We are delighted to announce that our summer course for primary and post-primary teachers “Skills for listening to and supporting those in the school community” has been approved by the Department of Education and Skills. The aim of this course is to equip teachers with additional skills to support and empower students, parents and colleagues during difficult times. An online survey by teacher’s union ASTI found that “being able to help young people is a key factor in teachers’ job satisfaction”. Whilst the ability of teachers to also support colleagues and parents appropriately has an obvious positive effect on the overall sense of wellbeing in the school community.
The course will be offered by five centres including Laois Education Centre, The Education Centre Tralee, Waterford Teacher’s Centre and two other centres in Munster. Primary school teachers will receive 3 EPV days for attending this course.
The training programme is centered on the tried and tested Brief Encounters® model which uses time, attention and respect as the core values when responding to those who are experiencing difficulties. Conflict in relationships, which is a normal part of everyday life, is also explored on this course and appropriate conflict management techniques imparted.
This course will support the SPHE curriculum by addressing techniques to develop students’ communication skills and to improve their understanding of how they can show respect, care and consideration in their communications with others.
The training will be facilitated by two experienced Ag Eisteacht trainers and will consist of lively, fast-moving, participative workshops.
Bookings can be made online at the participating education centres; Laois Education Centre, The Education Centre Tralee, Waterford Teacher’s Centre. Two other venues will be announced shortly.
For more information about the course, please click here.