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PDST Health and Wellbeing National Seminar


Keynote Address: Shane Martin

Working on Happiness, Enhancing Health:

Evidence Based Strategies Linked to a Better Quality of Life


Workshops will include:  

·         Teacher Wellbeing - The Flow Workshop, Gratitude Stations

·         Teacher Wellbeing and the Post-Primary Curriculum

·         Mental Health: A Whole School Approach

·         Teacher Wellbeing - Mindfulness

·         Primary Curriculum - Emotional Literacy through Visual Arts

·         Teacher Wellbeing - Yoga and Meditation

·         Teacher Wellbeing - Physical Literacy

·         Teacher Wellbeing and Curriculum - Just for Fun Orienteering

·         HSE - Health Promotion School


Date: Saturday 7th May 2016

Time: 9.30 am to 4.30pm

Venue: Killashee House Hotel, Naas


For further workshop details and to register for this course please go to




As teachers, we know that pupils often struggle with the real-life problem solving demands of measurement. These two hands-on workshops will help teachers develop pupils’ conceptual understanding of measurement, through engagement in child-centred activities, enabling pupils to communicate, reason and solve practical measurement problems, in real-life contexts. Opportunities for home-school linkage in measures will also be explored as well as a range of assessment strategies. Workshop 1: Explore how pupils develop their conceptual understanding of Length, Area and Weight, followed by engaging in a range of practical activities, examining the opportunities for genuine linkage and integration of measures across the curriculum. Workshop 2: This follow-on workshop explores how pupils develop their conceptual understanding of Capacity, Time and Money. The practical activities are designed to engage all pupils in seeing the real-life application of measures. Finally, teachers will examine a range of methods to assess pupils’ ability to reason and problem solve in measures.

 This  is a 2 day workshop 

10th May &17th May 4.15pm-6.45pm

Booking on

Post-primary workshop for PE teachers.

Assessing Students Fundamental Movement Skills in PE.

Venue: Creagh College, Gorey

Date: Monday 25th April 2016

Time: 5.30 pm to 7.30 pm 

Presenter: Emma Bunworth

This workshop will provide teachers with the tools to assess their student’s fundamental movement skills, what areas of movement they are excelling in, and what areas may need further attention. Using six norm reference tests which are easily administered through peer assessment, this lesson will not only help the teacher develop a profile on their students, but also help them to gather the necessary information to plan for future learning. The session will involve use of IT in the P.E. class and provide an overview of some useful apps to use in class.


If teachers have an Ipad or tablet it is advised that they bring it along to make the most of the session.

Booking procedure:

Please select Health&Wellbeing from the drop down subject list.

Queries only: Christine 053-92-39105 


Looking for practical classrooms strategies to teach and assess reading fluency? Would you like to improve the standard of reading fluency in your school? PDST is delighted to offer this workshop in your local Education Centre


 Develop an understanding of reading fluency

 Explore a variety of effective fluency strategies to enhance reading

 Engage in activities to support and assess reading fluency strategies

 Introduce participants to the Fluency Development Lesson (FDL) Model


This workshop is suitable for all class teachers and support teachers To book a place on this course please go to


5th Annual Research Conference 2016

Saturday 15th October 2016


 Waterford Teachers’ Centre, Kilkenny Education Centre and Co. Wexford Education Centre are currently accepting proposals for presentations and full papers for consideration for publication in the Conference Journal.

KEYNOTE SPEAKER: Prof. Willie Donnelly, President Waterford Institute of Technology.

Venue: Waterford Teachers Centre, Newtown Rd, Waterford.

The theme of the Conference is

‘The Visionary Practitioner: Learning from the Research’.

We encourage the submission of proposals and papers that address this topic as it relates to pre-school, primary school, post-primary school and/or further education. Proposals and papers should emphasise research and practice in teaching and learning with a focus on the uses of innovative learning strategies.

Please submit a short abstract (maximum 200 words) to include title, field of study and presenter’s application form together with your full academic titles to:

E-mail Address: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Postal Address: Louise Madigan, Conference Co-ordinator, Waterford Teachers Centre, Newtown Rd, Waterford. Please e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for an application form.



Closing Date for Abstract Submission: Friday 24th June 2016