Why should you attend?

These meetings will give you a chance to address personal needs, build relationships with other local stakeholders and discuss issues relating to the development & practice of computing in education. At meetings we will begin by catching up, then negotiating activities to collaborate on, and finally forming groups to work on those activities.

Activities in the meeting are to address YOUR needs in practice and might include:


Course date 25-02-2019 7:00 pm
Course End Date 25-02-2019 9:00 pm
Capacity 25
Registered 6
Cut off date 22-02-2019
Individual Price Free
Kildare Education Centre
Friary Road
Kildare Education Centre



 This five-part course for primary teachers will look at the following topics:-

Introduction:  legislation, classification of role.
Maths:   resources, methodologies and strategies
English:   resources and methodologies
Assessment:   screening, standardised and diagnostic tests
Team Teaching:   outline, definition, programmes of work and planning
- IPLPs:   formation of individual and group IPLPs 

 Dates:  5 consecutive Wednesdays:  27/02, 06/03, 13/03, 20/03, 27/03/2019

Tutor:    Ann Goggins

Course date 27-02-2019 4:00 pm
Course End Date 27-03-2019 6:00 pm
Capacity 28
Registered 15
Cut off date 26-02-2019 12:00 pm
Individual Price Free
Kildare Education Centre
Friary Road
Kildare Education Centre


Date / Time:  Mon 4th March 2019 (4pm-5.30pm)

Accelerated Reader Programme - Encouraging reading for pleasure through differentiated reading practice.

This programme offers unparalleled opportunity to provide personalised practice for students, offering insight into individual reading habits and abilities, while fostering a lifelong engagement with reading among students.

Schools will be introduced to the Accelerated Reader Programme and its benefits for Literacy development.

Course date 04-03-2019 4:00 pm
Course End Date 04-03-2019 5:30 pm
Capacity 30
Registered 2
Cut off date 03-03-2019 12:00 pm
Individual Price Free
Kildare Education Centre
Friary Road
Kildare Education Centre


 This practical workshop is for schools well advanced with the process and intending on applying for, or wishing to renew, the ASF during 2019.  ALL schools (new applicant and renewal schools) are advised to attend.



All schools in attendance will receive:-


  • Active School WALKWAY resource pack

  • ASF Whistles

  • #ASW19 print materials

  • ASF Slideshow Presentation




Topics include:


  • Running Initiatives

  • Active School WALKWAY

  • Active School Week

  • Preparing for the ASF accreditation visit


On-line booking required via www.activeschoolflag.ie












Course date 07-03-2019 4:00 pm
Course End Date 07-03-2019 6:00 pm
Capacity 30
Individual Price Free
Kildare Education Centre
Friary Road
Kildare Education Centre

Date & Time:  Thurs 7th March 2019, 5pm-7pm

Facilitator:   Teresa Hand-Campbell, M.Sc.

Teresa has 30 years’ experience as a Principal and now works as an Occupational Psychologist, Business Executive & Personal Coach, Mediator & Registered Psychometric Test User 1 & 2 – Ability and Personality (British Psychological Society). Teresa is also a Certified Professional Behavioural Analyst. She is Director of ‘THC Consultancy Ltd’, working extensively across both public and private sectors, helping organisations identify and grow their best talent; helping individuals with their career progression planning, offering motivational Talks, Training, Coaching, lecturing part-time on Masters Programme at Mary Immaculate College and Tutoring on PDSL at University of Limerick base.

  The role of the Principal, Senior & Middle Management Teams in building and maintaining a Resilient Workforce

  • Understanding ‘resilience’ as a concept – personal resilience and organisational resilience.

  • Connecting Resilience and Social & Emotional Intelligence.

  • Are you a ‘resilient’ person?  Learn how to measure and strengthen your resilience levels.

  • How do your ‘resilience’ levels impact your Leadership style, workplace culture and those you lead?

          ·        What are the benefits of ‘resilience’ when managing change, collaborating and building relationships?

Course date 07-03-2019 5:00 pm
Course End Date 07-03-2019 7:00 pm
Capacity 32
Registered 26
Cut off date 06-03-2019 12:00 pm
Individual Price Free
Kildare Education Centre
Friary Road
Kildare Education Centre


Dates / Time:  Thurs 14th & 21st March 2019 (5pm-7pm)

Facilitator:  Catherine Dunphy

Workshop 1.  The Magic of Music will examine the main aspects of the literacy strand and demystify the main rhythm notes via fun stories, practical and simple activities and ideas for lesson plans which have been tried and tested successfully on 1000's of children from ages 4 yrs - 18 years nationwide.

Workshop 2. The Magic of Music will examine the main strands of the composing strand and provide exciting, fun composition exercises that teachers of all musical abilities will be able to use in their classroom.

Click here to visit the Magic of Music YouTube page

Course date 14-03-2019 5:00 pm
Course End Date 21-03-2019 7:00 pm
Capacity 25
Registered 7
Cut off date 13-03-2019 12:00 pm
Individual Price Free
Kildare Education Centre
Friary Road
Kildare Education Centre

The Professional Development Service for Teachers (PDST), in conjunction with Kildare Education Centre, invites schools to nominate a Special Educational Teacher(SET) and one other teacher (maximum) to attend a one-day seminar.  This is a full day seminar for SET and mainstream classroom teachers to further deepen their understanding of inclusive practices and the SEN Guidelines for Primary Schools (2017). The day will be framed around the six actions from these guidelines, including how to identify pupils with SEN, how to set literacy targets, planning team-teaching methods and approaches that may be used to meet the targets and organising early intervention and prevention programmes. 

Please note the following:  

 This seminar is being offered in Kildare Education Centre on Wed 20th and Thurs 21st March 2019 - schools to book in for their preferred seminar date.

