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Meet Mathy. Throughout these two workshops Mathy will offer practical approaches to planning and assessing play-based learning in Maths. The workshops are suitable for teachers new to Aistear and also for those with Aistear experience, as they look at play through a mathematical lens. Participants will learn practical suggestions for developing maths language, how to plan playful lessons, and activities for teacher-led and child-led play.

Mondays 19th and 26th November, from 4 to 6pm, in Blackrock Education Centre

Booking exclusively from www.pdst.ie/onlinebooking

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nurtureirelandNurture Ireland are delighted to host their Inaugural Nurture Conference, celebrating the spread of nurture training and support for primary and post primary schools throughout Ireland. We will be joined on the day by experts from Ireland, UK and Northern Ireland, bringing a wealth of experience and expertise.

For details and bookings click here

The dates for this 3-session course are Mondays 12th, 19th & 26th November, from 7.00pm – 9.30pm. The total cost is €30.00 and is being facilitated by Harry Freeman. 

Target Group:  Teachers who currently hold or aspire to positions of leadership in post primary schools

The course will address themes such as leading change, leading teams, planning, motivating, managing conflict or preparing for Interviews.

For further information and bookings please click here. 


Blackrock Education Centre are delighted to announce the continuation of the Association for Coaching accredited coaching courses in November.

  • These courses have been specifically designed for principals, teachers, middle managers, APs, DPs and any professional who is already in, or who aspires to be in, a leadership role
  • The course is accredited through the Association for Coaching (AC) and may be used to progress towards accreditation as AC coach, an internationally recognized award. The course incorporates guidance towards becoming a fully accredited coach
  • Participants experience the practical use of coaching skills to enhance their personal and professional skill set in areas such as:
    • Leadership
    • People management skills
    • Career progression
    • Navigating difficult conversations

For further information and booking please go to the courses/events section. For any other queries please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

We invite you to an information session on Monday November 19th, from 4:30 to 6:30, on forming leadership clusters to work collaboratively with other schools. This is a further expansion of the Schools Excellence Fund.  The purpose of this project is to explore approaches to school leadership and management which involve and empower management teams to develop leadership capacity in participating schools.

Refreshments will be available from 4.00pm. The purpose of the information session is to:

•          Outline the focus of the initiative
•          The application and selection process
•          The composition of clusters
•          The roles and responsibilities of Education Centres, Lead School Co-ordinators and the Centre for School Leadership
•          Outline the available supports

You may also have an opportunity to meet other schools attending the session with a view to possible collaboration.  Principals are welcome to attend with a member/members of their senior or middle leadership team.  To book a place at the above session, please click 

Further information is available on the home page of the CSL website  CSL

JJ Ulysses book coverBooking is now open for this successful course Blackrock Education Centre has been running in the past few years.  You don't need to be a teacher or an academic to enjoy this masterpiece of Irish literature!   With Dr Seamus Cannon's guidance you too will be able to know, enjoy and discuss James Joyce's Ulysses.

The course consists of seven sessions:
Tuesday, 20th November 2018: Session to serve as introduction to Homer’s Odyssey and James Joyce and his family
Six monthly sessions: Tuesdays 8th January, 12th February, 12th March, 9th April, 14th May and 11th June 2019

Cost €60, open to all.  Click here to book a place*

* In order to book you need to be registered in our website - if you have any difficulties in doing so please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
The Induction Workshop Programme is a flexible learning programme, funded by the Department of Education and Skills, and designed to meet the particular professional learning needs of newly qualified teachers (NQTs). The programme, coordinated by the National Induction Programme for Teachers, builds on the learning that took place during initial teacher education. It can be tailored by an NQT to his or her particular circumstances. Subject to an overall minimum of 20 hours of professional learning, NQTs may combine school-based professional learning activities with off-site workshops. Engagement in the Induction Workshop Programme is a requirement for all NQTs not engaging in the Droichead process, who wish to be fully registered with the Teaching Council.

It is essential that every NQT gives Blackrock Education Centre this NQT Induction Workshop Programme Registration Form (2018-2019) before attending his/her first workshop, regardless if you are attending one or 10 workshops.  A welcome pack with all the information you require will be sent to the e-mail address you fill in on this form.

Please check our course section HERE

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