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Clare Education Centre Newsletter - Primary 18th October 2019

Clare Education Centre Newsletter - Primary

Newsletter - 18th October 2019

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€360,000 Awarded to Clare Education Centre and MIC to Enhance STEAM Learning in Schools throughout Ireland and Europe

Clare Education Centre in partnership with the Department of STEM Education at Mary Immaculate College (MIC) has been awarded a €360,000 grant from Erasmus+ to fund research in STEM Education.
Clare Education Centre in partnership with the Department of STEM Education at Mary Immaculate College (MIC) has been awarded a €360,000 grant from Erasmus+ to fund research in STEM Education. The funding provided will be used for the development of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) expertise primary schools in Ireland and throughout Europe.

Led by Clare Education Centre, this 3-year research project aims to ensure that all learners have access to high quality STEM education.  Clare Education Centre and the Department of STEM Education at MIC and will partner with organisations in four different countries and through the development of specialist STEM teachers, known as ‘STEM Champions’, children in schools in Ireland, Portugal, Croatia, Norway, and Greece will be given the opportunity to proactively engage in STEM learning.

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School and Kindergarten leaders from Luster in Western Norway 

Clare Visit from ten School and Kindergarten leaders from Luster in Western Norway 
Ten school and kindergarten leaders from Luster in western Norway enjoyed three days of job shadowing in Ennis and County Clare.  We had especially asked to see Early Years Education and we got lectures on both Literacy Lift Off and Aistear. When visiting the schools afterwards it was satisfying to see that what we had heard of theoretically looked very well also in practise. The lessons were well-structured, the pedagogical aims were clear, the teachers were focused and pedagogically confident in their work. The kids were happy and well behaved – also when they went in long rows through the corridors. We were impressed. We were also impressed by the many musical performances we were so lucky to see.

On such school visits you notice similarities and differences to your own school system. We bring back a view of Irish schools as good schools, that we have something to learn about the clear structure and their programs in Early Years Education, that they seem to use their teaching resources in a meaningful way, that the teachers are respected and well educated, that the principals are very knowledgeable about leading schools that they and Education Centre are very hospitable. A big thank you from Luster to you in Ennis and County Clare!


Aistear - Children and Young People’s Services Committe

Aistear - ​”Explore, Play, Learn” video - Children and Young People’s Services Committee
Please CLICK HERE for the updated Explore Play Learn videos which show practitioners how they can organise their own events which in order to promote learning in the home with their children. 

Dyslexia Workshops

Primary School Teacher Workshops
Two workshops will be hosted by an experienced primary school teacher, Catherine Mulvihill, who specialises in dyslexia and currently works with Dul Chun Cinn. (max. 14)
Session 1: Thursday 7th November 6.30 - 9.00pm - Introduction to Dyslexia
Session 2: Thursday 21st November 4.00 - 6.30pm - Interventions & Resources
Primary School Teachers REGISTER HERE

Primary School Children and Parents/Guardians Workshop
Dyslexia Workshop - Session 1: Primary School Children Session 2: Parents and Guardians
Session 1: Thursday 7th November  4.00 - 6.30pm - Primary School children with Dyslexia (max. 12 children)
Session 2: Thursday 21st November 7.00 - 8.30pm - Parents/ Guardians of children with Dyslexia 

Parents/Guardians REGISTER HERE

The workshops aims to:

  • Explain dyslexia – what it means and how it affects individuals
  • Present research, facts and a sample of structured interventions
  • Peer to peer learning – we will discover what our peers think of dyslexia and how they include these children in their classroom
  • Provide simple strategies which can be implemented easily in the classroom
  • Interactive, fun and accessible with the use of art and crafts and lots of games that can be used with all children 



CRAFTed - Clare Education Centre 
CRAFTed is the Design & Crafts Council of Ireland’s Primary School Visual Arts based educational programme. It promotes learning through creativity and innovation, placing professional craftspeople to work alongside teachers in primary schools.  Click here for all information.  

