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Primary Language Curriculum Mop-up Seminars & Drop in Clinics

Dear Principal,

West Cork Education Centre in consultation with Advisors from the Professional Development Service for Teachers (PDST) will offer the following professional support with regard to the implementation of the Primary Language Curriculum:

(a) A one day ‘mop-up’ seminar on Thursday 30th August from 9.15a.m – 3.15p.m in West Cork Education Centre, Dunmanway. This is available for teachers who may have missed out on the seminar in 2017-18 or for Newly Qualified Teachers being appointed to your school.

Please note there is no sub cover provided for this seminar

(b) A Drop-in clinic in West Cork Education Centre on Tuesday 28th August or Friday 31st August from 10.00 a.m. – 11.30a.m


Principals and /or teachers may attend this informal session to discuss any issues relating to the PLC programme


To book a place for (a) or (b) please……

Call West Cork Education Centre on 023-8856756 or email

Events for Week Ending 16th June 2018 (Wk 24)

Day Date Time Tutors Course Name Venue
Tues 12th 11.30-12.45pm WCEC WCEC Film Festival Cinemax, Bantry

Roots of Empathy Programme


Roots of Empathy is an internationaluniversalevidence-based, classroom programme that has shown dramatic effect in reducing aggression among school children while raising social/emotional competence and increasing empathy. Barnardos was chosen as the lead agency to deliver the programme in Ireland in 2011.

The programme has been delivered in a hundred and thirty primary schools around Ireland with a small number of schools in Cork and Waterford already participating. As a result of support from the Tomar Trust, Barnardos is now in a position to roll out the programme in West Cork & Waterford schools. They are currently developing a three year plan to involve schools in Cork and Waterford in the Roots of Empathy programme. Their aim is to have thirty classes running the R.O.E programme for September 2018/19 and then to build on that with another thirty each of the following two years.

A Roots of Empathy Co-ordinator has been appointed to this region and she is available to assist schools with this programme.

Training of instructors from participating schools will take place in September. Training consists of 3 days in September and 1 day in the Spring. Barnardos will cover the cost of training and materials but substitution cover will not be provided.

Please find below further information including an article from the In Touch Magazine and an information sheet.

Further information can also be found at

Four Places are available to West Cork Schools for the school year 2018/2019.

If you wish to express an interest in this programme, please call West Cork Education Centre on 023-8856756 on or before Friday June 22nd 2018. We will then ask the Roots of Empathy Co-ordinator to contact your school to offer you further information and to decide if this programme is suitable for your school at this time. Please note that it may not be possible to facilitate all interested schools this year.

West Cork Education Centre is delighted to work with Barnardos in bringing this programme to West Cork. We look forward to hearing from you.

ROE Info 3.4 MiB

ROE Article 1.1 MiB

The Health and Safety Authority has developed resources to give farm safety messages to Primary students in 30 minutes

The Health and Safety Authority has developed resources to give farm safety messages to Primary students in 30 minutes. These are available at under Teacher Supports and Resources.  These include a Farm Safety Presentation-primarya set of seven PowerPoint slides, specifically developed for use in all Primary classes. Teachers can use them with their whiteboards or print off to photocopy.  On the Farm videos showcase child safety on the  farm from the child’s own perspective. In addition to this, the HSA’s dedicated e-learning portal contains a short interactive course for Primary students called Keep Safe on the Farm (2 x 40 minute online lessons suitable for the whiteboard). A certificate can be downloaded for the class once complete.


Creative Clusters Initiative – The Arts

Dear Principal,

Creative Clusters is a pilot initiative of the Department of Education and Skills, led by and in partnership with the 21 full-time Teacher Education Centres (ATECI) and funded through the Schools Excellence Fund – Creative Clusters Initiative.

Creative Clusters is an important initiative of Creative Youth – A Plan to Enable the Creative Potential of Every Child and Young Person, which was published in December 2017 as part of the Creative Ireland Programme. The Creative Youth Plan aims to give every child practical access to tuition, experience and participation in art, music, drama and coding by 2022.

A Creative Cluster will typically consist of between three and five schools collaborating on the design, implementation, evaluation and dissemination of an innovative arts and creative learning project which supports them to address a common issue or challenge.

Each Creative Cluster will receive funding of €2,500 for one year to implement their project in the 2018-2019 school year. It is anticipated that all schools in the cluster will have a say in how the budget is allocated and spent to support the implement of the project

Paid substitution will be provided for the Regional Cluster Training event and two/three local cluster meetings.

Schools can apply as part of a cluster which may be an existing network of schools or a potential cluster.   Schools can apply individually and if successful, they will be placed in a cluster with other applicant schools. The local Teacher Education Centre will have a key role in identifying and supporting a Creative Cluster for their local area.

The Application Form and Guidelines can be accessed from

Applications should be sent to West Cork Education Centre on or before June 22nd 2018.

West Cork Education Centre will then inform the identified cluster in their area. Unsuccessful applicants will also be notified.

Thanking you for your consideration and wishing you every success with your application process.

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Cluster Application 72.5 KiB

Single School Application 72.7 KiB

Guidelines 440.9 KiB

Events for Week Ending 9th June 2018 (Wk 23)

Day Date Time Tutors Course Name Venue
Wed 6th 7.00-10.00pm Clare Downey National Parents Council (Primary) WCEC
Thurs 7th 10.00am-1.45pm Geraldine Carroll / Olga Brodescu Concern- Debating Fun Day (Primary) WCEC

Events for Week Ending 2nd June 2018 (Wk 22)

Day Date Time Tutors Course Name Venue
Wed 30th 5.30-7.30pm John Corcoran NIPT Droichead Cluster 3 (Primary) WCEC
Wed 30th 9.30-3.30pm PDST PDST Fundemental Movement Skills Parkway Hotel, Dunmanway

IMPORTANT Primary NQT Droichead Cluster Meeting 3 on 31st May has been cancelled

Events for Week Ending 26th May 2018 (Wk 21)

Day Date Time Tutors Course Name Venue
Mon 21st 4.30-6.30pm Dympna Daly NIPT Gaeilge (Primary) WCEC
Tues 22nd 6.00-8.00pm Liz Flatman Crafted Showcase WCEC
Tues 22nd 7.00-9.00pm WCEC Primary Debating Final WCEC

Events for Week Ending 19th May 2018 (Wk 20)

Day Date Time Tutors Course Name Venue
Mon 14th 4.30-6.30pm Mary O’Donovan Management Committee Meeting WCEC
Thurs 17th 9.30-3.30pm Fergal Lyon PDST Fundamental Movement Skills Parkway Hotel, Dunmanway
Thurs 17th 11.00-1.00pm Aine Kilbride NIPT Principal Information Session WCEC
Thurs 17th 6.00-8.00pm Fergal  lyons PDST PP PE Cluster  meeting WCEC
Fri 18th 9.30-3.30pm Fergal Lyons PDST Fundamental Movement Skills Parkway Hotel, Dunmanway
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