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NIPT Workshops 2015-2016 - 01-Sep-2015

If you are a Newly Qualified Teacher (NQT), you must:

1. Register for the NIPT Workshop Programme 2015-2016 through your local Education Centre

2. Visit the NIPT website www.teacherinduction.ie for information, resources and support

Please note, NQTs who are teaching outside of Ireland should visit the NIPT and ATECI websites for information about alternative arrangements for completing the workshop programme.

You can now register to attend the workshops through Navan Education Centre. Application forms are available on our website under downloadable forms.

Calling Local Course Facilitators - 20-May-2015

Have you a local course which you think would appeal to Primary teachers, Post Primary teachers or both. If so please contact Breda Johnson at bmccabe@ecnavan.ie for further information and to arrange for an application form to be sent to you. Chances are we will agree with your proposal and we can work together in the Autumn term.

Summer Courses 2015 - 28-Apr-2015

You can now register for our Summer Courses. . All Summer Courses must be paid in full in order to secure a place. Please inform staff immediately if you have to cancel your place. A refund will only to given if the cancellation of your place is two weeks prior to course commencement. The refund will be less admin fee of €10
Booking forms can be downloaded from our website (under courses/downloadable forms)

‘Building Safety’ - 23-Apr-2015

Over the past two years, many primary schools across the country have participated in the Health and Safety Authority’s safety awareness projects regarding the issues of ocean safety and farm safety. The voices of children in raising awareness about these very important safety areas have been published in two children’s books, and the strong safety message emanating from these publications has played an important role in encouraging children themselves to be safety aware. It also places a responsibility on parents and adults to listen to that strong voice from children.

This year we are looking for your assistance in encouraging your students to become involved in the theme of safety and construction. In conjunction with the Health and Safety Authority (HSA), Navan Education Centre is organising a Construction Safety art/writing competition and book project for primary school children. The competition is aimed at raising awareness among children and their families and will be of particular interest to those children whose parents are working in the construction industry (builders, brick layers, carpenters, plumbers, roofers, machinery operators and drivers, etc.) An information flyer and the terms and conditions of the competition accompany this letter.

The construction sector in Ireland has a workforce of around 120,000 people directly employed and few families did not have someone employed in the industry over the past decade. This figure is rising again. Construction workers are almost 3 times more likely to be killed while at work compared to the average worker. As part of the Health and Safety Authority campaign to reduce accidents and fatalities in the sector, we ask schools to participate in this important project.

Participating schools are asked to encourage children to discuss health and safety issues at home with their parents and wider family. The Health and Safety Authority values the upward influence that children exert on parents and their wider families to effect changes in safety behaviour.

This project involves three parts: (i) an art/writing competition with €50 prizes for winners in each Education Centre catchment area (ii) participation in a workshop with artists and writers from Kids’ Own Publishing Partnership (iii) the production and publication of a children’s book on life and working in construction. The book will be published and formally launched with the children by the Health and Safety Authority in 2015 in conjunction with Kids’ Own Publishing Partnership and the network of full-time Education Centres.

The competition is divided into four age group categories:
a) Pupils from Junior and Senior Infant classes
b) Pupils from 1st and 2nd classes
c) Pupils from 3rd and 4th classes
d) Pupils from 5th and 6th classes
Schools must short-list entries and are limited to submitting two entries in each category above.

The book will be distributed to all primary schools and libraries nationwide. Primary schools in the Navan Education Centre area will have four winning entries published in the specially commissioned book. All primary schools will receive two free copies of the book in the autumn of 2015, which will be followed up with suggested lesson plans for teachers on how to use the book as a teaching resource.

The HSA has provided over €4,000 in prize money for the nationwide competition. The prize money is exclusively for schools within the network of full time Education Centres. The winning children will receive €50 each, and a Certificate of Achievement from the HSA.

Competition Entries:
Students can submit one of the following: a drawing, a painting, a collage, a photograph, a poem or a short story, with a safety theme about life in construction work. Some suggestions include:

• The life and work of a builder (family perspectives)
• Working at a height (roof, bridge, school, ladders, scaffolding)
• Working around machinery and equipment hazards
• The risks for children in entering construction sites
• Working underground (e.g. pipe laying)
• Other hazards on site (e.g. chemicals or asbestos)
• The use of safety clothing (hard hats, shoes, viz jackets) etc.

Recommendation for Judging Entries:
Key criteria for selecting entries from your school are to focus on individuality, imagination and creative ideas, rather than technical artistic ability.

