niptIn light of the current situation regarding Covid-19 and the fact that Blackrock Education Centre is currently unable to schedule the delivery of the Induction Workshop Programme (IWP), NIPT has informed us that the following workshops will be made available on a phased basis for NQTs to access online, beginning on Monday, May 11th 2020 with the Numeracy workshop which is sector-specific.


Zoom Webinars

zoomFollowing on from our second Zoom Webinar last Friday 1st May, for those of you who could not attend or would like to watch it again, please use this link to find the recording of the webinar: 

All information about these webinars and Zoom is available via

Teacher Wellbeing

  TeacherWellbeingIn this week's Wellness at Work Newsletter (Issue #7) you will find

    • Music to inspire, uplift and connect
    • Food to nourish your soul
    • Opportunities to move, rest and breathe in new and challenging ways
    • Invitations to share and connect with your PDST colleagues 
    • Books to lose or find yourself in
    • And much, much more...

Remember, you can find all previous editions of the Wellness at Work Newsletter on the PDST Teacher Wellbeing website.

Reflective conversations and Active Listening: Enhancing the Emotional Wellbeing of Educators

A five-week course online, hosted by Hugh Fitzmaurice and Máire Higginssound

Active listening is at the heart of our online conversations. We aim to nurture a reflective, non-judgemental space for educators where the art of listening is cultivated through three lenses; a structured conversation, insightful questions, and pause for reflection. In this space, silent reflection is of equal value to professional dialogue. Our core intention is to speak with each other as educators and cultivate a safe, non-judgmental space where all voices are heard. As professionals, our sharing in each encounter is kept in strict confidence within the space. 

Read more: Reflective conversations and Active Listening: Enhancing the Emotional Wellbeing of Educators

Sit-ins and Stillness on Saturdays: Drop-in Meditation


On behalf of the Blackrock Education Centre, you are invited to join Máire O’Higgins in a 30-minute drop in Sit in and Stillness on Saturdays meditation from 12pm. All you need is to find a chair and a quiet space at home for half an hour, where you won’t be disturbed. This is a time for you to be nourished. You can drop in once and drop in again the following week if you feel like doing so. Looking forward to meeting you all. This meditation experience is for beginners and experienced meditators.

Read more: Sit-ins and Stillness on Saturdays: Drop-in Meditation

Message from the Director

Dear Colleagues,

I hope this email finds you and all of your families safe and well.

In these unprecedented times, at Blackrock EC, we wish to support your work in your schools in any way we can.

We are currently exploring ways of bringing our courses to you online. Now, more than ever, our provision of local courses, specific to your local need, is of utmost importance to us. Therefore, we would ask that you please take a minute to complete the attached ‘Google Form’ to let us know in what ways you would like us to support your work.

Please follow the link below to complete this short form

It will take no more than a minute or two to tell us how we can support you. We will do our very best to help in any way we can.

Read more: Message from the Director

Nurture: The Bereavement Box

nurture ukWe are pleased to be able to inform you that NurtureUK have made their valuable resource for children who have been bereaved: ‘The Bereavement Box’ freely available to download from their website via the link below.

Designed originally by Dr Tina Rae for teachers and professionals, this booklet is accessible to parents and carers too.

We hope that you find this resource useful for children and adults alike.

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