APPLY HERE before Wednesday, 13th November 2019.  4 places available, priority will be given to schools who have not participated in 'Crafted' in the last two years.  Places will be allocated on a 'first come, first served' basis.   



Something Fishy - Clare Education Centre
Clare Education Centre is inviting schools to participate in this year’s 'Something Fishy' programme, which is aimed at 5th and 6th classes in Primary school. This is a super programme which informs and educates pupils on fish, water, angling, and the environment and angling. The programme consists of lesson plans, a classroom visit from an Inland Fisheries Ireland Officer and a fieldtrip to a local river.  Click here for all information.  

APPLY HERE before Friday, 25th October 2019.  3 places available, priority will be given to schools who have not participated in 'Something Fishy' in the last two years.  Places will be allocated on a 'first come, first served' basis.  

Lexia Reading Skills Software Pilot Offer to Co. Clare Schools

Register Your Interest by Monday 28th October
See all details on attached document.
Following on from a similar project which recently ran with Co. Kerry schools, LexiaUK are partnering with Clare Education Centre to offer a free pilot of the Lexia reading skills program in your area.   Lexia software offers a highly personalised, reading skills solution for pupils of all abilities (age 4-adult).  Click here for product information.

The pilot includes full use of the software for 30 days and an enhanced level of training and support at no cost.  At the end of the pilot, each school will provide feedback through the completion of a short questionnaire.  If however, schools see the value of the program, they can purchase at a special rate which has been negotiated between Clare Education Centre and LexiaUK.  There is no obligation to purchase, however schools wishing to take part must adhere to the points set out below.
Training will take place on Thursday 14th Nov at Clare Education Centre (duration 3 hours).  You have an option of attending a morning or afternoon session.

Register now!  There are 30 places available to Co. Clare Schools.  After reading the commitments, please register your interest by clicking here.



Parents ONLY Workshop “FROM CHAOS TO CALM” - Saturday, 30th of November and Saturday, 7th of December (10am to 2pm)  COST:€50
Join waiting list!!  A parenting programme to empower parents.  Parents will learn how to: Use playful connection to strengthen their relationship with their child; Understand and manage big emotions, from temper tantrums to anxieties; How to respond to those feelings to bring about calm; Set limits without shaming and Put the joy back into parenting.  REGISTER HERE



MANUAL HANDLING - A morning and evening course offered, details below
EVENING COURSE - Wednesday, 6th November 2019 (Wednesday, 6th November 2019) COST: €50 - REGISTER HERE for the Wednesday evening course
This course is designed for people who wish to receive the theory and practical skills required for the correct manual handling process. The Safety, Health and Welfare at Work, (General Applications) Regulations 2007, outline the requirements that must be adhered to in relation to manual handling.  Manual Handling is a physical activity that takes place in every workplace.Manual Handling can be a potential workplace hazard when the characteristics of the load or working environment pose risk of injury to an employee.

FIRST AID RESPONDER (FAR) TRAINING COURSE - 11th, 18th and 25th of November 2019 (3 x Monday nights) (3.30pm to 9.30pm - sandwiches provided) COST: €230 
A comprehensive and practical three-day First Aid course which is designed to train personnel in the provision of First-Aid in the workplace.  Objectives: To educate, train, and assess participants in provision of First-Aid in the workplace. The course follows specific HSA modules.  Method: The course is highly interactive with each theory session being followed by demonstration, and practical tasks and an assessment.   REGISTER HERE


NEW Workshops/Seminars

A Community of Practice for Educators who teach and work with students who have Special Educational Needs.  It may also be of interest to educators with an interest in Digital Teaching Methodologies in the area of SEN.  Educators who are studying the area of SEN / Digital Technologies at third level are welcome to share their practice and expertise with the group. REGISTER HERE.


ASD TEACHERS SUPPORT GROUP - Monday, 11th November 2019 (4pm to 6pm)  COST: FREE
The aim of this session is to introduce a small group of teachers to one other who are wishing to learn and share ideas about working with children who have an Autism Spectrum Disorder.  I hope to create a supportive atmosphere where teachers can share ideas which they have learned through their own unique experiences in a variety of Special Educational settings.  Caroline will lead this group, and together with the other educators, decide on the topics that will be spoken about and worked on during the sessions.  Members will be able to discuss ideas, build on their own confidence in the area of SEN and meet others who are working in similar settings.  REGISTER HERE.

