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Teacher-Artist Partnership (TAP)


Teacher-Artist Partnership 2021 (TAP) CPD 



 TAP Residency Programme 2021

Following participation on the TAP summer course, Teachers are eligible to apply for an Artist in Residence with a TAP trained Artist in the teachers school.  TAP Residencies take place between October and March of the following school year.  Pre-Covid, each Education Centre could award up to eight (8) face-to-face residencies to participating schools.  However, in 2021, following the TAP Online summer course, 114 Teachers nationwide applied for a residency via an embedded Survey Monkey link on the E-Learn Tralee Moodle platform.  Forty-four (44) newly trained TAP Artists completed the TAP Online Summer Course and are therefore eligible to take part in the TAP Residency programme.  All TAP 2021 Online data was returned to the National Arts in Education Office where Teacher and Artist data were filtered by region and allocated to the ESCI network for matching Teacher and Artist pairs for school residency purposes.

Teacher-Artist Partnership (TAP)  is a unique Department of Education and Skills initiative which commenced on a pilot basis in 2014/15 in response to the objectives outlined in the Arts in Education Charter. This initiative is guided by the principles expressed in the Arts in Education Charter (2012) and Pillar 1 (Creative Youth) of the Creative Ireland Programme (2017–2022).

Nurturing the abilities and commitment of artists and teachers for the promotion of arts-in-education is a central concern of the Arts in Education Charter. One of its major initiatives in this regard was the design and implementation of a pilot teacher-artist CPD Partnership Summer Course. Part of supporting schools in the provision of high quality arts education for children, this pilot arts in education initiative was Association of Teacher Education Centre of Ireland (ATECI) led, in partnership with the Department of Culture Heritage and the Gaeltacht (DCHG), Encountering the Arts Ireland (ETAI) and the Association for Creativity in Arts Education (ACAE).  The initiative is administered by the Education Centre, Tralee. This innovative teacher-artist CPD programme was aimed at developing a model of arts in education CPD for teachers which could be used as a template for the future.

The Pilot Project was researched and the Research Report on this Pilot initiative was launched by both the Minister for Education and Skills and the Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht in March 2016 and has been published (available on here).

Teacher-Artist Partnership CPD Summer Course & Residency Programme is now mainstreamed and consists of free DES approved (EPV days) Summer Courses operating in each of the 21 full-time Education Centres in Ireland in either July or August each year. Each Course will have 20 primary teachers and 4 professional artists participating. It will be delivered by a trained and experienced Teacher Artist Facilitator Pair. The initiative includes funded Artist in Residency opportunities in which participating teachers and artists work together in collaboration in the School during the following academic year.

Call-Out for Participating Artists

Each Education Centre is directed by the National Arts in Education office to advertise a Call-Out for Artists.  The Call-Out for Artists is coordinated in conjunction with the Local Authority Arts Officers.  Four Artists are recruited to participate in each of the TAP summer courses in all 21 full-time Education Centres.  For example; the 2019 TAP face-to-face Summer Courses experienced a sharp increase in participant figures. A total of twenty (20) ESCI full-time Education Centres ran the course with a total of 258 Teachers and 80 participating Artists.  A typical Face-to-Face TAP Summer Course comprises a maximum of 20 Teacher Participants and four (4) participating Artists along with one (1) lead Teacher Facilitator and one (1) lead Artist Facilitator (combined to become a Teacher Artist Pair).

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Arts in Education in Ireland (Primary Schools Initiative)


Schools involved in 2020/2021 were:

  • John of God P.S., The Faythe, Wexford Town – Artist Brigid Teehnan
  • Bunscoil Loreto Gorey 6th Class – Artist Ellis O’Toole
  • Bunscoil Loreto Gorey SET Class – Artist Mary Keane
  • Cushinstown N.S. – Artist Lani O’Hanlon
  • St Josephs BNS Carlow - Artist Caroline Busher 

Schools involved in 2019 / 2020 were:

