NIPT: Droichead Clusters UPDATE

Strand B-Cluster Meetings:

As in previous years, NQTs are required to attend one cluster meeting per term, specific to their sector, in sequential order for the duration of their Droichead process. NQTs must have applied for Droichead via www.teachingcouncil.ie and have received a confirmation email from the Teaching Council before registering to attend Cluster Meeting 1.

Cluster Meeting 1

Cluster Meeting 1 remains available online via the NIPT online learning platform and will continue to do so for the remainder of this term. This can be accessed at https://onlinelearning.teacherinduction.ieProtocols apply in order to be credited with the required 2-hour attendance and subsequent certification to confirm this attendance.

Cluster Meeting 2

Cluster Meeting 2 was facilitated remotely by associates, via Zoom, in March 2021. This will continue to be the case for an additional 2 weeks from April 20th - 29th with dates/times released at staggered time in advance (April 12th and 19th). Additional protocols also apply to this cluster meeting and those NQTs wishing to attend are required to familiarise themselves with them prior to registering. For your information, protocols can be accessed on our website www.teacherinduction.ie.

Cluster Meeting 3

Cluster Meeting 3 will be facilitated remotely by associates, via Zoom, in May 2021 in a similar format to Cluster Meeting 2 above. Further information will be published on our website www.teacherinduction.ie in due course.

Please monitor the NIPT website www.teacherinduction.ie  for further updates.

NCSE Supports for Schools and Parents

NCSE supports for schools and parents

For teachers in special schools and special classes that are delivering remote teaching and learning

·       NCSE has a number of dedicated advisors in the area of behaviour, autism and other special educational needs.   The NCSE is setting up a phone line where teachers in a special school or special class can speak directly to an advisor. This new phone number is 01 603 3233 (from Monday 11 January).

·       NCSE will be developing a brand new suite of short videos for teachers on how best to support children and young people with special educational needs when they are learning remotely.  These will include tips and strategies for engaging learners with online learning as well as more general advice about supporting the well-being of students.

·       The NCSE has a Visiting Teacher Service which provides direct support to children who are blind/visually impaired and deaf/hard of hearing and their teachers.  This service will continue to be delivered online.

·       Schools can continue to access NCSE online support https://ncse.ie/school-support provided in the form of telephone support, email support, or via video conferencing. Teachers in special classes and special schools can request support specific to their needs or the needs of the children in their school/class. Bespoke training is designed by NCSE Advisors, with input from Behaviour Practitioners, OTs and SLTs as required and will be delivered using appropriate online platforms.

·       Schools who established their first ASD Special Class for 2020/21 were assigned a link advisor during the 4 day training course in September/ October 2020. These advisors remain assigned to these classes and are available to provide support and advice to the special class teacher. 

·       NCSE will continue to deliver a range of online seminars for teachers https://ncse.ie/for-schools/connect-teacher-professional-learning-events-catalogue covering a range of topics including supporting children with autism in school, positive behaviour management, assistive technology etc. These courses are designed to increase teachers’ capacity to support and teach students with special educational needs.

·       The NCSE has a Visiting Teacher service which provides direct support to children who are blind/visually impaired and deaf/hard of hearing and their teachers. Visiting Teachers continue to be available to provide advice and support. Contact details for visiting teachers are available at https://ncse.ie/vt_contact_details. If teachers experience difficulties contacting their Visiting Teacher they should call 01 603 3200.

For teachers of children with special educational needs in mainstream schools that are delivering remote teaching and learning

·       NCSE has created a dedicated phone line for teachers to seek advice with regard to delivering remote teaching and learning to children with special educational needs.  Teachers calling this line can access a number of NCSE advisors with expertise in a range of special educational needs.   This new phone number is 01 603 3233 (from Monday 11 January).

·       NCSE will be developing a brand new suite of short videos for teachers on how best to support children and young people with special educational needs when they are learning remotely.  These will include tips and strategies for engaging learners with online learning as well as more general advice about supporting the well-being of students.

·       Schools will continue to have access to NCSE online support https://ncse.ie/school-support provided in the form of telephone support, email support, or via video conferencing. Teachers in in mainstream schools can request support specific to their needs or the needs of the children in their school/class. Bespoke training is designed by NCSE Advisors, with input from Behaviour Practitioners, OTs and SLTs as required and will be delivered using appropriate online platforms.

·       NCSE will be delivering a range of online seminars for teachers https://ncse.ie/for-schools/connect-teacher-professional-learning-events-catalogue covering a range of topics including supporting children with autism in school, positive behaviour management, assistive technology etc. These courses are designed to increase teachers’ capacity to support and teach students with special educational needs.

·       The NCSE has a whole range of resources https://ncse.ie/teacher-resources covering a wide range of topics, including useful apps to facilitate remote teaching and learning https://ncse.ie/useful-apps and other useful resources that were prepared in response to the last period of remote teaching and learning.

