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How can I book myself on a course?

Step-by-Step Instructions

Step 1 - Click the 'Register' button

Step 2 - Complete the Registration Form

Step 3 - Check your email (and spam box) for Registration Confirmation

Step 4 - Return to the website and log in

Step 5 - Update your Profile if you need to!

Step 6 - Go to the 'Courses' menu, select your course and book your place - if the course is free check your email for Booking Confirmation

Paid Courses?

Step 7 - We use Stripe for online payments which is 100% secure

Step 8 - Check your email for Course Confirmation email and reciept of payment

Be sure to look out for email updates and course reminders from the Centre!

Frequently Asked Questions

Why do I need to register? Registration allows you to track your course history for CPD purposes.

What is my Profile? Your Profile contains your registration data and course history. You can also change your password, email address etc.

Data Protection

Privacy Notice


Blackrock Education Centre (“we”, “us”, or “our”) is committed to ensuring that your privacy is protected and respected.

This privacy statement explains how we use the personal data collected and provided to us. It also provides information about the choices available to you about how we use your personal data and how you can access and update your personal data.

This privacy statement applies to websites owned and operated by Blackrock Education Centre.


Depending on the products, content or services you request, we may collect and process various kinds of information about you. Information you provide when you:

·         Create an account or use our products, content or services.

·         Complete an online form published on this Website. This may include personal data about you such as your name, email address, home address, position/occupation, school/employer, telephone number, gender, unique identifiers such as teaching council number, username, password and date of birth.

·         Communicate with us by email, online chat, SMS, instant messaging (IM), direct message (DM), social media, letter post or fax.

·         Contact us by telephone. While we do not record telephone calls we may make and keep a record of information provided during a telephone call.

·         Participate in a survey (online, by telephone, or face to face).

·         Submit an information request or query by email or via this Website.

We may also collect further personal data about you should additional information be required to fulfil your request for products, content or services, deal with your query or give effect to your information request.


By visiting our Website, you do not disclose, nor do we collect, personal data about you. However, as with most websites, our Website servers gather certain technical information automatically which is stored in log files.

This technical information may include internet protocol (IP) addresses, device type, operating system, browser type and version, the general region or approximate location, referring/exit pages, time/date stamp and other usage information.

You can remove or reject cookies at any time using your browser or device settings. However, doing so may affect your ability to use our products, content or services.

Please see our Cookie Policy for more information about how we use cookies and similar technologies.


By and large we use personal data to provide, improve and further develop our products, content and services, to communicate with you, to offer you information about products, content or services that may be of interest to you, and to protect us and our users.

As data controller, Blackrock Education Centre collects and processes your personal data for the following purposes:

·         To communicate with you about our products, content and services.

·         To fulfil orders placed or to effect transactions initiated by you via this Website.

·         To respond to information requests or queries submitted by you.

·         To ensure that our Website content is presented effectively for you and for the device you are using to access this Website.

·         To provide you with information about products, content or services that may be of interest to you, where you have consented to be contacted for such purposes.

We use technical information to administer our Website, compile Website usage statistics, to monitor Website usage and to help us further develop this Website. We may provide such anonymised aggregate technical information to third parties. Statistics and technical information will not include any personal identifiable information that can be used to identify any individual.

If you do not want us to use your personal data in one or more of the ways mentioned above, please let us know by contacting us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or refer to additional instructions in the “Your rights” section of this statement.

Please be aware that should you decide not to provide your personal data then we may be unable to provide some or all of the products, content or services you might request.


In order to provide products, content or services to you, we may share certain personal data with third-party service providers that work with us to provide, improve or further develop our products, content or services. Personal data may be shared with third-party service providers only in the ways described in this privacy statement. We will not sell, lease or rent your personal data to any third-party.

We may share personal data with third-party service providers that provide products, content or services on our behalf, such as payment processing; website hosting; email services; cloud computing and storage services; marketing; auditing; data analytics; order fulfilment; customer support; conducting customer research and satisfaction surveys; and other services that support the provision, improvement or further development of our products, content and services.

