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The Hour of Code is a global initiative aimed at increasing awareness and participation in coding and is particularly focused on children at school-going age. This year’s Hour of Code occurs from 7th-13th December and we are encouraging all schools to get involved.

What’s needed to get involved?

  1. Go to
  2.  Register your school online via the orange sign upbutton
  3. Get your students coding by hitting the orange try itbutton.


It’s really that simple! Teachers just need to be able to get their students to the website above. After clicking the “try it” button students will be guided by videos and demonstrations to build their first game. Teachers are not required to have any experience of coding and the website makes learning extremely easy for the students with age-appropriate material.

It’s surprisingly easy and a set of Teacher’s Notes is provided if the teacher wants to get involved at a deeper level.

This is an ideal opportunity to get your class involved in coding and areas such as Star Wars, Minecraft and Frozen characters will keep the students engaged. It’s simple, it’s fun and it’s free.


Remember, there’s absolutely no technical knowledge required and students will work their way through the website at their own pace in roughly an hour. Go for it!

A fantastic Team Maths Workshop for primary teachers was held in Co. Wexford Education Centre this evening featuring IZAK9. Local tutors Eamonn Barrett and Derek MacDonald showcased a range of co-operative learning strategies that engage pupils in maths. Teachers particularly enjoyed the hands on elements of the course. For more information about one of the resources used in the workshop, see 

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Clay Craft for the Classroom (with a Christmas Theme)

Mon 23rd November from 4.00 to 6.00 pm                                     

Tutor: Patricia Howard

Get started early in preparing for Christmas with this workshop on clay crafts for the classroom. Each participating school will receive a copy of Patricia’s book ‘Ball to Bowl: Projects in Clay’.


Team Maths

Thur 26th November from 4.00 to 6.00 pm

Tutors: Derek McDonald & Eamonn Barrett

This workshop will explore a number of co-operative learning strategies in Maths for pupils of all age groups in the primary school. Each participating school will be able to borrow ISAK9 from the centre (see for more details).



Thur 26th November from 5.00 to 6.00 pm

Tutor: Brigid Sinnott

Any educator or student can facilitate the 30-minute session as students practice on a Mini Anne Plus manikin while watching and learning CPR skills on a DVD. Participants will be able to share the use of a "CPR in Schools Training Kit" which empowers students to learn the core skills of CPR in a 30 minute lesson.


Education about Religions and Beliefs (ERB) NCCA Discussion Group

Mon 30th November from 4.00 to 6.00 pm

Facilitator: Colm O'Cadhain


This discussion group is one of a series taking place in education centres around the country. The purpose of the sessions is to hear teachers’ views and explore their views on proposals for the new curriculum in Education about Religions and Beliefs (ERB) and Ethics.



Co. Wexford Education invites you to our inaugural South East Regional Conference 'INSPIRE & ENGAGE: Powerful Ideas for Today's Classroom' on Sat 17th October from 9.30 am to 2.00 pm. Our keynote speaker is Dr. Patrick Prendergast, Provost, Trinity College, Dublin.

Please request a booking form by e-mailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Presentations include:

The Impact of the Webster-Stratton Incredible Years Teacher Classroom Management (TCM) Programme on Teaching and Learning in Co. Wexford Schools by Theresa Newman



Using a Computer Game to Inspire Primary School Students with Complex Needs to Manage Their Emotions by Anna Marie Cullen



A Policy Archaeology of the Introduction of Anti-Transphobic and Anti-Homophobic Bullying Guidelines into The Irish Primary Education System by Susan Bailey



How Can We Improve Literacy and Comprehension in Children by Marian J. Lucey Sheane



Implementing an Intervention to Improve Vocabulary in a Group of Third Class Pupils with Language Difficulties by Louise Kinsella



Teaching Comprehension to Pupils with Learning Difficulties by Aoife Brennan



Supporting Self-directed Learning in Senior Cycle English Lessons by Muireann Nagle



Are We Having Fun? The Neuroscience of Learning and its Application to Enquiry Based Learning by Gráinne Mulcahy



A Continuum of Support, Collaboration and Co-teaching: A Post-Primary Case Study by Sean O’Leary



An Investigation into the Uptake and Implementation of Aistear: The Early childhood Curriculum Framework within The Infant Classes in Primary Schools in Co. Wexford by Kevina Ryan



The Implementation of Outreach Programmes Focused on Engineering at Primary Level by Olive Walsh



The merits of using reward strategies in the classroom and how to maximise their effectiveness by Conor Howlin



Inspiring Innovative and Creative Failures to Counteract Unhealthy Perfectionism by Denise Nolan



Putting Racism on the Agenda in Initial Teacher Education in Ireland: Utilising the Pedagogy of Discomfort to Name Privilege and Support Transformative Pedagogy by Thérèse Hegarty & Aoife Titley



Learning to Teach and Teaching to Learn: The Design of an Online Intervention to Support Student Teachers’ Learning in Today’s Classroom by Alan Gorman



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This week, Co. Wexford Education Centre hosted a very successful printmaking workshop and book launch.
A local group of artists with considerable experience within education have produced volume one of 'CRAFTS FOR THE CLASSROOM' which contains three books published by Potter's Yard Press and edited by Ultan Cowley. Each book covers a different strand of the primary art curriculum.
1) ‘Ball to Bowl’ by Patricia Howard covers the evolution of a basic shape, the ball which via skillful manipulation and mastery of technique develops into a variety of increasingly sophisticated but related shapes through 13 inspiring lessons. 
2) ‘Fabric and Fibre’ by Máiread Holohan is an excellent way to reinforce understanding of colour, tone, shape, texture, pattern and rhythm in a fun and practical manner by working through these 14 colourful lessons in the art of textiles. 
3) ‘Primary Printmaking’ by Orla Bates offers an introduction to a range of basic printing techniques which are easy to use in the classroom including monoprint, relief printing, and collographs through 12 exciting lessons.
Margaret Jacob and Noreen Moloney represented our management committee and welcomed everyone to the occasion. They congratulated the artists on their craft knowledge and the quality of the publications. Margaret introduced the editor Ultan Cowley who spoke about the concepts behind the development of these resources. Each book is extremely well laid out, user-friendly and accessible.
More information about these valuable resources is available at Books can be purchased online or alternatively are available to buy in Co. Wexford Education Centre.
Co. Wexford Education Centre looks forward to running further art workshops over the coming months.