  • Scoil Naomh Treasa, Gorey -Artist Joe Brennan 
  • Gaelscoil Moshiolog, Gorey -Artist Caroline Busher 
  • Scoil Fhoirtcheirn , Myshall - Artist Caroline Busher 
  • St Joseph's NS, Ballymitty - Artist David Begley
  • Scoil Mhaodhoig, Polfur -Artist Joe Brennan 
  • Mercy School , Wexford Town - Artist Caroline Busher 
  • St Fintans NS , Mayglass - Artist Joe Brennan 
  • Scoil  Naomh Maodhog, Ferns - Artist Caroline Busher 

Please see examples of the wonderful work been done in our local schools on the Arts in Education Portal Access the TAP Website, please click here


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Computing At Schools

Computing At Schools (CAS) is here to aid the Primary Sector, Post-Primary Schools and Educational Centres in Ireland. We provide training and resources across a wide spectrum including such areas as Computer Science (CS), Information Communication Technology (ICT) and Cyber Safety. We live in an ever-increasing digital world, together let’s ensure our students not only survive but excel!

Post-Primary Sector In-house

Junior Cycle Short Coding Teacher CPD (3 Strands)

Transition Year Course – Bespoke TY course tailored to each schools requirements

Cyber Safety Programmes – Student, Parents & Teachers

ICT for Post-Primary (ECDL Schools Kit)

In-house Classroom Programmes

In-house Coding Clubs

Primary Sector In-house

Primary Teacher Coding CPD (3 Strands)

In-Class Computer Science Delivery

Cyber Safety Programmes – Student, Parents & Teachers

In-house Classroom Programmes

In-house Coding Clubs

Concern Primary Debate Information 2021/2022

 2021/ 2022 Concern Debate -  Information Evening


The Concern Primary Debates has started and will be adapting to an online format in light of COVID 19 restrictions and safety of students and teachers.

The Concern Primary Debates is an educational debating programme aimed at senior primary classes. The Concern Debates aims at introducing topics of development to both students and teachers through the motions to engage students in public speaking and higher order thinking skills around topics such as Climate Change, Poverty and Sustainable Development. Concern are on hand to provide support to teachers and students.

Find out more about the Concern Primary Debates here: https://www.concern.net/schools-and-youth/debates/primary-school

In this session teachers will

  • Learn about the structure of the Concern Primary Debates
  • Find out how to take part in the programme
  • Learn about the new changes and how the competition will be going online
  • How Concern can support teachers and students through easy to use resources, videos and online talks and webinars for classes.

All Schools  wishing to compete in the Primary Concern Debate Competition will need to attend this information evening as schools will be grouped at this meeting. Unfortunately  late entries cannot be accepted as all groups and parties will be finalised and information shared with other schools who are competing against one another . Motions and timelines for the whole competition are shared at this meeting and only 1  submission per school  can take part. All the protocols of how to take part will be outlined and shared with each school at the Information Meeting.

List of Schools Through to Round 2

Quarter Final:  To be completed between 8th November – 3rd December

Motion:  Sustainable Cities Should Have Free, Regular Public Transport Available To Everyone

A:         Danescastle NS                         Vs           B:     Bunscoil Loreto NS                                                                 

C:          Barnstown NS                            Vs           D:     Rathangan NS

E:         St. Brigid’s NS, Grange          Vs            F:      Scoil Mhuire, Horeswood

G:        Gallbally NS                                 Vs             H:      Tara Hill NS

List of Schools participating in 2021/2022 Project

Please see the list of schools who are taking part in our 2021/2022 Debates Project. Best of luck to all our schools.

   Scoil Mhuire, Horeswood                        

   Davidstown NS                                   

   Bunscoil Loreto                               

  Carysfort NS                                      

  St. Mary’s NS                                                                                          

 SN Fionntain                                        

Court NS                                             

Galbally NS      

St. Brigid’s NS, Grange       

Ballythomas NS     

 Danescastle NS  

Carnew NS

Tara Hill NS

Rathangan NS

AN Mhuire, Barntown  NS                            

Glenbrien NS

MOTIONS 2021/2022

  • Tik Tok has done more harm than good for young people’s confidence 
  • Sustainable cities should have free, regular public transport available to everyone 
  • We need to pay more for our clothes to fight fast fashion 
  • Shopping local must become the new normal 
  • Billionaires should not go to space
  • Sport’s stars are bad role models for children 