CONCUSSION WORKSHOP - Monday, 25th of November 2019 (5pm to 6.30pm)  COST: €15

As a member of school staff, understanding of concussion is critical in, firstly, identifying and managing a potential concussion safely and, secondly, helping students successfully recover from their injury upon their return to school. This is a great opportunity for teachers to improve their knowledge and skills around concussion safety, a topic of huge importance with regards to student health and wellbeing. Concussion is a mild traumatic brain injury that carries serious health risks, which are exacerbated by incorrect concussion management steps. In a student's typical day at school, a concussion can occur during PE, playing a school sports match, playing on the school yard, or even tripping and falling in the classroom. In what can be a chaotic time, knowing the appropriate management steps can make all the difference.  REGISTER HERE.  

ENRICHING ENGLISH - Wednesday, 13th November and Wednesday, 27th November 2019 (7pm to 9pm)  COST: €20
Enriching English is a programme that was developed by Julie Prendiville, a teacher from Kerry working in Kilkenny. Enriching English links reading, writing and oral language, leading to a greater degree of comprehension for the child. Minimal resources are required to implement this strategy, which is referred to as “tagging”. Enriching English allows children to develop independent thinking, self-assess and express opinions confidently in a fun and enjoyable way. The children focus on developing their abilities and potential as critical thinkers, teachers and authors. In the videos and tutoring provided within the course you will be given a structured ten week step by step guide on how to implement the strategies in the programme.  REGISTER HERE.

Workshops/Seminars Autumn 2019

NQTs can register for NIPT Workshops by clicking here and register for Cluster Meetings here.  


DISABILITY AWARENESS TRAINING COURSE - Tuesday 22nd October 2019 (4pm to 6pm)  COST: FREE
This Workshop is suitable for both Primary and Post Primary Teachers and SNAs.  REGISTER HERE.

In Service Programme for Primary Schools.  Killaloe Diocese New Primary School Curriculum & Veritas ‘Grow in Love’ series.  This In-Service is for all Sixth Class Teachers with special emphasis on Confirmation.
Please bring your 6th Class Manual to the In-service.

Tuesday, 22nd October 2019, 9.30am to 2.30pm, Obama Plaza - REGISTER HERE
Wednesday, 23rd October 2019, 9.30am to 2.30pm, Obama Plaza - REGISTER HERE

BREATHING SPACE COURSE IN WELL-BEING, SELF-CARE AND RENEWAL - 4th, 11th, 18th and 25th November (Monday evenings) (7pm to 9pm) - COST: €40
This Course is focused upon the teacher’s needs in terms of your physical, emotional and mental well-being, with a passionate belief that in any school community, the very essence and foundation of all teaching and learning begins with the educator.  So this course strives to bring care and attention to the teacher/school leader in order to create an improved and enjoyable work/life balance for you.  REGISTER HERE

SEMINAR FOR SPECIAL EDUCATION TEACHERS/COORDINATORS - Tuesday, 5th November 2019 (4pm to 6pm)  COST: €10

Dr Johanna Fitzgerald, Head of Educational Psychology, Inclusive & Special Education at Mary Immaculate College of Education will present a seminar on the role of Special Education Needs Coordinators for primary schools. Following this presentation, it is hoped to establish a forum for SET teachers in Clare with a view to meeting on a termly basis to discuss SEN policy updates, to network with colleagues and to engage in professional learning and development.  REGISTER HERE.  

