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Fresh Film Festival encourages and supports young filmmakers aged 7 to 18 to tell their stories through the medium of moving pictures. The closing date for receipt of entries in Fri 26th Jan 2018. Information, resources and application forms for Ireland's Young Filmmaker of the Year are available at


PDST has a number of full-time secondment opportunities for teachers in the areas of the Primary Language curriculum and Post-Primary leadership, politics & society and computer science. For more details, see

The Ger Devereux 6km Memorial Walk/Run in aid of the Irish Heart Foundation will take place on Sunday 10th September 2017. Registration takes place at 10 am at Co. Wexford Education Centre, Milehouse Road, Enniscorthy. The walk begins at 11 am. All donations welcome via online, sponsorship cards or on the day. For more information, contact Michael Devereux 087 292 7138. The facebook page is

Please contact our Facebook page or Michael's phone number (0872927138) for sponsorship cards, or use online donation at the following link or donate on the day. 

A panel is due to be created to fill vacancies that arise for full-time secondment opportunities for the following advisor positions in The Arts Council/An Chomhairle Ealaíon (i) Primary and Early Childhood Education Adviser and (ii) Post-Primary Education Adviser.

Scoileanna Ildánacha/Creative Schools will be a key programme under Pillar One of Creative Ireland 2017-2022: Enabling the Creative Potential of Every Child. Creative Schools will give expression to this goal as part of an integrated implementation plan for arts in education and draws on the commitments set out in the Arts in Education Charter.

For further details on these positions including a job description and application form, please go to This information is also available upon request from This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The closing date for applications is Wednesday, July 5th at 12p.m.

Co. Wexford Education Centre collaborates with Maynooth University and a cluster of post-primary schools on the CPD programme ‘Teaching and Learning for the Twenty-First Century’(TL21). The programme is being extended for a further two-year cycle starting in September 2017.

The programme has a number of key aims, including:

1.      To address the isolation and insulation that teachers can, and do, experience in their day-to-day professional lives.

2.      To strengthen (post-primary) teachers’ capacities as the “authors” of their own work – to encourage and support them in actively engaging with a wider repertoire of active teaching strategies.

3.      To encourage students to become more active and responsible participants in their own learning.

Co. Wexford Education Centre plans to work with up to 5/6 new schools for the next two year cycle. I would like to invite you and/or representatives from your school to an Information Meeting in Co. Wexford Education Centre on:

Wed 29th March from 5 pm to 7 pm

Staff from three schools who participated in the 2015-2017 cycle will make 15 minute presentations outlining their projects during the meeting. These presentations include:

(1) Coláiste an Átha, Kilmuckridge

Theme: Developing a modified vocabulary enrichment programme for First Years

(2) Meán Scoil Gharman, Brownswood, Enniscorthy

Theme: Fostering the reading of novels in Irish among First Years and Second Years.

(3) Gorey Community School

Theme: Promoting independent student learning in Second Year Science, using/testing a variety of teaching methodologies

What is involved for those schools participating?

·         This is a two year programme.

·         There will be 5 workshop sessions in a school year, all taking place from 5.00pm – 7.00pm.

·         Tea/Coffee etc will be available from 4.30pm.

·         No substitution or travel expenses are available from either Co. Wexford Education Centre or the university.

·         The programme is not a series of lectures, but rather it is based on a collaborative and action research approach.

·         Each school may like to suggest the themes or aspects of teaching and learning they would like to address: e.g. assessment, AfL strategies, co-operative learning etc.

·         Each participating school will have the opportunity to progress the theme in their own school and report back on progress to the whole group of schools participating in the programme.

·         No more than five representatives per school, including Principal or Deputy Principal.

·         Accreditation is available for teachers’ interested (Maynooth University Diploma and Masters route).

Please e-mail the name and contact details of any attendee(s) interested in attending the Information Meeting on 29th March. E-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

A number of positions are available for the 2017/2018 school year. For more details, see

You are cordially invited to the Annual General Meeting (AGM) of Co. Wexford Education Centre on Monday 27th February 2017 at 6 p.m. in Co. Wexford Education Centre, Milehouse Road, Enniscorthy, Co. Wexford.

The Trinity Access 21 projects ( aim to support cultural and pedagogical change within schools and build teacher capacity to leverage technology in creating active, engaged classrooms. One of the ways we are doing this is through a TCD, Level 9, Postgraduate Certificate in 21st Century Teaching and Learning.


If sufficient numbers are interested, some of the modules may be run locally in Co. Wexford Education Centre. There will be an information session for interested teachers in Co. Wexford Education Centre at 5 pm on Thursday 15th Sept. To register for the information session, please e-mail your name, mobile and school address toThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Participating teachers return to the classroom as Trinity students for six weekends throughout the year to learn best practice in the use of technology in the classroom and to consider related issues in respect of leadership and change management, inclusive education and school/classroom based research. In addition to four core modules, students take two additional modules choosing among STEM pedagogy, computer programming, and information literacy offerings.


