Webinars

Sign up is via the specified Education Centre website. This page will be updated as new webinars are scheduled. 

Upcoming Webinars:

June 11th 2024: Preparing Children With SEN for the Transition to Post Primary School

Starting post primary school is a huge transition for our 6th class students, and while it is exciting, it can also be the source of much anxiety for students, especially those with special educational needs. Students need to be adequately prepared and supported to ensure a smooth and successful transition. For children with complex SEN, the NCSE recommends that planning for the transition to post primary should start when the child is in 4th or 5th Class.

This webinar will outline the steps that class and SET teachers should take in preparing students for the transition to post primary school. It will give a brief overview of the changes that have taken place at post primary level in recent years (and that primary teachers need to know about in order to prepare their students), suggest practical steps to make sure their students know what to expect and have the skills they will need, give an overview of how information is passed on to the PP school, and hi-light resources and guidance that are available to help.

Target audience: SET, special class, and mainstream class teachers of pupils with SEN who are in 4th, 5th and 6th class.

Registration via Dublin West Education Centre. 

August 28th 2024 5pm: An Introduction to Recorded Preparation (Written Planning) for Primary School Teachers in all Settings 

A large amount of information on teacher planning has been provided from various sources, including the National Induction Programme for Teachers (NIPT), in recent years. Guidance on preparation for teaching and learning was also published by the Department of Education in 2021, however this useful document went under the radar for many due to its publication during the COVID pandemic.

The abundance of information has left many teachers confused about exactly what written planning they need to do when teaching in various settings (Mainstream, SET, EAL, Special Class/ School).

The aim of this webinar is to give Irish primary school teachers and school leaders a broad overview of what written preparation they are required to do, what sections need to be included (and which can be omitted), and what tools and methods can be used to make the process as efficient and practical as possible.

Sample long and short-term plans will be shown and free blank templates will be provided to course participants.

Registration via Sligo Education Centre here. 

September 10th 2024 7pm: An Introduction to Recorded Preparation (Written Planning) for Primary School Teachers in all Settings 

Registration via West Cork Education Centre here. 

September 12th 2024: Preparing Children With SEN for the Transition to Post Primary School

See description above. 

Registration via Dublin West Education Centre will open in Autumn 2024

September 18th 2024: Writing Effective Social Stories and Social Narratives for Autistic Children 

Social Stories were first developed by Carol Gray, and are an extremely effective, and evidence based strategy for teaching autistic learners, and those with other social communication disorders, about what to expect, and what is expected, in a wide range of situations. ‘Social narrative’ is an umbrella term that includes Social Stories as well as other simple stories that visually represent social situations and behaviours for autistic learners.

In this short webinar, participants will learn what a Social Story/ narrative is, what they can be used for, their essential features, and how to write effective Social Stories/ narratives for the children that they work with.

This webinar is suitable for primary and post-primary teachers, SNAs and parents who wish to learn the basics of Social Story/ narrative writing.

Participants will receive free, sample social stories which they can edit for their own students.

Registration via Dublin West Education Centre will open in Autumn 2024

October 9th 2024: Writing Effective Social Stories and Social Narratives for Autistic Children 

Registration via Sligo Education Centre will open in Autumn 2024

January 25th 2025: Writing Effective Social Stories and Social Narratives for Autistic Children 

Registration via Carlow Education Centre will open in Autumn 2024

January 28th 2025 7pm: Preparing Children With SEN for the Transition to Post Primary School

Registration via West Cork Education Centre will open in Autumn 2024

March 25th 2025, 7pm: Writing Effective Social Stories and Social Narratives for Autistic Children 

Registration via West Cork Education Centre will open in Autumn 2024

Previous Webinars:

May 30th 2024: Preparing Children With SEN for the Transition to Post Primary School

Registration via Limerick Education Centre here. 

March 6th 2024: Preparing Children With SEN for the Transition to Post Primary School

Registration via www.ecsligo.ie

March 4th 2024: Teaching About Climate Change in the Irish Primary School

‘Human-induced climate change is the largest, most pervasive threat to the natural environment and societies the world has ever experienced’ – Ian Fry, the UN Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of human rights.

The education system has a huge role to play in climate education, and sustainability needs “to be at the heart of education” as per the government’s 2nd National Strategy on Education for Sustainable Development which was launched in 2022.

This short webinar aims to give educators a starting point from which they can begin teaching about climate change. It will give an overview of the following: climate facts, national policy on climate education, curriculum links, practical actions schools and individuals can take, climate anxiety, and where to access further information, training and resources for schools.

Registration via Dublin West Education Centre

January 16th 2024: Writing Effective Social Stories and Social Narratives for Autistic Children

Registration via Dublin West Education Centre

January 10th 2024: Teacher Social Media Accounts: How to Benefit Professionally While Avoiding Risks

Social media is a fantastic tool for allowing teachers to connect and much helpful CPD, information, advice and support is now shared in this way. The online space also affords massive opportunities for teachers to share resources and even to earn some extra income. But because this is a relatively new phenomenon, there is still uncertainty about what is (and what is not) okay to share online, and teachers can leave themselves open to serious issues if they are not extremely careful and aware of legislation and guidelines in this area.

This webinar will outline the huge benefits of social media use for teachers, while making teachers aware of the potential pitfalls so that they are not putting themselves or their career at risk. It will give specific examples of practices that should be avoided when sharing teaching content online, as well as advice for teachers who are interested in selling some of their own resources.

Registration via Sligo Education Centre website

October 16th 2023: Writing Effective Social Stories and Social Narratives for Autistic Children

Registration via Sligo Education Centre 

September 27th 2023: Writing Effective Social Stories and Social Narratives for Autistic Children

Registration via Dublin West Education Centre