Dates of each Round

Round 1 – Monday 4th October 2021 – Friday 5th November 2021

  • Tik Tok has done more harm than good for young people’s confidence 

Quarter Final – 8th  November 2021 – 3rd  December 2021

  • Sustainable Cities Should Have Free, Regular Public Transport Available To Everyone

Semi Final – 6th  December 2021 – 14th January 2022

  • We need to pay more for our clothes to fight fast fashion

Final - 17th January 2022 – 11th February 2022

  • Shopping local must become the new normal

All debates to be completed by 18th February.

Please see Primary Debates 2021/2022 calendar:

Please see Primary Debates 2021/2022 Handbook

 Please see Primary Debates Introductory Video

2020/2021 concern debates

We are delighted to confirm the following schools are taking part in this year's competition 2020/2021 .Our first round of debates begins on the 6th of November with the motion "The Voting age should be lowered to 16 ". Best of luck to all our schools.
  • Danecastle NS
  • Rathangan NS 
  • S.N. Mhuire Barntown
  • Scoil Mhuire Rosslare 
  • Murrintown NS 
  • Castletown NS 

Congratulations to all the schools that took part in this year's competition. We wish to thank the teachers, students and adjudicators who had to adapt to the new online format this year, from the tweets we received there were  some incredible battles during the competition stages . We congratulate Rathangan NS and S.N. Mhuire Barnstown who have made it to the final . We look forward to the final debate as soon as possible. 

2019/2020 Concern Debates 

The following schools took part in the 2019/2020 competition 

  • Barntown NS
  • Tara Hill NS
  • Danecastle NS
  • Murrintown NS
  • Rosslare NS
  • Scoil Eoin BaistNS,Galbally
  • Scoil Ghormain Naofa
  • St Josephs NS
  • Tombrack NS
  • Bunscoil Loreto, Gorey
  • Mercy NS Wexford
  • Mayglass NS
  • Cushinstown NS
  • Court NS
  • Davidstown NS

They competed against each other on a range of different motions provided by Concern. Congratulations to all the schools who took part, we hope you all enjoyed yourselves and that participating in debates is something you will continue to do in Post-Primary school. Thank you to all the adjudicators,teachers and students for the wonderful work you did in making this such an enjoyable competition for everyone concerned.

This year due to the Covid 19 pandemic, we did not get a chance to have our Primary Concern Debate Final in the Education Centre as planned. The two schools who were due to compete against each other on the following motion 'Young people should be allowed to vote at 16" are Castletown NS and Mercy NS, Wexford.



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Concern Debate Structure
Each school is asked to provide a minimum of 2 adjudicators. The schools engage in the Garda vetting process with the chosen adjudicators.
Adjudicators will be assigned to each debate by the respective schools. However, if for some reason the assigned adjudicators are unavailable, the onus is on the home school to contact neutral adjudicators.
Three students per team: 
Speaker 2
Speaker 3 

Each person has 3 minutes for their speech with the Captain speaking twice (once at beginning and once at the end)

We recommend schools have a panel of six students at least in case of illness

Only three students may debate three students on the day of the debate

Schools may have subs and have the whole class involved helping to research motions, acting as timekeeper and /or chairperson

Subject to receiving enough entries the competition will be in a group format.

Debate topics, which have been set by Concern, for all group round debates will be issued in advance of the competition commencing.
Concern will be organising a national competition so the winners of the Competition will qualify for entry to the National Round.

Schools must agree the time and date of each debate - subject to staying within the designated deadline.

Practice debate(s) can be organised between schools in October - practice debate topic is “Homework is a waste of time for primary school students”

Concern have resources available to help with preparing for the debates - https://www.concern.net/schools-and-youth/debates/primary-school%26sa%3DD%26ust%3D1569928539808000%26usg%3DAFQjCNGnPGLQ3Twaq2pIc4cakNZR9OPbIA&source=gmail&ust=1570016397334000&usg=AFQjCNG0o39O4I8erZ3N1U33_rYa_WzF7A" style="color: rgb(17, 85, 204); font-family: Roboto, RobotoDraft, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 1.25rem; white-space: pre-wrap;">https://www.concern.net/schools-and-youth/debates/primary-schoolincluding videos etc.