The course commitment includes attendance on six modules and each module runs on a Friday evening and a full Saturday. Additionally, Certificate participants complete one assignment for each module. Each assignment draws on critical analysis, reflective thinking and classroom-based praxis, so the course material is both academically engaging and practically focused.


Applications are now open for the 2016/17 Certificate and we are pleased to offer the subsidised rate of €498 for the course (inclusive of application charge, graduation fee, and complete course tuition) to applicants who apply before 11th September 2016. 


·       A video describing the course is available here:

·       The PG Cert Course Application link is here:

·       There is a non-refundable charge of €55 to make an application.

·       The 2015/16 PG Cert Course Handbook is available here:


·       Course queries may be directed to the Course Administrator: Megan Kuster - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; 01 896 4398.

High-quality education is something we take for granted here in Ireland but, sadly, that is not the case the world over. Recent studies show that as many as 123 million children and adolescents are out of school. That’s where VSO Ireland comes in – we’re a development organisation that works through volunteers in 24 countries across Africa, Asia and the Pacific. We understand that education is a massive contributor to poverty, and so are working to end the global teacher shortage and improve teacher quality and school management. There are always opportunities for Primary Teachers, Teacher Trainers, Inspection Advisors and Education Managers, just like you, to implement our education programmes overseas.

So why are we particularly interested in reaching teachers through the Wexford Education Centre? Well, the WEC’s mission statement – “to work with teachers, parents, management and all partners in education in develop and strengthen teaching and learning capacity so as to maximise children’s opportunities to achieve their full potential” – very closely resembles our own. Our education volunteers create sustainable change not by teaching in a classroom, but by sharing their knowledge and mentoring teachers, parents and national bodies to improve schooling for marginalised children. Like all of you, we also believe in inclusive education – that no child is excluded from learning because of their gender, disability or background.

Volunteering is a big commitment, no doubt about it, but the personal and professional benefits are endless. Just as you are helping to create sustainable change and improve the lives of marginalised children and adults, you are also developing new skills and improving your career prospects. Claire Nic Ghabann from Co. Monaghan praised her Tanzania placement – “There are more opportunities to practice and develop your leadership and management skills. You get to design, implement and facilitate programmes.” Lisa McMahon from Co. Down similarly had a life-changing experience on her Rwanda placement – “I’m really aware that I’ve learnt a lot and when I get back home I have some valuable things to share with my students.” Volunteering also offers retired teachers the chance to continue doing what they love and give something back.

VSO volunteers are offered a comprehensive support package – flights, accommodation, medical insurance and vaccinations are all covered so you don’t have to worry about expenses if you decide to take the plunge. We’re here to support our volunteers each step of the way, from welcoming you into our Dublin office and organising in-depth training prior to departure to offering a full debrief and invitations to returned volunteers events when you get back.

Last year, VSO volunteers worked with 140 partners to train a total of 78,000 educators and reach 922,000 children and adults. Want to be part of the story and start your own volunteer journey? Visit or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to find out more about current vacancies.

School inclusion has been an important local and national agenda in Ireland for several years. However, the link between inclusive schools and inclusive communities is not as well developed. This is particularly evident in the transition of young people with disabilities from education to employment. For instance, youth with intellectual disabilities have been found to experience poor post-school outcomes compared to youth with other disabilities and youth in the general population.

The UN Convention on the rights of persons with disabilities emphasises “the right … to gain a living by work freely chosen or accepted in a labour market and work environment that is open, inclusive and accessible to persons with disabilities”. Yet, research in Ireland suggests that fewer than 10% of adults with intellectual disability participate in real paid employment. Furthermore, Ireland ranks very poorly on the list of OECD countries in the provision of employment opportunities for those with a disability. In several respects, school staff in Ireland have been at the vanguard of the inclusion movement and have much to offer towards the establishment of inclusive communities. 

In this article, we report on the effect of developing a year-long inclusive work experience programme in Co. Wexford Education Centre for a young adult (Shane O’Neill) with intellectual disability attending a QQI Level 3 course in a local community workshop. The work experience programme utilised customised employment approaches, such as job carving and emphasised proactive problem-solving in conjunction with co-worker support. Customized employment creates job roles that meet an individual’s employment needs and conditions necessary for their success as well as the needs that the employer has for valuable work.

