Projects - Education Centre Kildare

On Reflection

Harness the power of purposeful reflection 

This project was undertaken by three Local Teachers who love education and value the power of reflective practice.

Reflective practice, that is exciting and energising, is required within an education system that is increasingly globalised and constantly changing. Reflective practice positively develops an individual’s awareness of their own agency and capacity to flourish, alongside their understanding of how education systems will only thrive through collaboration and interdependence. 

 However, the opportunity to reflect purposefully is often overlooked. Therefore, we aimed to journey beyond the ‘reflective journal’ monoculture that often constitutes reflective practice. Our goal, a move towards more inclusive reflective dialogue and strategies; encouraging everyone in education to reflect, not just in subjects, but also as subjects, of their own inherent talents.

Explore the dynamic reflective practice strategies we devised, tested and optimised over the last two years. We believe their flexibility allows them weave seamlessly into a myriad of pedagogical contexts. Discover the untapped well of inspiration reflective practice can offer. 

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STEAM Weekly Challenge

Kildare Education Centre and Ms. Niamh Brady are delighted to Launch the Weekly STEAM Challenge.

Starting on Wednesday 20th May we will release a STEAM Challenge each week. This can be included in your plan for the following week.

Students can get their parents/guardians to send a picture or video of their project and tag us on Twitter @KECtweet using the #KildareSTEAMChallenge or email entries of This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for a chance to win a €20 One4All voucher.

Week 1: Closing date for entries - 29th May 2020


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Assessment of Transversal Skills in STEM is an innovative policy experimentation project  being conducted across 8 EU countries and involving a partner network of 12 educational institutions.

It aims to enhance digital assessment of second level students’ transversal skills in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics



ATS STEM consists of three phases: the pre-experimentation phase (research and development and detailed planning in partner institutions), the experimentation phase (field trials and evaluation at schools) and the post-experimentation phase (data analysis, reporting and exploitation).

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Kildare Education Support Centre has 13 schools involved in the Pilot Phase of this project -  2020/2021 school year.

7 Primary (5th and 6th class) and

6 Post Primary (1st and 2nd Year).

For further information on the project please visit: ATS STEM | Ireland 

ATS STEM website

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IZAC9 Project


Kildare Education Centre is currently running and IZAC9 initiative for 5th and 6th class Teachers.


Izak9 takes the form of a box of 27 colourful cubes accompanied by an online support area of tasks and questions most suitable for children between the ages of 8 and 14. 



Taking part in the initiative involves at least 2 teachers signing up for a series of training sessions in Kildare Education Centre over the rest of this school year. The number and content of the training will be decided based on the needs of participants.


The school then get the use of the IZAC9 cubes for the remainder of the school year (to be returned to Kildare Education centre in June 2020).


This is all provided free to schools.

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We will be looking for 8 more school to take up this opportunity in 2020/2021 school year.


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chess is a national network of primary teachers promoting chess in their schools. teachers promote chess for the social, cognitive and mental-fitness benefits it has for students in their schools. teachers use chess as a tool to teach through and an opportunity for their students to develop new skills and values.
The website contains resources for teachers to introduce chess into their schools such as beginner lessons and videos as well as advice on where chess sets and teaching aids can be purchased - volunteers regularly facilitate summer and evening chess courses on introducing chess into schools through education centres. advocates the setting up of a winter chess league to provide students with the opportunity to practice the skills of impulse control, patience and acceptance of defeat in a low-risk environment. The values of practice and learning a new skills are emphasised at this stage.
In partnership with Kildare Education Centre, volunteers organise one-day regional chess tournaments for participating schools. Schools enter teams of chess players and these teams wear their school jerseys/colours. The regional tournaments are an opportunity for students to understand the value of respect, teamwork and representation. To enhance the value of excellence volunteers organise a one-day competitive tournament for teams who perform outstandingly in chess at each regional tournament. 
For more information on tournament for Kildare Education Centre schools click here. 

Chess, Primary Chess Festival

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The ESCI (Education Support Centres Ireland) website pulls in courses from Education Centres all over the country allowing you view all courses taking place nationwide.

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