plan to expand these numbers.  At present it isn’t uncommon to see classes in Clare Primary Schools working in small groups planning, building and evaluation various projects that they have put together using ‘the STEAM way of working’.  The children build bridges, marble runs, pulley systems, electronic quiz boards, to mention but a few, but with a minimum of teacher input.  The children get to plan, discuss, try out, explore and be creative while the teacher encourages and supports. 

PHOTOS: Scoil Chriost Ri, Cloughleigh using science, technology, engineering, arts and maths skills to design and build ramps that would allow a toy car leap across a 10cm gap.

A number of supports are offered to schools who participate in this programme.  Inservice education in STEAM methodologies is offered on an ongoing basis to teachers of classes participating in the project.  Whole staff inservice is offered to participating schools and model lessons are demonstrated in each participating school.    

Thanks to the support of The Irish American Partnership and Institute of Education, DCU, Drumcondra, the project is in its third year.  To further embed the focus of STEAM in participating schools, it is intended to extend the project to include shared learning days and opportunities for teachers to participate in Science Teacher Professional Communities.

VIDEOS: Drawbot videos from Scoil na Maighdine Mhuire and Coore NS below.  

CSL - Centre for School Leadership

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CSL - Centre for School Leadership
The decision to establish a Centre for School Leadership on a partnership basis between IPPN/NAPD and the DES represents a new departure and presents a unique opportunity for the development of a coherent continuum of professional development for school leaders. It is the shared objective that the Centre will become a centre of excellence for school leadership and the lead provider of supports. The CSL’s responsibility will extend across the continuum of leadership development commencing with pre appointment training through to induction of newly appointed principals to continuous professional development throughout the leader’s career. The Centre will also advise the DES on policy in this area. During the initial phase, the Centre will have a particular focus on the needs of newly appointed principals and experienced principals experiencing professional difficulty and/or challenging situations. 

The Programme is based in Clare Education Centre.


Maths Recovery


Mata, the Maths Recovery Programme is one of the key actions to improve numeracy outcomes.

home1Maths Recovery offers a unique approach to extending children’s number knowledge, understanding, and strategies. The programme offers an extremely detailed profiles-based assessment of pupils in respect of these areas and provides a framework for individual, group, or class-based instruction which is suitable not only for pupils who are experiencing difficulties but also for average and more able children.


Mata, the Maths Recovery Programme, is being rolled out extensively as part of the Department of Education & Science DEIS initiatives (Delivering Equality of Opportunity in Schools) as one of the key actions to improve numeracy outcomes. Maths Recovery specialists and classroom teachers in the relevant schools will be trained in the principles and practices of Maths Recovery.

The Programme is based in Clare Education Centre.


The ESCI (Education Support Centres Ireland) website pulls in courses from Education Centres all over the country allowing you view all courses taking place nationwide.

Contact the Centre

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Govermment Buildings,
Kilrush Road,
Co. Clare