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A new Health and Safety Authority (HSA) safety resource for primary schools entitled ‘Under the Sink’ is now available to download on its website


This ready to use resource is designed to raise awareness amongst younger children of the dangers of household chemicals. ‘Under the Sink’ is a short, clear, on-line presentation, designed for use on the classroom whiteboard and comes with useful teacher guidelines, including a lesson plan and suggestions for follow up cross-curricular activities. While the resource is most closely linked to SPHE curriculum objectives for first and second classes, with a little adaptation, it links with curriculum objectives at other class levels and can also be used by teachers of infant or senior classes as an awareness-raising tool. This resource will also shortly be available, as Gaeilge.

Please note: it is anticipated that all events will run in Co. Wexford Education and outreach venues on Tues 6th March.

The Centre is operating in a limited capacity on Mon 5th March.

All events booked in Co. Wexford Education Centre for Wednesday 28th Feb and Thursday 1st March have been cancelled or re-scheduled for a later date. Participants to be notified of new dates in due course.

For primary school participants scheduled to attend the Primary Language Curriculum CPD on Fri 2nd March, please monitor instructions from the Department of Education & Skills re. school closures. In the event of school closures in the relevant schools, any corresponding CPD on Fri 2nd March will be cancelled. 

Depending on weather conditions, the offices of Co. Wexford Education Centre may not be open from Wed 28th Feb to Fri 1st March.



About: Free weekly competition for second level students nationwide.

Topics: Democracy & participation, health & wellness, environment & waste management, careers, courses, etc.

Rewards: 24 students will win free 4-day trip to European parliament where they will take part in Euroscola (which is a youth parliament).

Remaining: There are 8 weeks remaining in the current programme.

There are 10 more trips to be won over the remainder of the current programme

There is absolutely no cost to students, parents or their school as all trips are paid for by sponsors.


See last years winners at

The NCCA is looking for primary teachers who are currently coding in their classrooms. If this is you? Are you interested in sharing your coding work with the NCCA? This is an opportunity to meet teachers from other schools who are also using coding, and to learn from each other. The NCCA will share examples of coding on the website as a support to other schools. 

Drawing on the work above, Phase 2 (2018) will involve a network of schools piloting different approaches to integrating coding in the primary curriculum.  


If you are interested in sharing your experiences, let the NCCA know by completing a short survey...

Please note that Co. Wexford Education Centre will open on Tues 17th Oct though all PDST events have been cancelled for today including the Primary Language Curriculum, Post-Primary PE and Maths.

Please note that all events scheduled for Co. Wexford Education Centre on Mon 16th Oct are cancelled. The Centre will be closed on Mon 16th Oct due to a RED weather warning issued by Met Eireann. 

For more details, see

Children are exposed to hundreds of messages every week from media and advertising sources in different forms. Although children are very technologically savvy, they need support to process the messages from media and advertising. Using a cross-curricular whole school approach MediaWise, a media literacy resources for primary schools, helps children to develop their critical thinking and decision-making skills around media. Through a variety of active and interactive lessons, children can learn to be truly media wise. This course aims to outline the cross-curricular objectives of the program while engaging teachers in a number of activities used to promote media awareness throughout the programme. Book online at 
Date: Thurs 19th Oct '17
Venue:  Co. Wexford Education Centre
Time:  4.00 to 6.00 p.m.
Tutor:  Gearóid McCauley

Schools across the world are turning to mindfulness as an antidote for rising stress, emotional dysregulation and attention deficit. School systems that have adopted mindfulness are learning that students and teachers are happier, more focused, emotionally regulated & less affected by stress. 


This 5 week course will give teachers the space to deepen their own mindfulness practice and learn the ways in which mindfulness can be introduced in the classroom to students of various different ages.


Date/s:    Thurs Oct 12th, 19th, 26th & Nov 9th & 16th 2017       


Time:       5.00 p.m. to 7 p.m. (each evening)


Venue:    Co. Wexford Education Centre


Tutor:      Mark Ralph 



Book online at

The School Digital Champion programme is designed to  promote hands-on project based learning and increase the use of digital technology. It provides students with an opportunity to take on a specific challenge which primarily uses digital to solve real issues identified within the school, community or local business setting.


The closing date for receipt of applications to the programme has now been extended to 19th October.


Further details, including the application process can be found at .