The concept of self-determination has its origins in the field of special education with a focus on individuals’ rights to have control over decisions regarding their personal lives and access to information to make those decisions. Recently there has been increased emphasis on the development of conceptual frameworks to guide practices that promote the self-determination of individuals with disabilities. Students who have self-determination skills have a stronger chance of being successful in making the transition to adulthood, including education, training, employment and independent living outcomes. We wholeheartedly support the key skills approach embedded in the new Junior Cycle, which prioritize self-determination skills, such as managing yourself, staying well and working with others.

During the work experience programme, Shane’s self-determination score increased from 85 to 124 due largely to strong gains in autonomy and self-regulation (as measured using the ARC Self-Determination Scale). Qualitative feedback was gathered from Shane along with his parents and co-workers.

Shane reported: ‘I think self-determination is great as I am given work that I love; work that I am able to do and complete. I am always busy at work and feel I have achieved and completed a good days work at the end of the day. I get on very well with staff and feel very much part of the team.’

Shane’s mother reported: ‘Like most parents of children with disabilities, we have had to lobby and canvas for any entitlements that Shane has secured. At this stage our family is very fortunate that Shane has secured work experience in Co. Wexford Education Centre, with the assistance of Ms. Elma White from Co. Wexford Community Workshop, who has worked tirelessly to find Shane suitable work experience. I have seen significant improvements in Shane’s wellbeing since he began his work experience programme.’        

At the end of the work experience programme, one of Shane’s co-workers reported: ‘Last year, I had little or no experience of working with a colleague with disability so I wasn’t very comfortable around adults with a disability. The past year has opened my eyes so much. There is a much more inclusive feel in the office and I realise the importance of inclusion for everyone. We all deserve a chance to be part of work and society as we can all play a part in making each other’s lives happy and fulfilling.’

Quantitative data was also gathered from an organisational perspective, which showed increased administrative efficiencies and reduced sick leave. Overall, a compelling picture emerged on the value of customised work experience programmes for students, families and work places.


From the early years of the inclusive school movement, teachers have acted as agents of change in the context of inclusion and social justice. Inclusive practice requires the collaboration of teachers and others, such as associated professionals and parents. Agents of change work purposefully with others to challenge the status quo and develop social justice programmes that promote inclusion. It is now time for us to share our knowledge of inclusion with the wider community so that all of our students can have a brighter future.

The Maths Development Team is recruiting Part Time Associates & Participants who wish to get involved in the important initiative: Reflections on Practice with the Maths Development Team for the academic year 2016-2017. If you wish to get involved further, please click on the link below and complete the attached form at your earliest convenience. 

The Inspectorate of the Department of Education and Skills is recruiting Primary District Inspectors this summer. If you are interested in these positions, log on to for further details. Closing date for receipt of applications is May 26.

Recruitment to Inspectorate of the Department of Education and Skills


The Inspectorate of the Department of Education and Skills will be recruiting post-primary inspectors this summer. Competitions for the appointment of inspectors of Business, French, Geography, Guidance and Physical Education will be held by the Public Appointments Service prior to the summer vacation. If you are interested in these positions, log on to for further details. Closing date for receipt of applications is May 12. 

5th Annual Research Conference 2016

Saturday 15th October 2016


 Waterford Teachers’ Centre, Kilkenny Education Centre and Co. Wexford Education Centre are currently accepting proposals for presentations and full papers for consideration for publication in the Conference Journal.

KEYNOTE SPEAKER: Prof. Willie Donnelly, President Waterford Institute of Technology.

Venue: Waterford Teachers Centre, Newtown Rd, Waterford.

The theme of the Conference is

‘The Visionary Practitioner: Learning from the Research’.

We encourage the submission of proposals and papers that address this topic as it relates to pre-school, primary school, post-primary school and/or further education. Proposals and papers should emphasise research and practice in teaching and learning with a focus on the uses of innovative learning strategies.

Please submit a short abstract (maximum 200 words) to include title, field of study and presenter’s application form together with your full academic titles to:

E-mail Address: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Postal Address: Louise Madigan, Conference Co-ordinator, Waterford Teachers Centre, Newtown Rd, Waterford. Please e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for an application form.



Closing Date for Abstract Submission: Friday 24th June 2016

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You are cordially invited to the Annual General Meeting (AGM) of Co. Wexford Education Centre on Monday 29th February 2016 at 5 p.m. in Co. Wexford Education Centre, Milehouse Road, Enniscorthy, Co. Wexford.

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We are updating our blog protocol. Previously, all registered users (i.e. anyone who has booked a course using our online booking system) receives blog updates through e-mail alerts. From 8th Feb 2016, only individuals who specifically click on the 'Subscribe to blog' link on the Blog page of will continue to receive blogs. So, to keep updated about local courses and events, please login using your regular username and password and click on the 'Subscribe to blog' link.

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1) A four week (8 hours) Mindfulness Course

  • Stepping Out of Automatic Pilot
  • Managing Thoughts
  • Managing Difficult Emotions
  • Bringing It All Together.