THE FUNDAMENTALLY MOVING CLASSROOM - Monday, 11th November and Monday, 18th November 2019 (5pm to 7pm)  COST:  €10

This Workshop is suitable for Primary School teachers, SEN teachers and SNAs.  The FUNdamentally Moving Classroom-Moving with Purpose -A practical and active course focusing on extending participants' knowledge and understanding in the areas of sensorimotor development and physical literacy and how these can be addressed with pupils on a daily basisREGISTER HERE​​

TEACHING THE TIN-WHISTLE IN THE CLASSROOM - 12th & 19th November 2019 (4pm to 6pm)  COST: €10

Playing and listening to music can have huge benefits for children.  However, for many teachers, teaching the tin-whistle in the classroom can be daunting.  This course will:- take teachers from a complete beginner level to teaching simple tunes (airs, marches and polkas) in the classroom.  Explore listening and responding through the medium of traditional Irish music.  REGISTER HERE.  

NEXT INFANT SUPPORT GROUP - Tuesday, 12th November 2019 (4pm to 6pm) COST: FREE

The Infant Support Group provides a platform where teachers from around the county can come together, chat in a friendly, relaxed atmosphere. It facilitates the sharing of good practice so the standard of teaching and learning can develop and evolve successfully.  It also provides emotional support to those that attend, as it recognises the importance of mental health and wellbeing within a challenging and changing profession particularly in early year’s education.  If you have not previously registered please register by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  

SOCIAL MEDIA TRAINING FOR SCHOOLS - Wednesday, 13th November 2019 (6pm to 9pm)  COST:  €10
This workshop will be fully practical with lots of hands on experience using the recommended tools and apps.  This workshop is on in the Computer Room but participants can bring their own laptop/smartphone if they wish.  Please bring social media account access details for this workshop.  This Workshop will demonstrate how schools can harness the power of social media to communicate with parents and the local community.  REGISTER HERE​​

WINTER/CHRISTMAS ART -   Evening 2 - Winter Art - November 13th, 2019 and Evening 3 -  Advent and Christmas Art - November 20th, 2019 (4pm to 6pm)  COST: €10
Join this workshop for the remaining two evenings.  Practical tasks and lots of ideas to inspire you.  Christmas Art and Craft.  Lessons on: drawing; painting, fabric + fibre; clay and print.  REGISTER HERE

THE ENNEAGRAM, EMOTIONAL HEALTH AND RELATIONSHIPS - Thursday nights - 14th, 21st, 28th of November and 5th, 12th and 19th December 2019 (7pm to 9pm)  COST: €20

It is essential to have a good grounding in The Enneagram in order to do this course.  In essence, this course explores the elements that each personality type brings to relationships, how such elements mix, match or can be bones of contention and conflict.  REGISTER HERE.  

ART THERAPY WORKSHOP FOR SNAS - 14th November 2019 (6pm to 8pm)  COST: €10

This course is designed to support SNAs in their knowledge of how creative activities such as art can support a child with special educational needs.(SEN).  REGISTER HERE.  

THE RESILIENT LEADER - Monday, 18th November 2019 (2pm to 4pm)  COST: €10
This Seminar will be delivered by Shane Martin C.Psychol.,Ps.S.I.  Shane Martin is a psychologist dedicated to teaching the very best evidence-based psychology to help people protect their mental health and enhance the quality of their lives.  This Seminar is suitable for School Leaders.  Resilience is a key characteristic of high-performing leaders. We need to cultivate it within ourselves in order to advance and thrive. Resilient leaders help protect the energy of the people in their teams. They ‘bounce back’ from setbacks and misfortune and tap into their inner-strengths not only to cope but to rise above challenges.  REGISTER HERE.  

THE WORD STUDY APPROACH TO THE TEACHING AND LEARNING OF SPELLING - Wednesday, 20th November and Thursday, 21st of November 2019 (two consecutive evenings) (5pm to 7pm)   COST: €10

These two workshops, which will include hands on practical activities, will familiarise participants with the latest research-based approaches to the teaching, learning and assessment of spelling. The content of the workshops will be relevant to teachers working at every level in primary school (including Gaelscoileanna) as well as support teachers in Secondary School.  The workshops will include diagnostic analysis of student free writing samples and strategies will be recommended to address identified needs.  REGISTER HERE.

