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Seamus Cannon and Paddy Madden

It is a Teaching Council registration requirement for all NQTs who have completed their initial teacher education since July 2012 to participate in the NIPT Workshop or Droichead Programme. NQTs have three years from their initial date of registration with the Teaching Council to complete the NIPT workshop programme. 
Blackrock Education Centre’s NIPT NQT workshop series will commence September 4th 2016.
Further information here
Droichead (bridge in Irish) is the enhanced model of induction for Newly Qualified Teachers (NQTs). This will be the recognised route of induction...

The National Induction Programme for Teachers (NIPT), a cross-sectoral support service for newly qualified teachers (NQTs) under the remit of the Teacher Education Section of the Department of Education and Skills, from time to time, have  opportunities for the position of local facilitators and associates.
An associate is a registered teacher, who is engaged to work in a part-time capacity (20 days) with NIPT to complement and extend the capacity of the service.  Local facilitators may engage in similar work for up to 6 days a year.
Those seeking further information should contact NIPT directly 

The entire nation is invited to take time out and to ‘Drop Everything and Read’ for 20 minutes at 12 noon on Friday April 29th 2016.    

Organised by the JCSP Demonstration Library Project, in collaboration with Poetry Ireland,  the simple but very effective idea is to promote the importance of literacy and reading for pleasure, by having as many people as possible read at the same time on the same day.

Work will be put down, computer screens will be turned off, and everyone will be encouraged to pick up a book, magazine, newspaper, e-book, audio book, etc. and to read quietly, or indeed be read to, for 20 minutes.

The main focus of this national DEAR challenge is to draw attention to the importance...

Temple Carrig School, Greystones will host its inaugural Teach Meet on Wednesday, 27th April at 7.30pm.

A Teach Meet is an evening where teachers can share examples of good practice, irrespective of curriculum or school.  This event is open to educators working in the second level system.
It is hoped to be a fun evening and an opportunity to examine and share some inspiring resources available to all teachers.
Teachers can get further information by clicking here

The inaugural meeting for the Erasmus+ Project STEM: Engineers of the Future took place in Blackrock Education Centre on April 12th/13th.  The project involves schools and education authorities in Sanliurfa (Turkey) and Valdere (Italy); Knocklyon Community School; CESI and Blackrock Education Centre

Manifesto writing is a way to imagine different worlds.
“Creating the Manifesto” is a project for young people. Over four days during Easter 2016, participants will create their own manifestos. They will devise and write personal manifestos at the dlr LexIcon, Dun Laoghaire, and then use these texts to design and print letterpress posters at the National Print Museum, Beggars Bush, Dublin 4.
This is an active, practical and fun 4 day project incorporating creative writing, design and print, during which participants will also find out about historical manifestos, including the 1916 Proclamation.
The project is free for participants but booking is essential and applicipants must take part on all days.  For more Information click...

Post-primary education in Ireland is in the midst of much curriculum and assessment change and teachers are at the coalface of this change. With the proposed introduction of new forms of classroom assessment, teachers will have an increased role in the assessment process. However, teachers’ beliefs provide a lens for the translation of policy into practice and so when considering the implementation of assessment reform one needs to know what teachers believe about the nature and purpose of assessment. 
Research into Irish Post-Primary Teachers’ Conceptions of Assessment is a study by Marie Darmody as part of her Doctorate in Education studies and is financially supported under the NCCA's Assessment Research and Development Programme 2015/16. The purpose of...

Want to sing? Come and join us on Tuesday evenings at 5.30pm - 7.30pm, starting on next Tuesday, 2nd February, 2016.

Experience the pleasure of singing together in a relaxed and encouraging atmosphere, with an emphasis on FUN

No auditions, No prior choir singing experience necessary, just a willingness to sing.




This event is free of charge - follow the link to book your place Here


This year’s ILSA Spring Seminars take place on 11th March, 2016 at the Newpark Hotel in Kilkenny.  The theme is: Learning: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrowand will include Primary and Post-Primary Seminars on:
Maths; Literacy; Behaviour; Management of Anxiety among Students with SEN;A Collaborative Approach to Literacy; Strategies to Support Learning for Children with EBD among others.
More details can be found on their website