Message from our Director

Covid logoDear Colleagues, 

The Department’s Wellbeing Office has updated the Guidance for Schools on supporting the wellbeing of school communities as schools reopen.  This is attached here for your information and is also published at https://www.gov.ie/en/publication/52642-supporting-the-wellbeing-of-school-communities-as-schools-reopen-guidance-for-schools/ . 

In addition, a shorter document outlining a summary of the resources that are being made available to support wellbeing at this time is also attached. 

The Gaeilge versions of both of these documents are being finalised and will be available shortly. 

The Department has worked closely with its broad range of support services and agencies, and with the HSE/HSE-funded services and the Tusla Education Support Service to create an aligned and coherent package of supports and resources to assist schools in this regard.

We have been asked to share these with you and hope that you find them helpful.

Kind regards,

Dr Susan Gibney

 Stay safe. Protect each other. 

Izak9: Two workshops using IZAK9 to problem solve

Izak9Izak9's use nurtures effective delivery of the skills of the maths curriculum for teachers. Problem solving, reasoning, integrating and connecting opportunities permeate naturally in a shared learning environment much loved by children.

This series of two workshops is suitable for current users as well as those considering introducing Izak9 to their school.  It is also open to both primary and post-primary teachers.

Read more: Izak9: Two workshops using IZAK9 to problem solve

Zoomergisers - How to Keep Everyone Engaged and Energised during Online Classes/Sessions (17/9/20)

This online hands-on and interactive session will take participants through a series of fun and engaging activity based energisers that require no prior set up. They are quick activities that can be used as and when needed during online sessions with students and staff. They are useful when participants need energising and a bit of a fun perk up to help to support concentration and engagement.

Read more: Zoomergisers - How to Keep Everyone Engaged and Energised during Online Classes/Sessions (17/9/20)

Nurture Principles into Practice A Whole School Approach (21/9/20)

SixPrinciplesThis one-hour webinar will consider the six nurture principles:

    • • Children’s learning is understood developmentally
    • • The classroom offers a safe base
    • • The importance of nurture for the development of wellbeing
    • • Language is a vital means of communication
    • • All behaviour is communication
    • • The importance of transition in children’s lives

It will take attendees through each principle and provide an audit tool for educational settings looking to develop a whole school approach to nurture based upon the six principles. After the event attendees will receive; • PDF of the webinar script including a Covid-19 focus with references; and • Audit tool. During the session, the host will share their screen and audio. Attendees are view-only participants. They can interact with the host through chat. The host reserves the rights to hold the recording and audio footage.

  • Monday 21st September, from 7 to 8pm
  • Registration fee: €5
  • For bookings please click here

The Middle Leader – a Key Member of the School Community (22/9/20)

Online webinars with Harry Freeman

These series of webinars will take place on 22nd, 29th of September, with the final session on 6th October, from 7pm - 9.30pm.

The course which will be run over three evening sessions (each of 2.5 hours duration) will address the following themes:

  • Defining Middle Leadership
  • Models of Leadership and their application
  • Leading change
  • Establishing and creating a vision for the role of middle leader
  • Leading teams
  • Planning 
  • Motivating 
  • Managing meetings
  • Managing Workload
  • Managing conflict
  • Preparing for Interviews

The course will have a practical focus and will provide opportunities for participants to engage in discussion and share good practice.

Registration fee: €30

For bookings please click here.

HFreemanEC

 

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