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This is Science Week and an excellent opportunity to explore the world of STEM (Science Technology Engineering and Maths).  A full list of events, classroom resources and much, much more can be found at

All schools have been asked to have project material for display on Proclamation Day in March 2016.  To help teachers, a series of courses will take place in Blackrock Education Centre, starting November 25th.  
This 2-evening course will look at everyday life, newspaper sources and images to reconstruct the period leading up to the events of Easter Week 1916. We will look at a number of practical, classroom-based activities to help your pupils explore this exciting time in Irish History.
Workshop 2 takes place on Wednesday 25th November.  Booking here

In 2000, Seamus Heaney agreed to lend his name to a public lecture series to be hosted by St. Patrick’s College, Dublin City University. This year's Heaney lectures  will be devoted to The History of Education, with particular reference to Ireland.
The lectures are free of charge and open to the public.  They will take place in the Cregan Library at 7:00 p.m.  Dates and themes are:
Tuesday, 17 November: ‘Secondary School Education in Ireland: History, Memories and Life Stories, 1922-1967’  - Judith Harford (UCD), Tom O’Donoghue (University of Western Australia), 

This week is Maths Week and we have a range of events taking place.  All events are free of charge but admission limited to those with a valid online booking.
Enriching Your Child's Mathematical Experience
Dr. Alison Kiddle          Thursday 15th October  19:00 – 21:00 hrs
Parents are key in forming a child's attitude towards a subject. Allison Kiddle, of the Cambridge University NRICH Programme, will demonstrate fun ways of enriching a child's mathematical experience and useful, free, online resources. 
Young People Succeed In Maths
Dr Lisa Ruttledge

When did you last get the opportunity to attend a workshop on improving your ‘Cruinneas’? Do you teach Irish grammar in a fun and meaningful way? When calling a child is it ‘A Seán’, ‘A Sheán’ or even ‘A Sheáin’? Do I say ‘teach Máire’ or ‘teach Mháire’? What does ‘caol le caol, leathan le leathan’mean?
Beidh ceardlann ar Chruinneas Gaeilge á reachtáil ag an PDST sna hIonaid Oideachais:  Dáta: 1 Deireadh Fómhair 2015  Am: 4.30-6.30 pm
This workshop is suitable for English medium schools

On Thursday September 10th, an experienced marker of LC Physics will give personal insight into this year's marking scheme, common student mistakes and misconceptions.   Organised by IOP and PDST, teachers may book a place here.  Please bring your own set of papers and marking scheme.
This year’s Institute of Physics teachers conference takes place in the School of Physics NUI Galway on Saturday 19th September.
It will be a day of lectures, demonstrations, and workshops, resources and networking for all teachers of physics including Junior Science Teachers.
The keynote presentation will be delivered by the eminent...

ReelLIFE SCIENCE is a novel science video competition for Irish primary and secondary schools, which aims to promote Science in the classroom and beyond, by inviting students to produce a short video communicating a scientific topic in an engaging and entertaining way.
More information at

It is a Teaching Council registration requirement for all NQTs who have completed their initial teacher education since July 2012 to participate in the Droichead or NIPT Workshop Programme. NQTs have three years from their initial date of registration with the Teaching Council to complete the  programmes. 
Blackrock Education Centre’s workshop series commence September 6th  Further information here

Excited 2015 provides an opportunity for those who are passionate about education to challenge, share and engage with others on the future of Irish education.  The festival starts in Dublin Castle on Friday, May 22nd at 7:00 p.m. and continues on to the Saturday evening. 
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The RDS is calling for Expressions of Interest from primary school teachers interested in participating in the 2015 /2016 RDS STEM Learning Facilitator programme to become peer-leaders in science and maths primary education.
Those interested in finding out more are welcome to attend an Information Evening in the RDS at 6pm on May 6 – please email to register your attendance.
 Full details are available at and the deadline for Expressions of Interest is Wednesday, May 21, 2015. The programme will take place in St Patrick’s College, Drumcondra across 10 weekday evenings between September 2015 – May 2016