Third-party service providers are obliged to protect personal data and are restricted from using this personal data in any way other than to provide services for Blackrock Education Centre or for collaborative services in which they and Blackrock Education Centre are engaged.

If Blackrock Education Centre or substantially all of its assets are acquired by a third-party, in which case personal data held by it about its users may be transferred to the relevant third-party.

In certain circumstances, personal data may be subject to disclosure pursuant to judicial proceeding, court order, or legal process. We may also share your personal data to protect the rights or property of Blackrock Education Centre, our third-party service providers, suppliers or users, and others when we have reasonable grounds to believe that such rights or property have been or could be affected.


You have the right to access personal data that we collect about you. So as to protect your privacy and security, we will take reasonable steps to verify your identity before releasing any personal data held on our systems to you.

 You may be entitled to ask us:

·         For a copy of your personal data;

·         To correct or erase your personal data;

·         To restrict or stop the processing of your personal data;

·         To transfer some of this personal data to other organisations; and

·         Where we have asked for your consent to process your personal data, to withdraw this consent.

Under certain circumstances these rights may be limited – for example, where we can demonstrate that we have a legal requirement to process your data. In some instances, this may mean that we are able to retain data even after consent is withdrawn.

We hope that we can satisfy queries you may have about the way we process personal data and resolve any complaints you may have. We encourage you to contact us in the first instance but you are entitled to complain directly to the relevant data protection authority.

You can correct, change or delete your information in your account setting page. You can stop receiving our emails by following the unsubscribe instructions included in these emails or accessing the email preferences in your account settings page. Alternatively, to access any of the above rights, you can email our Data Protection Officer at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by contacting us by telephone or letter post (see contact information listed at the bottom of this page).


From time to time, our Website may contain links to or the ability for you to access third-party websites. Third-party websites should have their own privacy policies and we would urge you to read the privacy policies of third-party websites before proceeding to use or submit any personal data to these websites.  We do not accept any responsibility or liability for the privacy policies, or the content or operation of third-party websites. This Privacy statement applies only to information collected by us.


We take seriously our security obligations in respect of your personal data to prevent unauthorised access to, or alteration or misuse or destruction of such personal data while in our possession.

All information you provide to us by email or via this Website is stored on secure servers.

Where you have access credentials (username and password) which enables you to access certain parts of this Website, you are responsible for keeping your access credentials confidential and for taking measures to protect against unauthorised use of, or access to, your access credentials, computers and other devices you use to access products, content or services provided by us.

You should be aware that, despite our efforts, no security system is impenetrable; no data transmission method, or electronic data storage method, is 100% secure. Should a security breach occur, you and the relevant data protection authority will be promptly notified by us as required by law.

We will retain your information only to the extent and for so long as is necessary for the uses stated in this Privacy Statement, unless a longer retention period is required or permitted by law.


Unless stated otherwise, our website, products, content and services are not intended for use by children under 16 years of age. We do not knowingly collect or store personal data provided by anyone under 16 years of age.


We may periodically update this Privacy statement to reflect changes to our information practices, industry practices, or regulatory requirements. Non-material changes to this Privacy statement will take effect immediately once the updated Privacy statement is posted to this Website. Notice of any material changes to this Privacy statement will be by means of a prominent notice on this Website before such changes take effect or by notifying you directly. 


We welcome your comments about our website and our privacy statement. If you would like to contact us with any queries or comments please send an e-mail to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . You may also contact us by letter post or telephone at:

Blackrock Education Centre,
Kill Ave

Dun Laoghaire

Co Dublin

A96 EW01                                                                            Telephone: (01) 2365000

Cookie Policy


Blackrock Education Centre (“we”, “us”, or “our”) use cookies to make our website work properly and to improve your browsing experience. A cookie is a small piece of data that may be stored on your computer or mobile device. It allows a website to “remember” your actions or preferences over a span of time.


