Mental Health eLearning Programme for Teachers

Jigsaw, in collaboration with ESCI Education Support Centres Ireland, has developed a number of interactive online training courses for teachers.

This unique training, based on the latest research, was developed in collaboration with young people, teachers and schools. The courses are self-directed, and provides ongoing opportunities for reflection. Once you sign up using an email address, log in and complete the courses at a time and pace that suits you.

You can access our online courses here.

:Every teacher should avail of this free course. It provides participants with a clear understanding of mental health and the crucial impact that school life can have on the mental health and wellbeing of young people." - Daragh McDaid, Director, Sligo Education Centre, on behalf of ESCI, Education Support Centres Ireland


What do I do next?

The Mental Health eLearning Programme for Teachers, proudly endorsed by ESCI – Education Support Centres Ireland.

This 2 hour online training course introduces teachers to youth mental health. This course has a specific focus on the school environment and is suitable for all second level teachers.

Mental health Programme for Teachers graphicThe aims of this course are:

  • To build the mental health literacy and skills of teachers
  • To encourage teachers to think about their role in promoting youth mental health
  • To support teachers with ideas for whole school mental health promotion.

Finishing this teachers will receive a certificate of completion and be able to access a Junior and Senior Cycle classroom based workshop presentations with interactive resources.

>> To access these courses, please click here and sign up to Jigsaw's eLearning portal for those who work or volunteer with young people.

"It was realistic. The course designers/writers know schools, students and teachers, this is very evident and this is why the course is really effective." - Teacher participant in pilot test of programme

Self-care for teachers

This 45 minute online course will introduce teachers to the concept of self-care. It covers the importance of self-care in the life of a teacher, and ways to ensure it is a part of their teaching. You will receive a certificate of completion once you finish the course.

Participants will:Self-care for Teachers poster

  • Have a greater understanding of what self-care is
  • Have a greater understanding of the importance of self-care in their role as a teacher
  • Explore the challenges to supporting self-care practice
  • Be more aware of their own self-care needs
  • Be able to develop their own self-care plan.

>> For those who work or volunteer with young people, access these courses below 

Sign up to Jigsaw's eLearning portal

Midday Moment

In this uncertain time, teachers have continued to be a constant support in the lives of their students despite the obstacles that COVID-19 has put in their way.

It is not surprising that teachers have risen to the challenge and found innovative ways to continue to educate their students and support their colleagues.

Social media is full of posts from teachers and support services who are sharing their knowledge and resources to support other educators.

This situation brings with it an increased work-load and extra worry and stress. It is important that teachers take time to look after themselves through this and to set limits on their workload.

The Education Centre Network ESCI (@ESCItweets) would like to continue to support our teachers at this time. Please like and follow your local Education Centre’s Facebook and Twitter accounts to join us for our ‘Midday Moment’.

There are 1,440 minutes in every day, we are asking teachers to use a few of those minutes to be mindful, to focus on their own needs and to hopefully reduce the impact of stress that may be present in their lives.

In conjunction with Ann-Marie Ireland of Breathing Space Ireland, ( Facebook: Teacher Breathing Space Ireland each weekday at 12pm we are asking teachers to take a ‘Midday Moment’.


Due to current Covid-19 crisis, our telephones are currently not attended.  All staff have access to email.  If you know the email address of the person you need to contact you can email them directly.  If you have a general query or, if you do not know the email address of the person you need to contact, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  Any emails sent to this mailbox will be distributed/answered accordingly.

The Cork Education Support Centre, in conjunction with the Department of Education and Skills, the Government and the public health authorities, will keep the situation under ongoing review. Any changes will be communicated on our homepage.

NIPT NQT Workshops - Spring 2020



Newly Qualified Teachers (NQTs) can sign up to attend NIPT NQT Workshops which will take place here in CESC throughout Spring 2020.

The list of workshops along with the dates, times and booking details can be found under the 'NQTs' tab above or through this link:

NIPT Droichead Clusters 1 & 2 - Spring 2020



Newly Qualified Teachers (NQTs) who are taking part in the Droichead process can now sign up to attend their Droichead Cluster Meetings 1 and 2 here in CESC.

Dates and times for the Droichead Clusters 1 and 2 for Primary and Post-Primary NQTs can be found under the 'NQTs' tab on the homepage or by clicking here:


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