Primary Language Curriculum / Curaclam Teanga na Bunscoile (PLC/CTB)


Whole-school professional development will be provided by the PDST again during the school year 2019-2020.  This will comprise a full day seminar for which school closures have been sanctioned.

The purpose of this full day professional development will be to collaboratively explore the implementation of the full Primary Language Curriculum / Curaclam Teanga na Bunscoile from junior infants to sixth class.

For further information please click here.

Summer Courses 2019 - Update!

NQT Workshops for 2019/20 are Now Open for Booking

It is a Teaching Council registration requirement for all NQTs who have completed their initial teacher education since July 2012 to participate in the NIPT Workshop or Droichead Programme. NQTs have three years from their initial date of registration with the Teaching Council to complete the NIPT workshop programme. 
Blackrock Education Centre’s NIPT NQT workshop series will commence September 3th 2019.
Further information


Droichead (bridge in Irish) is the enhanced model of induction for Newly Qualified Teachers (NQTs). This will be the recognised route of induction for all new teachers from September 2018, subject to the required resources and supporting actions being in place.
Droichead has been designed in collaboration with the profession to reflect the importance of induction for new teachers as they are formally welcomed into the most important profession in society. It is grounded in the belief that those best placed to conduct this formal welcome are experienced colleagues who have relevant and in-depth knowledge of teaching and learning in their respective schools. 

From September 2019

PRIMARY 2019/2020 Droichead the route of induction for NQTs in SEN settings and in all primary schools with administrative principals.

POST PRIMARY 2019/2020 Droichead the route of induction for NQTs in SEN settings and in post-primary schools with 200 or more students

NQTs who are engaging in the Droichead process must attend one 2-hour cluster meeting per term for the duration of their Droichead process. All NQTs engaging in the Droichead process must attend Cluster Meeting 1 before attending Cluster 2 and 3.

The duration of each Individuals Droichead process is determined by their Professional Support team in their school.

Droichead Numbers: To date, in this academic year, 1580 Primary NQTs from 724 schools, 1194 Post- Primary NQTs from 443 schools have had their Droichead applications accepted.   Deferral Form: A Droichead Cluster Meeting Deferral Form should be used by NQTs who have failed to attend a cluster meeting in any term for any exceptional circumstance during their Droichead process. This form and further information is available on the NIPT website   Form D: The closing date for receipt of Form D is Thursday, 20th June 2019 for Post-Primary NQTs and Tuesday 16th July 2019 for Primary NQTs.

NQT’s working in a Droichead school wishing to participate in the Droichead Process must register to do so after 01st September through the Teaching Council and complete the DR1 form.

The Droichead Process can only commence when the NQT receives the confirmation e-mail from the teaching Council and advises the PST (Professional Support Team) associated with their school. 

Further Information:

Farm Safety Resources for Primary Schools

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.

Online Summer Courses

summerlaptopOrganised and administered by Mayo Education Centre, there are nineteen online course on offer available from July 1st to August 23rd 2019.  For further information and bookings please click this link.


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