We use cookies to administer our Website, compile Website usage statistics, to monitor Website usage and to help us further develop this Website.

Navigation Cookies – These cookies are used to enable essential features that provide you with access to our Website content, products and services. Without these cookies you may not be able to use certain features of the Website or access certain products, content or services.

Functional Cookies - Cookies that remember your preferences and allow us to ensure that our Website content is presented effectively for you and for the device you are using to access this Website

Analytics Cookies – Cookies that assist us in understanding how visitors use and interact with the Website. Typically, Analytics Cookies aggregate anonymised information about pages visited, length of visit, links clicked on along with details of where the visit originated from. All data collected by Analytics Cookies is anonymised and does not contain any personal identifiable information.

Social Sharing Button Cookies – These cookies allow you to share pages and content on our Website through third-party social networks and other websites.


Within your browser you can control and/or delete cookies as you wish. Different browsers have different control mechanisms available to you and we have provided some links to instructions for some of the most popular browsers below.


You can delete all cookies that are already on your computer and you can set most browsers to prevent them from being placed. If you do this, however, you may have to manually adjust some preferences every time you visit our site and some services and functions may not work. Generally, browsers will offer you the choice to accept, refuse or delete cookies at all times, or those from providers that website owners use ("third party cookies"), or those from specific websites.

Freedom of Information (FOI) and Access to Information on the Environment (AIE)

Freedom of Information
This FOI Sections 15 and 16 Reference Book – A Guide to the functions, records, rules and practices of the Blackrock Education Centre - is compiled in accordance with the Freedom of Information Acts 1997, as amended by the Freedom of Information Act 2003. All references in this manual to the Freedom of Information Act or Acts refer to the 1997 Act as amended by the 2003 Act.

The Freedom of Information (FOI) Acts, effective from 21st April 1998, establish three new statutory rights:

  • a legal right for each person to access information held by public bodies;
  • a legal right for each person to have official information relating to him/herself amended where it is incomplete, incorrect or misleading; and
  • a legal right to obtain reasons for decisions affecting oneself.

The Acts assert the right of members of the public to obtain access to official information to the greatest extent possible consistent with the public interest and the right to privacy of individuals.
Purpose of Reference Book
This reference book has been prepared and published in accordance with the requirements of Sections 15 and 16 of the FOI Acts.
In accordance with Section 15 of the Act, the purpose of this reference book is to facilitate access to official information held by Blackrock Education Centre, by outlining the structure and functions of this organisation, details of the services we provide and how they may be availed of, information on the classes of records we hold, and information on how to make a request to the Department under the Freedom of Information Acts, 1997 and 2003.
Section 16 of the FOI Act requires us to publish a book containing:

  • the rules, procedures, practices, guidelines and interpretations used by the body, and an index of any precedents kept, for the purposes of decisions under any enactment or scheme administered by us ‘with respect to rights, privileges, benefits, obligations, penalties or other sanctions to which members of the public are or may be entitled or subject under the enactment or scheme’ together with
  • ‘appropriate information in relation to the manner or intended manner of administration of any such enactment or scheme.’

