Kildare Education Centre - Ionad Oideachas Cill Dara


Date:  Saturday 24th February 2018 (9.30am-4.30pm)

Facilitator:  Tony Hayes

A one day course aimed at Junior Certificate Mathematics Teachers who wish to engage with the solving of problems in familiar and unfamiliar contexts.

This is a follow up to Problems in Familiar and Unfamiliar Contexts 1 delivered in Kildare Education Centre on Saturday 14 October 2017. However attendance at Problems in Familiar and Unfamiliar Contexts 1 is not a prerequisite for attendance at Problems in Familiar and Unfamiliar Contexts 2.

The Junior Certificate Mathematics Syllabus for examination from 2016 contains a section in each of the five strands entitled “Synthesis and Problem Solving Skills.” One of the learning outcomes in this section states that students should be able to “Apply their Knowledge and Skills to Solve Problems in Familiar and Unfamiliar Contexts.”

This one day course aims at providing teachers of Junior Certificate Mathematics with a bank of questions which will aid them in achieving this goal.

The questions provided:

Ø  Range across the five strands of the Junior Certificate Syllabus.

Ø  Range across the three years of the Junior Certificate Cycle.

Ø  Allow students engage in tasks for which the solutions are not immediately obvious.

Ø  Are suitable for a wide range of abilities.

Ø  Can be scaffolded to cater for differentiated learning.

Ø  Can be solved by a variety of approaches and methods.

Ø  Link material from a number of strands.

Ø  Can be used to introduce and develop other concepts.

There will be ample opportunity for participants to engage with the material by working through examples and discussing the solutions and there will be full worked solutions to many of the examples.

 A PDF version of the presentation will be made available to all participants via email on completion of the course.

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Course date: 24-02-2018 9:30 am
Course End Date: 24-02-2018 4:30 am
Cut off date: 23-02-2018 12:00 am
Capacity: 25
Registered: 18
Individual Price: Free
Location: Kildare Education Centre

PDST Post Primary Literacy Clusters

A two-hour session for post-primary teachers and school leaders interested in supporting the development of literacy, hosted in your local education centre from February 2018.

This cluster will:
•  support communities of practice to share their experiences and exchange ideas

•  aim to develop the leadership capacity of link teachers as they work within the context of a dynamic, progressive and collaborative group of professionals committed to improving students’ learning in literacy

•  discuss the process of critically engaging in “regular review” of embedding literacy skills through School Self Evaluation and the Statements of Practice

•  reflect on SSE Update 10 and the Interim Review of the National Strategy in connection to literacy

VENUE                                         DATE                   TIME
 Limerick Education Centre          20th February       5-7pm
 Tralee Education Centre             21st February       5-7pm
 Athlone Education Centre           22nd February      5-7pm
 Blackrock Education Centre       26th February       5-7pm
 Drumcondra Education Centre   27th February       5-7pm
 Kilkenny Education Centre         01st March            5-7pm
 Clare Education Centre              06th March           5-7pm
 Mayo Education Centre             15th March            5-7pm
 Sligo Education Centre              21st March            5-7pm

To register a place on your local cluster please log onto and search under the key heading for ‘ PP Literacy Clusters’

If you have any difficulties registering please contact Margaret Mary Grant in Laois Education Centre on 0578672405 or at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Course date: 26-02-2018 5:00 pm
Course End Date: 26-02-2018 7:00 pm
Capacity: 25
Registered: 0
Individual Price: Free
Location: Blackrock Education Centre

Beidh ceardlanna ar an mBéaltriail agus Seachtain na Gaeilge á reáchtáil ag an tSFGM (PDST) sna hIonaid Oideachais go luath.

Sa cheardlann seo:

•   déanfar forbhreathnú ar an leagan amach atá ar an mBéaltriail ag leibhéal na hArdteistiméireachta.
•   déanfar forbhreathnú ar na gnéithe is suntasaí a bhaineann leis an labhairt a fhorbairt agus a mheas.
•   tabharfar samplaí praiticiúla de straitéisí, acmhainní agus féidearthachtaí don seomra ranga Gaeilge agus don scoil a spreagfaidh úsáid na Gaeilge don Bhéaltriail agus le linn Sheachtain na Gaeilge

Lean an nasc chun clárú ar líne agus áit a chur in áirithe ar an gcúrsa


Course date: 26-02-2018 6:00 pm
Course End Date: 26-02-2018 8:00 pm
Capacity: 25
Registered: 0
Individual Price: Free
Location: Kildare Education Centre

The 2018 annual conference of the Computers in Education Society of Ireland (CESI) will take place on 3rd March 2018 at the DCU St. Patrick’s Campus, Dublin. The theme for this year’s conference is “Shaping Tomorrow Today”.

The conference is preceded on March 2nd by the CESI Teachmeet.

