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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.

Reading Recovery Graduation

Reading Recovery Graduation


Congratulations to those who graduated from the Reading Recovery training programme last week in Cork Education Support Centre.
Reading Recovery is a school-based, short-term literacy programme designed for children in senior infants and first class (aged between five years nine months and six years six months) identified as the lowest literacy achievers following one year at school. It is a thoroughly researched and evidence-based early literacy intervention. 

AsIAm’s Autism Friendly School Programme

AsIAm’s Autism Friendly School Programme

Please see letter below from 

We hope this letter finds you well and that your school community has had a positive experience settling into this new academic year.  We are excited to announce that AsIAm – Ireland’s National Autism Charity, is opening applications to new schools to join our Autism Friendly Schools Project.

In 2019 /2020, the Autism Friendly Schools Project ran as a pilot programme and recruited 96 primary and post-primary schools across the country participate in this initiative. In 2020 / 2021, 50 of those schools returned to continue the project for a second year and 80 new schools signed up to join the project. Many of these schools have expressed a desire to continue their engagement with the project this year alongside new schools joining for the first time.

2022/2023 will be the fourth year of this exciting project, which will investigate ways in which we can further refine what it truly means to be ‘Autism Friendly’ in primary and post-primary schools across Ireland. The project will reaffirm good practice and support those wishing to foster a culture of inclusion of autistic students in their schools. The project covers 4 themes over 3 staff sessions, the first session will be in-person and two others which will be held online on the following dates throughout the year;

1)      Leadership & Management / Building an Inclusive Culture – Thursday 24th November 2022 (online)

2)      Teaching and Learning – Tuesday 7th or 8th March (in person - depending on number we may have two regional sessions)

3)      Staff Development – Tuesday 9th May (online)

We have recorded an “Autism Friendly Schools Project Information Webinar” which any prospective schools interested in taking part in the project can watch to learn more about the development of the project over the last number of years and gain a greater understanding of the structure of the project for this year. The webinar is available at the hyper link that follows and is approx. 30 minutes in lengths: AFS info webinar

All schools taking part in the Autism Friendly Schools Project 2022 / 2023 will have exclusive access to an online toolkit which was developed for the purpose of the project and has been rebuilt to improve accessibility. This toolkit comprises of a self-evaluation tool which schools can use to evaluate the levels of inclusion for their students across different areas of school life. Schools taking part will also be allocated a community of practice group, where they will have a chance to connect with other schools on the project to share their practice and experience. Schools taking part in the project are asked to nominate 2 staff members (1 mainstream teacher and 1 SET / support teacher) to attend the 3 sessions and the principal or deputy principal must attend the first half of Session 1 on 24th  November 2022. All staff in a school that has signed up to the Autism Friendly Schools Project will receive access to a 90 minute online course designed to develop their understanding of autism.

If you believe that your students, staff and wider school community would benefit from being part of AsIAm’s Autism Friendly Schools Project, and by doing so create a more inclusive school culture, please complete the following steps:

All prospective schools should be aware that there will be a research element to this project, as there has been each year prior. All data compiled will be anonymized and no individual or school will be identifiable from the findings. The purpose of this research and analysis will be used to form a national perception on how primary and post-primary schools are currently engaging in autism friendly practice and explore the impact had on this practice by participating in the project. 

We are both delighted and grateful to be working closely with the Educations Support Centres Ireland (ESCI)  this year, a collaboration which we hope to grow over the coming months.

Finally, we would like to sincerely thank you for taking the time to consider participating in AsIAm’s Autism Friendly Schools Project 2022 / 2023. We would be delighted to hear that you wish to be a part of our project and are happy to answer any further questions you may have at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. You can also find a wealth of information and resources on our website

We wish you and your school community every success in the academic year ahead and look forward to working with your school in the future on our collective journey towards inclusion.

Sincerly Yours,

Adam Harris - Chief Executive Officer, AsIAm

Billy Redmond - Project Coordinator

Finbar Horgan - Education Training Officer