Access to Information on the Environment
You have the right to obtain certain environmental information from Blackrock Education Centre under the European Communities (Access to Information on the Environment) Regulations 2007 (as amended). The AIE legislation sets out the procedures for public access to information relating to the environment held by public bodies.
To make a request to Blackrock Education Centre under AIE legislation, we ask that you submit your request electronically to the email address This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or in writing to: Jenny Masterson, FOI Officer, Blackrock Education Centre, Kill Avenue, Dún Laoghaire, Co Dublin, Ireland.  In your request, we ask that you:
• Specify that you are making the request under AIE legislation and clearly state the environmental information that you are requesting
• Please try to provide as much detail as possible to enable us to process your request efficiently
• Include your return address
You will receive a response within one month from the date on which the request is received by Blackrock Education Centre.
Disclaimer/Note: Please be advised that we may refuse AIE requests on certain mandatory grounds (personal information/third party information) or discretionary grounds (commercial confidentiality etc).  Also, please ensure that we hold the environment information you seek.
Charges: There is no initial fee for making an AIE request.  Responses will be emailed free of charge.  Should you wish the information available in hard-copy, a charge of 5 cent per sheet will apply.  If required, postage fees will also apply.
Appeals:  If you would like to appeal a decision made by the Blackrock Education Centre, you can do so by sending a request in writing asking for an internal review of the decision. Please address your review request to: Pat Seaver, Director, Blackrock Education Centre, Kill Avenue, Dún Laoghaire, Co Dublin, Ireland.
If after the internal review, you are unsatisfied with the decision and would like to make a complaint or appeal the decision again, you can do so by contacting the Office of the Commissioner for Environmental Information (“CEI”). You must appeal or make a complaint to the CEI within one month of getting the reviewed decision from Blackrock Education Centre.

Terms and Conditions

As demand for popular courses cannot always be met, the following arrangements are designed to give all applicants an equal and fair opportunity:

  • Places will be allocated upon receipt of a completed application.
  • Where courses fill quickly, applicants who have not received a place will be notified without delay. 
  • The Centre reserves the right to cancel or amalgamate courses.
  • If a course is cancelled, every effort will be made to accommodate you on another course.
  • We will notify applicants by email or SMS text message when they have been accepted for a course.
  • Confirmation cannot be given by telephone.
  • Fees are non refundable 


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About Blackrock Education Centre

About Blackrock Education Centre

“BEC promotes partnership in education by providing access to training, development and support for teachers and the wider education community”

Susan Gibney - Director Clodagh McDermott - Centre Administrator Aisling Healy - Bursar Chris Murphy - Centre Accounts Administrator Clare Condon - Reception/Room Bookings/PDST Administrator Sandra Kinsella - Administrator Local Courses/PDST TIE  DEPARTMENTS:- TPN (Teacher Professional Networks)Adela Fernandez - Administrator Associates and Local Facilitators (ALFA) - Eithne Woods - Administrator JCSP (Junior Certificate School Programme)Elaine Flynn - National AdministratorJill Byrne -Accounts AdministratorDorota Ruszczak - Administrator General Assistant - Alec Dowling - Housekeeping - Martyna Ostojska

Richard Davies Chairperson The High School, Rathgar, Dublin 6 Donal Ryan Treasurer Retired Principal, Holy Family N.S. Monkstown Jessica Fuller   FIS, IADT, Dun Laoghaire Mary Gallagher   Holy Cross N.S., Dundrum, Dublin 14 David Alvey   Retired, BFEI, Adult Education  Maria Spring   Principal, St. Clare’s NS. Harold’s Cross, Dublin 6W  Dr Kirstie McAdoo   Airfield, Dundrum, Dublin 14 Laoise Ní Chuinn    Our Lady of Mercy Convent School, Booterstown Niamh Murray   St Patrick's BNS, Holly Park, Dublin 18 Cora Ui Chuinn   Retired, Our Lady of Good Counsel GNS, Dun Laoghaire Paul Twomey   Queen of Angels Primary School, Sandyford Jake O'Brien   Presentation Secondary School, Warrenmount, Dublin 8

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Room NAMECAPACITYINFORMATION Classroom 1 or 3 Theatre Style = 50/60Classroom Style = 30Conference Style = 30Boardroom Style = 30Cabaret Style= 30 Hourly = €25Half Day = €75Full Day = €125 Room 4A/B 10 Desktop Computers (+option to add 10 laptops)Theatre Style = 20Classroom Style = 20Conference Style = 20Boardroom Style = 20 Hourly = €30 IT USE: €150 Classroom:€100 Room 2 or 5 Theatre Style = 30 Classroom Style = 20 Conference Style = 20 Boardroom Style = 20 Hourly = €20Half Day = €55 Full Day = €100 Catering Tea/Coffee + Biscuits = €2.86 per person Tea/Coffee + Sandwiches/snacks  = €6.00 per person Tea/Coffee + voucher for local carvery  = €14.01 per person Standard Equipment Laptop, Data Projector and Screen, WI FI, DVD, Video Players, Audio System Cancellation Fee €25 for cancellation less than 7 days before event

