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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.
viking chessThis three session course, facilitated by April Cronin, runs on Mondays in November (12th, 19th and 26th) from five to seven thirty.

Session 1: • The basics of chess: how to move the pieces, check and checkmate. • How to teach the basics to young children. Mini-games, based on chess, that can be used easily in the classroom to enhance numeracy. • How to set up your chess club and run competitions in various formats. Sourcing of equipment,
Session 2: • More advanced rules of the game: castling, stalemate, other drawn games, pawn promotion, en passant captures. • Simple chess tactics and strategies for children. How to help children develop beyond moving the pieces randomly! • The most common checkmating patterns.
Session 3: • Further chess tactics and strategies. • How to integrate chess into the primary curriculum.

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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.

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. 


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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