·       The NCSE has a Visiting Teacher service which provides direct support to children who are blind/visually impaired and deaf/hard of hearing and their teachers. Visiting Teachers continue to be available to provide advice and support. Contact details for visiting teachers are available at https://ncse.ie/vt_contact_details. If teachers experience difficulties contacting their Visiting Teacher they should call 01 603 3200.

For parents of children with special educational needs

·       NCSE have created a dedicated phone line for parents to get advice and support from SENOs. The SENO will provide support and advice to parents and where relevant provide specific resources e.g. behaviour strategies, NEPS well-being resources. If necessary parents can book a subsequent appointment with the SENO assigned to their child’s school.  This new phone number is 01 603 3456 (from Monday 11 January).

·       For students who might be moving between schools in September 2021, SENOs will undertake structured engagement with relevant students and their families. This engagement will involve advice and support on transition strategies appropriate to the student, along with support in securing a school placement where required.

·       SENOs will continue to provide a series of webinars for parents of students with special education needs starting primary school in September 2021.

·       The NCSE has a Visiting Teacher service which provides direct support to children who are blind/visually impaired and deaf/hard of hearing and their teachers. Visiting Teachers continue to be available to provide advice and support to parents, students and teachers during this period of remote teaching and learning. Visiting Teachers will undertake structured engagement with the families of students to whom they currently provide support to. This engagement will involve an initial check in with advice on available supports and resources. In particular, the Visiting Teacher will provide support on the use of assistive technology in the home. The Visiting Teacher will agree a programme of regular engagement with the student and family as required and will remain available to respond to emerging queries over the course of remote teaching and learning. Contact details for visiting teachers are available at https://ncse.ie/vt_contact_details. If parents experience difficulties contacting their Visiting Teacher they should call 01 603 3200.

·       NCSE will also be releasing a brand new suite of short videos for parents.  Topics will include managing behaviour; establishing positive routines; building in movement breaks etc.

·       NCSE will also be updating and enhancing its range of resources for parents available at https://ncse.ie/parent-resources many of which were created with specific reference to remote teaching and learning.

ESCI Ignite Your Light- Your Way to Wellness Podcast Series

ESCI Ignite Your Light- Your Way to Wellness Podcast Series

 

Episode 1 of the ESCI Ignite Your Light- Your Way to Wellness Podcast Series, in conjunction with AnnMarie Ireland of Teacher Breathing Space Ireland is here.

Topic: Celebrating the Value of the role of staff in our schools.
Just Breathe: The power of the Breath. Despite its simplicity it can be quite powerful. Join Ann-Marie to Rest, Restore, Recover and Renew.

https://soundcloud.com/user-712781301/esci-ignite-your-light-episode-1

Podcast 1

 

 

Episode 2 of the ESCI 'Way to Wellness' podcast series includes an interview with Robbie O'Connell, Principal of Blennerville NS.

Come away to a safe space to rest, restore, recover and renew.  Join Ann-Marie for a recovery mindful practice and hear her chat to primary school principal and health promotion advocate Robbie O'Connell about how we can ignite the flame of hope within as we navigate the challenging new terrain in our schools.

Listen to Episode 2 here: https://soundcloud.com/user-712781301/episode-two-keeping-the-flame-alive-a-time-for-hope

Episode 2

 

Episode 3 is now available. 

Topic: Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas.

Listen here: https://soundcloud.com/user-712781301/esci-ignite-your-light-episode-3-have-yourself-a-merry-little-christmas

 

Podcast 3

CESC Update October 2020

New Director of CESC 


We would like to extend a warm welcome to our new Director, Seán Horgan, who has officially taken up his role with effect from Monday, October 5th. Seán began his teaching career in St. Mary’s on the Hill N.S. Knocknaheeny before moving to St. Patrick’s Boys’ N.S. Mallow where he was principal for the past 26 years.

Seán takes up this position at a very uncertain time for all in the greater educational community. All of our events are online for the foreseeable future as we navigate through the challenges of Covid-19. Please find a list of upcoming courses and events on www.cesc.ie - we strive to constantly update and add to this list to support your needs.

 

 

Slán le Niamh

Niamh Ní Mhaoláin’s secondment as Director of CESC (2015 - 2020) has concluded and she has returned to her role as principal of Gaelscoil na Dúglaise. During her tenure she was instrumental in establishing and maintaining links with the greater educational community here in Cork and across Ireland as she progressed many innovative local and national initiatives. Her style of leadership, renowned communication skills and dedication to her work will ensure her mark will be evident for many years into the future. We thank her for her great service and wish her the very best for the future.
  

 

CPD Suggestions Survey

The Cork Education Support Centre team are currently planning a range of CPD opportunities for this school year and we would very much appreciate your input.
We have compiled a short survey (less than 2 minutes completion time) which will really assist us in our planning process.

 

Access Survey Here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSd6XU-Ujee-gCZI9mEa-lM4kk3K2DXg1tvZDTcz5PrDAUT1Vw/viewform

 

Cork Education Support Centre

Location

Cork Education Support Centre, The Rectory, Western Road, Cork

EIRCODE: T12 KC86

Transportation

Local Buses and limited carparking available

Contact

TEL: +353 21 4255600
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