They also have a new video for adjudicator training located here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v%253DsFRr821JcTg%26sa%3DD%26ust%3D1569928539808000%26usg%3DAFQjCNHtGexesM20mh_P_USLNhdxtk8VmA&source=gmail&ust=1570016397334000&usg=AFQjCNGcmYoJdMnjQmTW6oHMnr6-mYuKtA" style="color: rgb(17, 85, 204); font-family: Roboto, RobotoDraft, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 1.25rem; white-space: pre-wrap;">https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sFRr821JcTg Please encourage all adjudicators to watch this to ensure they understand the process.

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NEPS 2021/2022


National Educational Psychological Service (NEPS)

Overview of NEPS service

NEPS psychologists work with both primary and post-primary schools and are concerned with learning, behaviour, social and emotional development. Each psychologist is assigned to a group of schools.

NEPS psychologists work in partnership with teachers, parents and children in identifying educational needs. They offer a range of services aimed at meeting these needs, for example, supporting individual students (through consultation and assessment), special projects and research.

Please see Video about the NEPS Services

Please see Video about the NEPS Services



Model of Service

In common with many other psychological services and best international practice, the National Educational Psychological Service (NEPS) has adopted a consultative model of service. The focus is on empowering teachers to intervene effectively with pupils whose needs range from mild to severe and transient to enduring.

Psychologists use a problem solving and solution focused consultative approach to maximise positive outcomes for these pupils. NEPS encourages schools to use a continuum based assessment and intervention process whereby each school takes responsibility for initial assessment, educational planning and remedial intervention for pupils with learning, emotional or behavioural difficulties.

Teachers may consult their NEPS psychologist should they need to at this stage in the process. Only in the event of a failure to make reasonable progress, in spite of the school's best efforts in consultation with NEPS, will the psychologist become involved with an individual child for intensive intervention.

This process has been advised and communicated to schools in the following guidelines and resource materials:


INformation for Primary Schools

Special Education Needs - A Continuum of Support

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Special Educational Needs A Continuum of Support - Guidelines for teachers - Primary Schools

The focus of the guidelines is on the process schools and teachers may use to identify and cater for the special educational needs of individual pupils in proportion to the impact of those needs on their learning and socialisation.

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Special Educational Needs A Continuum of Support - Resource Pack for Teachers - Primary Schools


Behavioural Emotional and Social Difficulties – A Continuum of Support

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Behavioural, Emotional and Social Difficulties, A Continuum of Support - Primary Schools





Friends for Life NEPS

The FRIENDS programmes are school-based anxiety prevention and resilience building programmes developed by Dr Paula Barrett from Australia. The World Health Organisation cites ‘FRIENDS for Life’ as one of the few evidence-based programme for anxiety in children that is effective at all levels of intervention (WHO, 2004).
FRIENDS programmes support teachers to teach children and young people how to develop effective strategies to cope with, problem-solve and manage worry, stress, change and anxiety. Skills learned throughout the programme help pupils cope with problems that can arise as part of school life and dilemmas they may experience in later life.
FRIENDS programmes can be run by teachers as a whole class programme, or as a small group or one to one intervention.

FRIENDS is an acronym for the skills taught throughout the programme:
• Feelings.
• Remember to Relax. Have quiet time.
• Inner helpful thoughts
• Explore Solutions and Coping Step Plans.
• Now reward yourself! You’ve done your best!
• Do it every day. Don’t forget to practice.
• Stay Strong and talk to your support networks!
More information on the programmes can be found via links below.
Presentation on NEPS’ research on the implementation of FRIENDS by Irish Primary teachers:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JHYNhUlyyPA
Irish Primary and Post Primary teachers/principals’ reflections of the FRIENDS
programmes:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kDj1ny98hp0

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