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BLAST Arts in Education 2023

BLAST 2022 Applications Now Open

The aim of this scheme is to give pupils in schools all over the country the opportunity to work with a professional artist on unique projects.  

To view the promotional video for TAP+ and BLAST click HERE.

This initiative supports children and young people for the future, where skills like the ability to connect and collaborate with others, engage in creative and critical thinking and practice inclusivity at every level will be paramount to peace, stability, sustainable economic growth and equality.

BLAST Guidelines and Application Form are below:

BLAST Guidelines - English - click here

BLAST Guidelines - Gaeilge - click here

BLAST Application Form - English - click here 

BLAST Application Form - Gaeilge - click here

BLAST Approved Artists - click here

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ICT Courses

Kildare Education Support Centre, in association with PDST Technology in Education, are in a position to support ICT CPD opportunities which can be tailored to your school’s staff needs.

The training can be scheduled to be delivered in your own school (minimum 10 teachers, but smaller schools can cluster together to make up this minimum number requirement).

The level of training can range from 2.5 hours to a 20 hour programme delivered over a number of sessions or can accommodate a formal ICT support group.

The above courses can be used for Croke Park hours.

If you have any queries or would like Kildare Education Support Centre to hold any particular ICT workshop please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call Vivienne at 045-530200.











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Concern Primary Debates 2022-23 Calendar

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Picker Pals 2022-2023

How Picker Pals Works :-

1. Classrooms receive a special delivery of the Picker Pals programme complete with books, songs and activities and the unique Picker Pack, containing adult and child litter-picking equipment.

2. Each week a child brings home the Picker Pack and leads their family on a litter-picking adventure in their local community.

3. Children take pride in their action through sharing their story with their teacher and classmates.

4. Picker Pals continually motivates the children throughout the school year with quizzes, competitions and Picker Pals TV episodes.

For more detailed information, please click on attached brochure (see below)

Additional information of this programme can be gathered from either of these sites:- or

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LC2021 Accredited Grades On-Line Survey of Post-Primary Teachers


Online Survey of Post-Primary Teachers


Leaving Certificate 2021 Accredited Grades

Teachers’ Experiences and Reflections


If you would like to participate in this survey, please log on to:


Thank you

Audrey Doyle, Zita Lysaght and Michael O’Leary

Dublin City University

November 2021

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