The decade 2012-2022 is categorised as the ‘Decade of Centenaries’ as it marks the centenary of a number of important historical events and developments that occurred in the period 1912-1922, and which formed a vital role in the formation of modern Ireland. As part of the ‘Decade of Centenaries’ commemorations, schools and students at all levels of primary and post-primary schools across Ireland are invited, in the 2017-18 school year, to enter the fifth annual schools’ history competition. 

All entries should principally focus on the 1912-1922 period, or a part of it. The competition is open to all primary and post-primary schools. The project can be submitted by a class, a group of students, or an individual student. Full details, and the template cover sheet for projects, will be available to download at The closing date will be Friday, 23rd March 2018, and prizes will be awarded in May that year. Additional forms, posters and information sheets will also be available in your local education centres (list available at, while answers to some commonly asked practical questions about submitting projects will be provided on Scoilnet ( early in 2018.

For more information, see

Fresh Film Festival encourages and supports young filmmakers aged 7 to 18 to tell their stories through the medium of moving pictures. The closing date for receipt of entries in Fri 26th Jan 2018. Information, resources and application forms for Ireland's Young Filmmaker of the Year are available at


PDST has a number of full-time secondment opportunities for teachers in the areas of the Primary Language curriculum and Post-Primary leadership, politics & society and computer science. For more details, see

The Ger Devereux 6km Memorial Walk/Run in aid of the Irish Heart Foundation will take place on Sunday 10th September 2017. Registration takes place at 10 am at Co. Wexford Education Centre, Milehouse Road, Enniscorthy. The walk begins at 11 am. All donations welcome via online, sponsorship cards or on the day. For more information, contact Michael Devereux 087 292 7138. The facebook page is

Please contact our Facebook page or Michael's phone number (0872927138) for sponsorship cards, or use online donation at the following link or donate on the day. 

A panel is due to be created to fill vacancies that arise for full-time secondment opportunities for the following advisor positions in The Arts Council/An Chomhairle Ealaíon (i) Primary and Early Childhood Education Adviser and (ii) Post-Primary Education Adviser.

Scoileanna Ildánacha/Creative Schools will be a key programme under Pillar One of Creative Ireland 2017-2022: Enabling the Creative Potential of Every Child. Creative Schools will give expression to this goal as part of an integrated implementation plan for arts in education and draws on the commitments set out in the Arts in Education Charter.

For further details on these positions including a job description and application form, please go to This information is also available upon request from This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The closing date for applications is Wednesday, July 5th at 12p.m.

Co. Wexford Education Centre collaborates with Maynooth University and a cluster of post-primary schools on the CPD programme ‘Teaching and Learning for the Twenty-First Century’(TL21). The programme is being extended for a further two-year cycle starting in September 2017.

The programme has a number of key aims, including:

1.      To address the isolation and insulation that teachers can, and do, experience in their day-to-day professional lives.

2.      To strengthen (post-primary) teachers’ capacities as the “authors” of their own work – to encourage and support them in actively engaging with a wider repertoire of active teaching strategies.

3.      To encourage students to become more active and responsible participants in their own learning.

Co. Wexford Education Centre plans to work with up to 5/6 new schools for the next two year cycle. I would like to invite you and/or representatives from your school to an Information Meeting in Co. Wexford Education Centre on:

Wed 29th March from 5 pm to 7 pm

Staff from three schools who participated in the 2015-2017 cycle will make 15 minute presentations outlining their projects during the meeting. These presentations include:

(1) Coláiste an Átha, Kilmuckridge

Theme: Developing a modified vocabulary enrichment programme for First Years

(2) Meán Scoil Gharman, Brownswood, Enniscorthy

Theme: Fostering the reading of novels in Irish among First Years and Second Years.

(3) Gorey Community School

Theme: Promoting independent student learning in Second Year Science, using/testing a variety of teaching methodologies

What is involved for those schools participating?

·         This is a two year programme.

·         There will be 5 workshop sessions in a school year, all taking place from 5.00pm – 7.00pm.

·         Tea/Coffee etc will be available from 4.30pm.

·         No substitution or travel expenses are available from either Co. Wexford Education Centre or the university.

·         The programme is not a series of lectures, but rather it is based on a collaborative and action research approach.

·         Each school may like to suggest the themes or aspects of teaching and learning they would like to address: e.g. assessment, AfL strategies, co-operative learning etc.

·         Each participating school will have the opportunity to progress the theme in their own school and report back on progress to the whole group of schools participating in the programme.