The relevant entry forms and criteria are attached. The following links also contains all of the relevant documentation to download: www.hsa.ie/education, www.eckilkenny.ie/health-and-safety.

Entries should be posted to Navan Education Centre, Athlumney, Navan, Co. Meath to reach us before 4pm on Friday May 15th 2015.

Forms are available under downloadable forms on our website




Feidhmíonn An tSeirbhís Náisiúnta Tacaíochta Iompraíochta (SNTI) mar chuid den chóras náisiúnta um thacaíocht scoile faoin Roinn Oideachais agus Scileanna a thugann cúnamh do iar-bhunscoileanna féin-roghnaithe maidir le hiompraíocht scoláirí. Déanann an tSeirbhís iompar dearfach le hagaidh foghlaim a chur chun cinn agus a thacú trí chontanam sistéamach tacaíochta, lonnaithe i gcleachtas atá bunaithe ar fhianaise, a sholáthar do phobail scoileanna.
Tá an SNTI mar chuid den tSeirbhís Tacaíochta um Chuimsiú atá nua-bhunaithe faoi choimirce an CNOS.
Ní amháin go mbíonn an SNTI ag tacú le scoileanna comhpháirtithe maidir le hiompraíocht dhushlánach ach, níos tábhachtaí, tugtar cúnamh freisin do scoileanna chun polasaithe, córais, straitéisí agus modhanna chun timpeallachtaí dearfacha teagaisc agus foghlama a fhorbairt agus a chaomhnú. Sé an aidhm a bhaineann leis an modh tacaíochta a bhíonn i bhfeidhm ag an SNTI ná córas uile-scoile de thacaíocht dearfach iompraíochta a chruthú agus a chothabháil, a chuireann iompraíocht agus foghlaim dearfach chun cinn agus a dhéanann iarracht freisin fadhbanna agus iompraíocht neamhchuí a sheachaint. Oibríonn an tseirbhís trí chinnteoireacht chomhoibríoch, bunaithe ar bhunachar sonraí, chun atmaisféar dearfach scoile a chothú.
Faoi láthair, tá roinnt deiseanna náisiúnta iasachta lánaimseartha ag an SNTI do phost mar Oifigeach Forbartha Réigiúnach.
Ní mór do iarratasóirí don phost mar Oifigeach Forbartha Réigiúnach a bheith cáilithe agus ag obair mar mhúinteoirí/leas-phríomhoidí/príomhoidí, lán-chláraithe ag an gComhairle Mhúinteoireachta agus iad fostaithe faoi láthair i bpost aitheanta i scoil atá aitheanta mar bhunscoil nó mar iar-bhunscoil, nó a bheith ar iasacht ón a leithéid de phost.

Is féidir breis eolais faoi na postanna seo a fháil, chomh maith le sonraí poist agus foirm iarratais, ón suiomh www.ecnavan.ie/courses/downloadable forms nó www.nbss.ie

Is é an spriocdháta do iarratais ná 12 nóin, ar an Aoine 8ú Bealtaine, 2015.



The National Behaviour Support Service (NBSS) is part of the Department of Education and Skills’ national framework of school support offering assistance to self-selected post-primary schools in the area of student behaviour. The service promotes and supports positive behaviour for learning through the provision of a systematic continuum of support to school communities, grounded in evidence based practice.
NBSS is included in the new Inclusion Support Service under the auspices of the NCSE.
NBSS support to partner schools not only addresses behavioural challenges but most critically also assists schools in developing and refining policies, systems, strategies and methods for cultivating and maintaining positive teaching and learning environments. The NBSS model of support strives to create and sustain a school-wide system of positive behaviour support that promotes positive behaviour and learning and also seeks to prevent problems or inappropriate behaviour. The service operates through collaborative data-based decision making to build a positive school climate.
NBSS currently has a number of full-time secondment opportunities nationally for the position of Regional Development Officer.
All applicants for the role of Regional Development Officer must be qualified serving teachers/deputy principals/principals, fully registered with the Teaching Council and must currently hold a recognised (instead of full-time) post in a recognised primary or post-primary school or be on secondment from such a position. The Regional Development Officer will provide local, regional and national professional development and support for teachers and school leaders in the promotion of positive behaviour.

For further details on these positions including a job description and application form, please go to www.ecnavan.ie/courses/downloadable forms or www.nbss.ie

The closing date for applications is 12 noon on Friday 8th May, 2015.

Navan Education Centre, Athlumney, Navan | Tel: 046 9067040 | Fax: 046 9067065 | Email: info@ecnavan.ie
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