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SUM23-07 “Chess for Social & Cognitive Skills – Ficheall Network”

SUM23-07 “Chess for Social & Cognitive Skills – Ficheall Network”

Date: Monday 14th - Friday 18th August

Time: 9.30 a.m. to 2.00 p.m.

Venue: Navan Education Support Centre 



Chess for Social & Cognitive Skills is like no other summer course as it is extremely hands-on and teacher-centred. Chess is a growing pastime in Irish primary schools with the 350 schools now joined the Ficheall network of teachers promoting chess in primary schools. It is an excellent hobby for students (and teachers) for rainy days and promotes a variety of social and cognitive skills such as respect, forward planning, problem solving, decision making, accepting defeat, understanding resilience and developing a productive disposition to problem solving; all of which are addressed in the free beginner lessons available to participants. Course is approved for 3 EPV Days.



During this course teachers will have the opportunity to learn how to play chess by playing chess mini-games against other novice teachers. The course will teach all participants:


·       how to play chess (from zero prior knowledge) and the best methods of teaching primary school children as young as first class the rules using a fun, games-based approach

·       how to utilise chess as an additional resource in teaching social skills in the mainstream and special education classroom

·       how to organise a school chess club, school chess team and in-school chess competitions


Facilitator:  Shane Finnegan



All summer courses must be booked online and paid for on our website

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.

Participants who cancel their course:

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

Course cancelled by the centre due to insufficient numbers:

Courses can only take place if we have the required numbers registered on each course.  No less than two weeks notice will be given to participants in the case of a course been cancelled.


Course Details

Course Start Date / Time 14-08-2023 9:30 am
Course End Date / Time 18-08-2023 2:00 pm
Capacity 25
Course Fee €50.00
Location Navan Education Centre

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