Blackrock Education Centre (BEC) - one of 21 such full-time Centres throughout the country - provides support for teachers and others involved in education in Dún Laoghaire/Rathdown County, part of South County Dublin and North County Wicklow. This region has approximately 250 schools, both Primary and Post Primary with over 5000 teachers.  It is financed by the Department of Education and Skills (DES) and by contract work undertaken by the Centre, frequently by way of joint publications.  The Centre is managed by a committee elected annually at the Centre's AGM. Leadership and management of the Centre are the responsibility of Director Dr. Susan Gibney.Our Mission Statement: “BEC promotes partnership in education by providing access to training, development and support for teachers and the wider education community” The Centre was established in 1972 in Carysfort Avenue, Blackrock, Co Dublin. Since 1996, BEC has been located in the grounds of the IADT Dún Laoghaire at Deansgrange - near Baker's Corner public house (Bar), a useful landmark for orientation purposes!  The present building was officially opened by the Minister for Education, Niamh Bhreathnach on February 27th 1997, almost 25 years to the day after it first came into being. Blackrock Education Centre was designed by Shay Cleary Architects. The design of the centre earned them a Royal Institute of Architects in Ireland award.  Built around a central courtyard, the Centre comprises a large entrance foyer, a conference room, a number of training rooms including an Information and Communications Technology (ICT) training facility, meeting rooms and other facilities. A feature of the courtyard is a replica of a monastic sundial from early Christian times. Local teachers and other local groups use the Centre for meetings, presentations and discussions.

Read more: About Blackrock Education Centre

Contact and Location

Office Hours

Centre open for evening events until 21:30.
Open Saturdays on request.
  • Monday - Friday

    08:30 am - 17:00 pm

  • Weekends

    Closed (Saturday on request)

Contact Us

Call: +353 1 236 5000

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Kill Avenue, Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin, Ireland.


Direct Line to Departments

  • BEC payments (Chris Murphy); Tel: +353 1 2365008
  • JCSP payments (Jill Byrne): Tel: +353 1 2365020
Local, Summer and  ICT Courses (Sandra Kinsella)
  • Tel: +353 1 2365005
NIPT (National Induction Programme for Teachers) (Clodagh McDermott)
  • ​Tel: +353 1 2365002
JCT Clusters (Clodagh McDermott)
  • +353 1 2365002
Junior Certificate School Programme (JCSP) 
  • Tel: +353 1 236 5021   Elaine Flynn
  • Tel: +353 1 236 5007   Dorota Ruszczak
  • Tel: +353 1 236 5020   Jill Byrne
  • Eithne Woods - Tel: +353 1 236 5023
  • Andreea Tabara -  Tel: +353 1 236 5023
  • Tel +353 1 2365000
TPN and Write a book Project (ADELA FERNANDEZ)
  • ​Tel: +353 1 2365024
  • Tel: + 353 1 2365012
  • Tel + 353 1 2365013

Our Location

Blackrock Education Centre

Kill Avenue, Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin, Ireland. EIRCODE: A96 EW01


  • Location

    Kill Avenue, Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin, Ireland. EIRCODE: A96 EW01
  • Transportation

    Local Buses and ample carparking available
  • Contact

    Office:  +353 1 236 5000
    Fax: +353 1 236 5050
    Mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 


  • Social

Partners and Links

  • PDST

  • tr2

  • jscp

  • ateci

  • wab

  • tpn

  • alfa

Read more: Contact and Location

Contact Us

Kill Avenue, Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin, Ireland.

TEL: +353 1 236 5000
EMAIL: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.