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School Excellence Fund - Digital

Are you aware of the “School Excellence Fund – Digital”?

The purpose of the “School Excellence Fund – Digital” is to demonstrate the innovative use of digital technologies in teaching, learning and assessment, through clusters of schools collaborating on specific projects.

A cluster is defined as a collection of schools that collaborate in the design, delivery, evaluation and dissemination of the outcomes of these innovative projects.

For more see:

The Education Centre encourages schools to set up clusters and to apply for the fund. 

The Closing date for the “School Excellence Fund – Digital” has now been extended to 02 February 2018


There is up to 30K per project and sub cover to provide co-ordination time.  The project has a 3 year span.

The Education Centre can be included as a local partner to both individual schools and to schools forming clusters.   We can offer support and showcase projects.

Please contact Máire Vieux on 066 7195003 or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Scríobh Leabhar 2018

Tionscnamh – Scríobh Leabhar as Gaeilge

Tugtar cuireadh duit a bheith páirteach sa tionscnamh


atá á reáchtáil ag Foras na Gaeilge i gcomhpháirt

le hIonad Oideachais Thrá Lí.

Is í aidhm na scéime seo ná páistí a spreagadh

chun tabhairt faoi leabhair Ghaeilge a scríobh.


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Team Teaching for Literacy - PDST The Education Centre Tralee


Date  11th January 2018

Team-Teaching for Literacy; The Next Steps

Dates: 24th January, 29th January, 8th February 2018

Time: 9.30-3:30

Venue: The Education Centre Tralee

Dear Principal,   

The Professional Development Service for Teachers (PDST) in conjunction with The Education Centre invites you to nominate a Special Educational Needs teacher and one other teacher (maximum) from your school to attend a one day seminar.

This seminar will explore how team-teaching can be used to meet the literacy needs of pupils in the mainstream classroom. Key components of the seminar content will include; inclusion, identifying pupil priority learning needs, models of team teaching and literacy strategies.

Please note the following;

  • The content of this seminar is a development of previous Team-Teaching for Literacy seminars.
  • This seminar will be delivered by PDST Associates who are practising teachers with expertise in this area.
  • Please note that there is substitute cover available for the day.
  • Lunch will be provided.

We would appreciate your bringing this to the attention of your staff.

Teachers who wish to attend should apply through the PDST online booking system at The system will allow no more than two teacher registrations from each school.

Yours sincerely,

Ciara O’ Donnell                                                                                     Caitríona Ní Chullota             

Director PDST                                                                                          Ed Centre Director

Free Chinese class for Irish Teachers 2018

Free Chinese class for Irish Teachers 2018

On Monday 4th December the Minister for Education and Skills, Richard Bruton, T.D. launched the government’s Strategy for Foreign Languages in Education 2017-2026. He has announced that Chinese will be introduced as a Leaving Certificate subject in 2020, and will officially entre Leaving Certificate Exam 2022 as an important action of the Implementation Plan 2017-2022. 

This will start a new era and drastically change the landscape of Chinese teaching in Ireland. Following our successful development of the Teaching Pack on Chinese Culture and Language for Transition Year in 2012, the UCD Confucius Institute for Ireland and the Irish Institute for Chinese Studies at UCD have started offering the Professional Diploma and Masters in Teaching Chinese Language and Culture for school teachers since 2014. We are currently working on composing a Teaching Pack on Chinese Language and Culture for the Short Course in Chinese, which will be an online interactive teaching and learning platform facilitating the school based learning and assessment programme in Chinese for Junior Circle. All these efforts are laying the path for Leaving Cert Chinese in the near future.

Also, it is our pleasure to inform you that the UCD Confucius Institute for Ireland (CII) will run another round of free Chinese language class at the beginner level to Irish school teachers which will start from early January 2018. Please find detailed information below for the class and also forward the information to those school teachers who might be interested in the course.

This course is designed for:

·       Teachers who may be interested in the Professional Diploma in Teaching Chinese Language and Culture (HSK 2 required) run by the Irish Institute for Chinese Studies at UCD and supported by CII (for more details please visit our website at  <>, but have no previous learning experience of Chinese.

·       Teachers who are interested in tasting the language but have no previous learning experience of Chinese.

Upon completion of the course, students should be able to:

·       Handle a variety of communicative topics, such as self-introduction, family, hobby, weather, food, shopping, date & time, numbers, daily routine, etc.;

·       Start building up language capacity to teach simple and basic Chinese words or phrases to pupils;

·       Lay a solid foundation for further study of Chinese language.


Class will run from early January 2018 to late March 2018, 1.5 hours per week, for 10 weeks.

School holiday calendar will be followed.

        Class on Tuesdays       Class on Wednesdays     Class on Thursdays    

January 9th 16th 23rd 30th      10th 17th 24th 31st     11th 18th 25th

February        6th 20th 27th   7th 21st 28th   1st 8th 22nd  

March   6th 13th 20th   7th 14th 21st   1st 8th 15th 22nd      


·       University College Dublin, Belfield, Dublin 4

·       Galway Education Centre, Cluain Mhuire, Monivea Road, Well Park, Galway

·       Online class via Google Hangout

Course Fees

FREE (from 9/10/11 January to 20/21/22 March, for 10 weeks, 15 hours)

To secure your place, please visit the link to complete registration:


If you wish to continue the class after the first term, there will be a second term after Easter Holiday, from April to June 2018, for 10 weeks.

We will continue to work with you to promote Chinese language and culture in Ireland. Please do not hesitate to contact us at  <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.> This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. should you have any queries or require any further information about our programmes.

Kind regards,


Professor Liming Wang

Director of the UCD Confucius Institute for Ireland and

Irish Institute for Chinese Studies at UCD

Education Centre CPD Surveys for PP Principals/DPs and PP Teachers

To: Principals, Deputy Principals and Teachers in Post-Primary Schools


National Survey:

Planning a programme of professional development in post-primary schools in response to identified needs


The Network of Education Centres (ATECI), The Assoc. of Secondary Teachers in Ireland (ASTI) and the Teachers’ Union of Ireland (TUI)


Surveys will close on Wednesday 31st January 2018.


Dear Colleagues,


We would be most grateful if you would complete this questionnaire by clicking on the links below.

The questionnaire aims to assist Education Centres to plan its programme of professional development for post-primary teachers.

Continuous Professional Development (CPD) refers to all learning activities undertaken by teachers.

The partners in this project to ascertain teachers’ professional development needs include the Education Centre Network (ATECI), the ASTI and the TUI

All information that is collected in this survey will be treated confidentially. Please note that all responses are confidential. The Education Centre Network will collate the findings from these questionnaires and will use the aggregated data to inform its programme of planned CPD. 

Aggregated survey data will be shared among the project partners (ATECI, TUI and ASTI). Individual responses will not be shared.

You are guaranteed that neither you, your school nor any of its personnel will be identified in any report of the results of the survey. [Participation in this survey is voluntary and any individual may withdraw at any time.] 


We hope that you will take the time to complete this questionnaire and to assist us with this project. First survey is for Principals / Deputy Principals and the second survey is for all other teaching staff.

Surveys will close on Wednesday 31st January 2018.

Thanking you for your support and wishing you every success in 2018.