TALK BOOST KEY STAGE 1 TRAINING - Tuesday, 26th November 2019 (9.30am to 3.30pm)  COST: €20

Talk Boost Key Stage 1 is a targeted evidence based intervention to improve the language and communication skills of 4-7 year olds. It consists of three 30-40 min sessions a week, delivered over 10 weeks by a SET. It ‘s designed to be run in groups of 4 children whose language skills are below average for their age and need a “boost” to narrow the gap.  REGISTER HERE​

CLIL: EOLAÍOCHT TRÍ GHAEILGE - Thursday 28th November 2019 (4.15pm to 6.15pm)  COST: FREE

Content and Language Integrated Learning (CLIL) is an approach involving teaching content through a second or foreign language. CLIL provides for more exposure to the target language through communicative opportunities and learning through context. This introductory workshop explores the key concepts of CLIL and provides examples of how to establish mini-CLIL moments through an integration of the primary Irish language and science curricula.  REGISTER HERE​​


Gordon Woolard returns to Clare Education Centre to engage participants in Four Stand-Alone One-Day interactive workshops. Teachers consistently rate Gordon’s workshops as essential to their understanding of why a child struggles at school and on how to develop a child’s capacity for learning.
Workshop Two - Floor and Table-Top Methods - Friday, 6th December 2019 (9.30am to 3.30pm) REGISTER HERE
Workshop Three - Fractions with Floor Layouts - Friday, 24th January 2020 (9.30am to 3.30pm) REGISTER HERE 
Workshop Four - Solving Algebra Riddles - Friday, 13th March 2020 (9.30am to 3.30pm) REGISTER HERE 

PRESENTATION AND FACILITATION SKILLS - Monday, 2nd December and Monday, 16th December 2019 (4pm to 7pm)  COST: €20

This course is aimed at teachers and school leaders who wish to develop their presentation and facilitation skills for presenting and facilitating seminars, workshops, meetings etc.  It will be very useful to all tutors or to anybody interested in becoming a course tutor.  REGISTER HERE.  

LÁMH - SIGN LANGUAGE COURSE (ONE DAY COURSE) - Saturday, 8th February 2020 (9.30am to 4pm)  COST: €60

Course Overview: This course is for staff members and professionals who have started to work in an environment where Lámh is used and covers 100 Lámh signs and how to support a Lámh user.
Qualifications Required:  No previous Lámh training required.  REGISTER HERE.

LÁMH - MODULE ONE ADD-ON WORKSHOP FOR COMMUNICATION PARTNERS OF CHILDREN USING LÁMH - Thursday, 23rd January and Thursday, 30th January 2020 (6.30pm to 8.30pm)  COST: €60
Course Overview:
Communication partners of children who use Lámh and who have completed Module One can attend this practical workshop that looks at encouraging Lámh use as well as adding to their Lámh sign vocabulary.
Qualifications Required: Module One Lámh Certificate.  REGISTER HERE

SCRATCH - 30th January 2019 (4pm to 6pm)  COST: €10

Coding is the new literacy! With ScratchJr, young children (ages 5-7) can program their own interactive stories and games. In the process, they learn to solve problems, design projects, and express themselves creatively on the computer.  Scratch: With Scratch, (8yrs+) you can program your own interactive stories, games, and animations — and share your creations with others in the online community.Scratch helps young people learn to think creatively, reason systematically, and work collaboratively — essential skills for life in the 21st century.  REGISTER HERE


Clare Education Centre Services

Car Parking at Clare Education Centre
Dear Course Participants, Please note that there are plenty of car parking spaces at the rear of the building.  

iPads, Lego and Bee-Bots Loan
Please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you wish to borrow any of the below.  
- iPad loan service
- Lego and Bee-Bots loan service
- IZAK9 boxes

ILSA Library
Resources are also available free of charge to all ILSA members and to staff members from ILSA members' schools. 

Wild Teaching: Cross-curricular lessons outdoors for agoraphobic teachers
A copy of 'Wild Teaching: Cross-curricular lessons outdoors for agoraphobic teachers' by Paul O'Donnell will be provided to each School in the County with the compliments of Clare County Council Heritage Officer.  Please pick up your copy at the Clare Education Centre.  

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