·         No more than five representatives per school, including Principal or Deputy Principal.

·         Accreditation is available for teachers’ interested (Maynooth University Diploma and Masters route).

Please e-mail the name and contact details of any attendee(s) interested in attending the Information Meeting on 29th March. E-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

A number of positions are available for the 2017/2018 school year. For more details, see

You are cordially invited to the Annual General Meeting (AGM) of Co. Wexford Education Centre on Monday 27th February 2017 at 6 p.m. in Co. Wexford Education Centre, Milehouse Road, Enniscorthy, Co. Wexford.

The Trinity Access 21 projects ( aim to support cultural and pedagogical change within schools and build teacher capacity to leverage technology in creating active, engaged classrooms. One of the ways we are doing this is through a TCD, Level 9, Postgraduate Certificate in 21st Century Teaching and Learning.


If sufficient numbers are interested, some of the modules may be run locally in Co. Wexford Education Centre. There will be an information session for interested teachers in Co. Wexford Education Centre at 5 pm on Thursday 15th Sept. To register for the information session, please e-mail your name, mobile and school address toThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Participating teachers return to the classroom as Trinity students for six weekends throughout the year to learn best practice in the use of technology in the classroom and to consider related issues in respect of leadership and change management, inclusive education and school/classroom based research. In addition to four core modules, students take two additional modules choosing among STEM pedagogy, computer programming, and information literacy offerings.


The course commitment includes attendance on six modules and each module runs on a Friday evening and a full Saturday. Additionally, Certificate participants complete one assignment for each module. Each assignment draws on critical analysis, reflective thinking and classroom-based praxis, so the course material is both academically engaging and practically focused.


Applications are now open for the 2016/17 Certificate and we are pleased to offer the subsidised rate of €498 for the course (inclusive of application charge, graduation fee, and complete course tuition) to applicants who apply before 11th September 2016. 


·       A video describing the course is available here:

·       The PG Cert Course Application link is here:

·       There is a non-refundable charge of €55 to make an application.

·       The 2015/16 PG Cert Course Handbook is available here:


·       Course queries may be directed to the Course Administrator: Megan Kuster - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; 01 896 4398.

High-quality education is something we take for granted here in Ireland but, sadly, that is not the case the world over. Recent studies show that as many as 123 million children and adolescents are out of school. That’s where VSO Ireland comes in – we’re a development organisation that works through volunteers in 24 countries across Africa, Asia and the Pacific. We understand that education is a massive contributor to poverty, and so are working to end the global teacher shortage and improve teacher quality and school management. There are always opportunities for Primary Teachers, Teacher Trainers, Inspection Advisors and Education Managers, just like you, to implement our education programmes overseas.

So why are we particularly interested in reaching teachers through the Wexford Education Centre? Well, the WEC’s mission statement – “to work with teachers, parents, management and all partners in education in develop and strengthen teaching and learning capacity so as to maximise children’s opportunities to achieve their full potential” – very closely resembles our own. Our education volunteers create sustainable change not by teaching in a classroom, but by sharing their knowledge and mentoring teachers, parents and national bodies to improve schooling for marginalised children. Like all of you, we also believe in inclusive education – that no child is excluded from learning because of their gender, disability or background.

Volunteering is a big commitment, no doubt about it, but the personal and professional benefits are endless. Just as you are helping to create sustainable change and improve the lives of marginalised children and adults, you are also developing new skills and improving your career prospects. Claire Nic Ghabann from Co. Monaghan praised her Tanzania placement – “There are more opportunities to practice and develop your leadership and management skills. You get to design, implement and facilitate programmes.” Lisa McMahon from Co. Down similarly had a life-changing experience on her Rwanda placement – “I’m really aware that I’ve learnt a lot and when I get back home I have some valuable things to share with my students.” Volunteering also offers retired teachers the chance to continue doing what they love and give something back.

VSO volunteers are offered a comprehensive support package – flights, accommodation, medical insurance and vaccinations are all covered so you don’t have to worry about expenses if you decide to take the plunge. We’re here to support our volunteers each step of the way, from welcoming you into our Dublin office and organising in-depth training prior to departure to offering a full debrief and invitations to returned volunteers events when you get back.

Last year, VSO volunteers worked with 140 partners to train a total of 78,000 educators and reach 922,000 children and adults. Want to be part of the story and start your own volunteer journey? Visit or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to find out more about current vacancies.