The course will highlight the practice of mindfulness and will also include some resources that can be used with pupils in whole class or small group settings.

Dates: Tues 19th and 26th Jan and Tues 9th & 23rd Feb

Time: 5.30 to 7.30 p.m. each evening.

Facilitator: Mark Ralph




2) Basic Computing & Coding

This two hour workshop will introduce you to blended learning for the classroom. Topics include computing & coding through Scratch, YouTube for education, educational website usage and getting the most from Tabs and iPads.

Date: Tues 9th Feb

Time: 4.00 to 6.00 p.m.

Facilitator: Trevor Murphy from


3) Retirement Information Session

Teachers Considering whether or not to retire and avail of the terms of the Haddington Road Agreement – For Teachers considering retiring in the next few years -For Teachers wondering about pensions, pension contributions, AVCs, taxation and other issues relating to retirement.

Date: Wed 10th Feb 

Time: 5 – 6 p.m.

Facilitator: Clodagh Byrne - Public Sector Retirement Advisor


4) Get Ready for Easter with Fabric & Fibre

Get started early in preparing for Easter with this workshop on Fabric & Fibre crafts for the classroom. Participants will receive a free copy of Mairéad’s book ‘Fabric & Fibre’ (one book per school). Fabric and Fibre is an excellent way to reinforce understanding of colour, tone, shape, texture, pattern and rhythm in a fun and practical manner. See for more details. 

Date: Tues 23rd Feb

Time: 4.00 to 6.00 p.m.


Facilitator: Mairéad Holohan


5) Playworks in Scoil Phádraig Naofa, Tullow

Playworks is a primary school based programme designed to improve break times for children. Playworks creates inclusive environments for play and physical activity both within and beyond the school day to build empathy, increase learning and improve behaviour, with research showing essential benefits to child development, an improved school climate and more focused students.

Venue: Scoil Phádraig Naofa, Tullow, Co. Carlow

Date: Sat 27th Feb

Time: 9.30 a.m. to 3.00 p.m.


Facilitator: John Farrell


6) Hands on Science (materials & Forces) in Ballymurn NS

This two hour practical workshop covering Materials & Forces will be held on:

Date: Wed 9th March

Venue: Ballymurn N.S., Ballymurn.  

Time: 3.00 to 5.00 p.m.


Facilitator: Joan Walsh 


All courses can be booked online at

Wexford County Council is running a National Schools Cycling Safety Competition (NSCS) rear window sticker cycling safety campaign this term. As part of the campaign, Wexford County Council will pay for two participating schools to avail of a cycling coaching session with South East Cycling.


The critical dates for completion of the online questionnaire by school classes is February 12th – before mid-term. The council will then post the rear window stickers to the relevant schools and the students have from Feb 22nd  until Feb 28th  to add the sticker to rear window and email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to be in with a chance of winning .


Dates are dictated by availability of South East cycling and they are booked for the 2 winning schools for the week of March beginning the 7th (just before Easter Holidays)!


To enter, teachers can show the online safety videos to pupils and complete the short online questionnaire with students.


For those schools who do not have internet access, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to request videos on a USB key along with a printed version of the online questionnaire and you can post these into me!


All details of the campaign are on the Wexford Co Co website and here is the direct link:


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Happy New Year to you all. From Feb 2016, we are updating our blog protocol. Currently, all registered users (i.e. anyone who has booked a course using our online booking system) receives blog updates through e-mail alerts. From Feb 2016, only individuals who specifically click on the 'Subscribe to blog' link on the Blog page of will continue to receive blogs. So, to keep updated about local courses and events, please login using your regular username and password and click on the 'Subscribe to blog' link.

Wishing you a very happy and successful 2016.

The Hour of Code is a global initiative aimed at increasing awareness and participation in coding and is particularly focused on children at school-going age. This year’s Hour of Code occurs from 7th-13th December and we are encouraging all schools to get involved.

What’s needed to get involved?

  1. Go to
  2.  Register your school online via the orange sign upbutton
  3. Get your students coding by hitting the orange try itbutton.


It’s really that simple! Teachers just need to be able to get their students to the website above. After clicking the “try it” button students will be guided by videos and demonstrations to build their first game. Teachers are not required to have any experience of coding and the website makes learning extremely easy for the students with age-appropriate material.

It’s surprisingly easy and a set of Teacher’s Notes is provided if the teacher wants to get involved at a deeper level.

This is an ideal opportunity to get your class involved in coding and areas such as Star Wars, Minecraft and Frozen characters will keep the students engaged. It’s simple, it’s fun and it’s free.


Remember, there’s absolutely no technical knowledge required and students will work their way through the website at their own pace in roughly an hour. Go for it!