For more information and to book your place please go to

Course date: 03-03-2018 9:00 am
Course End Date: 03-03-2018 4:00 pm
Capacity: Unlimited
Registered: 0
Individual Price: €65.00

Please note:- Attendance is limited to 3 teachers per school



Date:  Wed 7th March 2018 (5pm-7pm)


Facilitator:  JCT Subject Specialist

This 2-hour evening workshop:

1.    Is aimed at teachers of English/Science/Business Studies that will be facilitating a Subject Learning and Assessment Review meeting in their school in the academic year 2017/2018.

2.      Will explore key considerations for the facilitator before, during and after a SLAR.

3.      Aims to further complement facilitation skills developed in core JCT subject in-service.

               4.      Provide advice, support and resources to facilitators in their work. 

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Course date: 07-03-2018 5:00 pm
Course End Date: 07-03-2018 7:00 pm
Cut off date: 06-03-2018 12:00 am
Capacity: 55
Registered: 43
Individual Price: Free
Location: Kildare Education Centre

Dates:  Wed 7th March, 14th March & 21st March 2018 (7pm-9pm)

Facilitator:  Ann-Marie Ireland

Within this ‘Teacher Breathing Space’ course, you are offered that all important space to:

  • address stress in the life of the teacher/school leader and offer practices to alleviate this stress and improve your well-being
  • address the term ‘self-care’ and look at your life in terms of renewal both personally and professionally through mindfulness and well-being practices as well as reflecting upon patterns of thinking and habitual behaviour
  • pause, notice and breathe through engaging in simple, short practices in mindful awareness and learning how to bring these practices into your daily life in simple, practical ways
  • engage in short CBT exercises that can help to identify your stressors and ‘declutter’ your mind
  • learn how to appreciate the present moment in order to cultivate a more enriched and fuller life each day

 This course is focused upon the teacher’s needs in terms of your emotional and mental well-being, with a passionate belief that in any school community, the very essence and foundation of all teaching and learning begins with the educator and so this course strives to bring care and attention to the teacher/school leader in order to create an improved and enjoyable work/life balance for you.  Whilst the life of the teacher will be looked at in terms of their well-being, this course will not be covering classroom lesson plans or practices. 

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Course date: 07-03-2018 7:00 pm
Course End Date: 21-03-2018 9:00 pm
Cut off date: 06-03-2018 12:00 am
Capacity: 25
Registered: 17
Individual Price: Free
Location: Kildare Education Centre

On 16 Sep 2017, the Computer Education Society of Ireland (CESI) hosted a Computer Science Symposium at NUI Maynooth and a Computer Science Community of Practice was launched at the event.  Kildare Education Centre, as part of the Association of Teachers’/Education Centres in Ireland (ATECI) is partnering CESI to host such a Community of Practice.

This is the third such event to take place in Kildare Education Centre. At this session you can find out how to introduce digital technology into your classroom and enjoy the benefit of the wisdom and support of your colleagues. This event is suitable for primary and post-primary teachers and we are looking forward to a great mix of both. This event will give you a chance to address personal needs, build relationships with other stakeholders and discuss issues relating to the development and practice of computing in education. There will also be a workshop activity to develop personal knowledge of computing and computational thinking. Further work on WeDo and MicroBits will feature.

For more detailed information please click here.

Facilitator:  Richard Millwood. Presenters: Frank Tormey & Keith Quille


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Course date: 08-03-2018 7:00 pm
Course End Date: 08-03-2018 9:00 pm
Cut off date: 08-03-2018 12:00 am
Capacity: 15
Registered: 3
Individual Price: Free
Location: Kildare Education Centre

Kildare Education Centre, in partnership with IT Tallaght, is delighted to offer an intorduction to the BBC micro:bit. This hands-on course will give you an Introduction to the micro:bit and a more advanced insight into its potential uses all in the same day. The micro:bit is essentially a programmable computer, The micro:bit is an ARM-based embedded system designed by the BBC for use in computer education in the UK. The micro:bit aligns very well with the new leaving certificate in computer science, especially the Applied Learning Task 4, but the micro:bit can equally be introduced into the primary classroom. It can be  programmed in several languages, some of which include,, Java Script and Python. This again aligns very well with the new leaving certificate subject.

The day is broken into two sections, at approximately two hours each.


  • Introduction to the micro:bit
  • Coding the micro:bit
  • Inputs and sensors built into the micro:bit (Radio, temperature, motion, light intensity, g force and many more)
  • Variables
  • Conditional Statements
  • Communication of micro:bits (using the radio)


  • Breadboards and the micro:bit
  • Basic circuits
  • Digital outputs on a micro:bit
  • Digital inputs on a micro:bit (using a pir motion sensor)
  • Analogue outputs
  • Analogue inputs

Tutor:  Keith Quille

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Course date: 14-04-2018 10:00 am
Course End Date: 14-04-2018 3:00 pm
Cut off date: 12-04-2018 12:00 am
Capacity: 30
Registered: 5
Individual Price: Free
Location: Kildare Education Centre

Kildare Education Centre

Address: Friary Road, Kildare Town, Co Kildare,
                R51 KN66.

Phone: 045-530200 Fax: 045-530237

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