Teachers who wish to attend should apply through the PDST online booking system. Click on this link 


The system will allow no more than two teacher registrations from each school. 

Course date 20-03-2019 9:15 am
Course End Date 21-03-2019 3:15 pm
Capacity 26
Individual Price Free
Kildare Education Centre
Friary Road
Kildare Education Centre


Date / Time: Thursday 21st March 2019 (6pm-8pm)

Facilitator:  Susan Gibney

This Information Session on Nurture Group Theory and Practice is an introduction for school personnel on the theory behind Nurture Groups and how to engage in the practice of running a Nurture Group and being a Nurturing School. 

During this session, the following will be addressed:

  • The practicalities of setting up and running a nurture group – early years, primary and secondary.
  • An outline of up-to-date research in attachment theory and neuroscience.
  • Nurture Groups and child development and learning.
  • An introduction to the Boxall Profile and how it is used to refer children and youngpeople, set targets and put in place practical strategies to address the challenges children have.
  • Linking to the curriculum.
  • Developing a whole-school nurturing approach.
  • Monitoring and evaluation through a structured, evidence-based, planned approach.

This Information Session will be of interest to those who wish to set up and run a nurture group. It is also suitable for schools who want to adopt a more nurturing approach while working with children who have any or all of the following: social, emotional and/or behavioural difficulties, low self-confidence, low self-esteem, low resilience, self-regulation difficulties and/or self-expression difficulties.

Following the Information Session, participants will have the opportunity to enrol in a full 'Nurture Group Theory and Practice Course', in Kildare Education Centre, with an option for accreditation as a Nurture Group Practitioner (on submission of an assignment).

Course date 21-03-2019 6:00 pm
Course End Date 21-03-2019 8:00 pm
Capacity 30
Registered 1
Cut off date 20-03-2019
Individual Price Free
Kildare Education Centre
Friary Road
Kildare Education Centre

Dates:  Tues 26th March & Tues 9th April 2019 (7pm-9pm)

Speech and Language Therapy Teacher Workshops

run by Primary Care HSE SLTs

for Learning Support / Resource Teachers and

Junior Infants to 2nd Class Classroom Teachers

Topics covered include:

·         Configuration of services in Kildare / West Wicklow and how to refer

·         What is Developmental Language Disorder (DLD) and how does it present in the classroom

·         Identifying and supporting children with receptive and expressive language, and speech difficulties in the classroom

·         Supporting bilingual and dysfluent children, and children with voice difficulties in the classroom

·         Using resources to support children in small groups and whole class activities

·         Interpreting SLT reports

Course date 26-03-2019 7:00 pm
Course End Date 09-04-2019 9:00 pm
Capacity 30
Registered 27
Cut off date 25-03-2019
Individual Price Free
Kildare Education Centre
Friary Road
Kildare Education Centre


Date / Time:  Wed 27th March 2019 (7pm-9pm)

Facilitator:  Sinéad Nooney

Explore the theme of Easter and spring through a variety of art mediums, in a fun, hands on and relaxed class. Each participant will leave with new ideas and their own samples of work.

Course date 27-03-2019 7:00 pm
Course End Date 27-03-2019 9:00 pm
Capacity 25
Registered 11
Cut off date 26-03-2019 12:00 pm
Individual Price Free
Kildare Education Centre
Friary Road
Kildare Education Centre


The Inspectorate is introducing a new model of inspection called Child Protection and Safeguarding and Inspection. This type of inspection focuses on a school’s compliance with key aspects of the Child Protection Procedures for Primary and Post-Primary Schools 2017.

To familiarise principals with the Child Protection and Safeguarding Inspection model, the Inspectorate is facilitating a number of seminars at a number of Education Centres.  The seminars will provide an overview of key aspects of Child Protection and Safeguarding Inspection including its aims and its features, the checks conducted during the inspection and Child Protection and Safeguarding Inspection reports. Participants at the seminar will have an opportunity to discuss and ask questions about the Child Protection and Safeguarding Inspection model. 

Venue:   Kildare Education Centre  

Date:  Monday 1st April 2019  (1.30pm-3.30pm)   Tea/Coffee on arrival 

Subtitution for PRIMARY Teaching Principals will be paid if required

Course date 01-04-2019 1:30 pm
Course End Date 01-04-2019 3:30 pm
Capacity 60
Registered 60
Cut off date 29-03-2019
Individual Price Free
Kildare Education Centre
Friary Road
Kildare Education Centre


PDST are offering new RSE full-day seminars this term. The focus of the seminar will be primarily on teaching the sensitive elements of RSE from Infants to Sixth class, in the context of Social, Personal and Health Education. The course will be experiential and practical in its approach. 


The seminar will include:

  • An overview of RSE as a core component of SPHE

  • The role and function of an RSE policy

  • Methodologies for teaching RSE 

  • Creating a safe classroom environment


Participants are asked to bring along their own copies of the four RSE books entitled “Resource Materials for Relationships & Sexuality Education”, which are available to download from http://www.pdst.ie/node/811 or purchase from https://www.laoisedcentre.ie/pdstpublications/


One or two teachers per school are invited to attend this seminar. The Department of Education and Skills will provide substitute cover where required. The groups will be limited to 24 participants and places will be allocated on a first come first served basis.


Register to attend this seminar at www.pdst.ie/onlinebooking


Or click on this link: https://pdst.ie/onlinebooking?combine=RSE&subject=Health%20%26%20Wellbeing&ec_name=All&sector=Primary



Course date 02-05-2019 9:15 am
Course End Date 02-05-2019 3:15 pm
Capacity 24
Individual Price Free
Kildare Education Centre
Friary Road
Kildare Education Centre
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