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50th Anniversary of CESC

Cork Education Support Centre is proudly celebrating our 50th anniversary this year alongside the ESCI network of Education Support Centres.

50 years of working closely with many organisations and stakeholders to support the needs of our school communities.

Caoga Bliain ag Fás!



Thank you to everyone who joined us on the evening of October 23rd as we celebrated our 50th anniversary. It was a wonderful occasion sharing the history of CESC and how the last 50 years have shaped our centre into what it is today. It was great to see so many friends & colleagues on the evening.






Oide Supports for the Primary Mathematics Curriculum

School and curriculum leaders’ seminar (September – October 2023):

This full-day face-to-face seminar will introduce all primary and special school leaders, along with a nominated curriculum leader per school, to the Primary Mathematics Curriculum and will provide an overview of the CPD supports available.

This seminar will be facilitated by a professional learning leader from Oide in the case of primary schools, or by the NCSE in the case of special schools.

Leaders Seminars for the new PMC are LIVE!


How to book: 

Go to, ‘Apply/Book now’-‘Teachers’- ‘Event Booking’

Login to your account.

Click on ‘Oide Events (Courses)’

Find the seminar under Keyword ‘PMC’ or ‘CMB’ for seminars as Gaeilge.

Notice: Cluster Meeting 1 - NQTs

Registration for specific Cluster Meeting 1 dates and times for Newly Qualified Teachers (NQTs) is now available.

Droichead Cluster Meetings are listed in our Courses tab above.

See also the NQT tab above for further information.


Cuirfear tús le reáchtáil Chnuaschruinniú 1 an tseachtain dar tús an 2 Deireadh Fómhair * de réir Fhéilire Chnuaschruinnithe Droichead 2023.2024 (anseo).     

Cluster Meeting 1 events will commence week beginning October 2nd in line with the Droichead Cluster Meeting Calendar 2023.2024 (here). 


How to book your place:

Step 1: Complete Teaching Council registration

Step 2: Complete OIDE Droichead Registration 

Step 3: Register an account on 

Step 4: Login to your CESC account and book your place in a Cluster Meeting via the Courses tab.


NEPS Introducing a Trauma Informed Approach - The Stress Factor, Getting the Balance Right

NEPS are delighted to invite you and all your staff to complete our new free eLearning training course on  Introducing a Trauma Informed Approach - The Stress Factor, Getting the Balance Right


This training course focuses on stress and its impact on learning, behaviour and wellbeing. Familiar and new approaches based on research and the experience of NEPS psychologists are used to guide thinking, planning and action. The training aims to support school staff to build resilience for all including children and young people with additional needs and those affected by trauma and adversity.


·         It has been designed for all staff and promotes a whole school approach to trauma informed practice.


·         The format has been developed to allow for self-directed, self-paced learning. Schools may also choose to undertake the training together through blending the e-learning modules with follow up in-school reflection and action planning sessions.


·         The course consists of 7 short modules, each comprising video presentation, and downloadable reflection activities and information handouts. The online course can be completed in approximately 2 - 2 ½ hours.


Following completion of the course we hope you and your staff:

·         Use the resource called ‘Walk Through’ Model, to highlight strengths, needs and actions for your class/school.

·         Discuss with colleagues how best to embed the learning in this training in classes and in the school community.

·         Access further advice/support around embedding the learning through the school’s assigned psychologist, if required.



Register here: Wellbeing - Introducing a Trauma Informed Approach: The Stress Factor – Getting the Balance Right - NEPS ( 

Call-Out for Artists / Creative Practitioners for the Teacher-Artist Partnership+ CPD Programme

Announcing a wonderful opportunity for Artists (all art forms/creative practises) / Creative Practitioners to broaden their practice, receive training and project fees, develop creative partnerships with teachers, and transform the lives of children in every County in Ireland



is a Creative Ireland, Department of Education led and approved Summer Course offering:



-       Open to artists / creative practitioners, working in any art form / creative practise, who are committed to sharing their practice with children and teachers in a modern primary school environment

-       Specialist, week-long training (3rd – 7th July 2023 based in Gaelscoil Uí Ríordáin to prepare the artist / creative practitioner for the unique requirements of working harmoniously in partnership with a teacher within the modern Irish classroom

-       A training allowance of €150 per day over the initial 5-day training/induction week (€750 in total), plus travel with daily lunch provided.

-       Brokerage and development of partnerships with creative teachers, in schools committed to contemporary arts learning, practice and creativity.

-       Guarantee of a paid, follow up in-school-residency within a local primary school (€1,100 Fee total inclusive of €200 Travel) to carry out a 20-hour project (14 contact hours plus 6 hours planning, preparation and evaluation) in partnership with your teacher partner throughout the 2023/2024 academic year

-       Artists / Creative Practitioners are required to complete at least one or two TAP+ in-school Residencies following participation on the TAP+ Summer Course.

-       As you will be a TAP+ trained artist/creative practitioner, you will also be eligible to participate in the forthcoming 2023/2024 BLAST in-school residencies. If you are available, we would be obliged if you could complete at least one or two BLAST in-school Residencies. Please use the following link for more information on the BLAST initiative: BLAST Information

-       Information, learning and networking opportunities for further freelance work within the education system.

Artists / Creative Practitioners must

·       have a track record of a minimum of three years’ professional practice in any art form / creative practise

·       demonstrate an interest in / commitment to: the principles of Arts and Creativity in Education and to enhancing the lives of children through arts/creative practice

·       be willing to learn about modern classroom culture and to work in equal partnership with teachers

·       Combine a sense of fun, joy and collaboration with professional dedication and high artistic/creative vision

·       Be willing to undertake child protection training as part of the induction week, and undergo standard Garda vetting before taking up project placements.

Artists / Creative Practitioners can apply to be part of the scheme via expressions of interest along with an application. These should be sent to the Director of your local Education Support Centre: no later than 5pm on Friday 23rd June 2023.

Expressions of interest should be in the form of a letter of max 600 words, accompanied by a CV or short Bio with links to images or samples of relevant work.

  The letter should set out:

1.           Where you trained

2.           A very brief description of your practice

3.           Why you might wish to work in partnership with a teacher and with children in a school setting

4.           What you think qualifies you to take up this opportunity

Places on this national Creative Ireland CPD initiative are limited to four Artists / Creative Practitioners per full-time Education Support Centre area. Final decision on offers of places will be taken by the Director of the local Education Support Centre in collaboration with the Local Authority Arts Office. Any queries in relation to the Teacher Artist Partnership+ CPD Summer Course should be directed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.