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Kilkenny Education Centre Working Remotely

Kilkenny Education Centre is currently closed to the public in line with the Government's statements on the series of new measures to combat the spread of the virus responsible for COVID-19.

All CPD, workshops, courses and other activities due to take place in the Centre have been postponed until further notice.

Staff are working out of the Office with access to email.

We continue to be available to serve our teaching community and we are happy to help you with any queries you may have. If you have any questions/queries please email them to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and we will get back to you as soon as we can. 

We thank you for your continued support and we appreciate your co-operation during this unprecedented time. We will keep you informed via our website, Facebook and Twitter accounts.

Stay safe,

John O’ Sullivan

Kilkenny Education Centre Director

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Schools Excellence Fund - Creative Clusters - Deadline for Applications Extended

Creative Clusters is a pilot initiative of the Department of Education and Skills, led by and in partnership with the 21 full-time Teacher Education Centres (Education Support Centres Ireland, or ESCI) and funded through the Schools Excellence Fund – Creative Clusters Initiative.

Creative Clusters is an initiative of Creative Youth – A Plan to Enable the Creative Potential of Every Child and Young Person, which was published in December 2017 as part of the Creative Ireland Programme. The Creative Youth Plan aims to give every child practical access to tuition, experience and participation in art, music, drama and coding by 2022.

A Creative Cluster will typically consist of between three and five schools collaborating on the design, implementation, evaluation and dissemination of an innovative arts and creative learning project which supports them to address a common issue or challenge.

How to Apply

Schools can apply as part of a cluster which may be an existing network of schools or a potential cluster. Each cluster must nominate a lead school and a Creative Cluster Co-Ordinator.

Kilkenny Education Centre will have a key role in identifying and supporting a Creative Cluster for this area.

Applications should be sent to the Centre. The closing date for receipt of applications is Friday 26th June 2020.

Kilkenny Education Centre will then inform the identified cluster in their area. Unsuccessful applicants will also be notified.

Creative Cluster applications will be assessed by the Centre. Applications will be assessed and scored against the following criteria:

  • The rationale for the application,
  • Benefits to teaching and learning,
  • Capacity and commitment of all the schools in the cluster to participate,
  • Children and Young Peoples Voice,
  • Further details on the criteria are available in the Guidelines document.

 Further details can be found on the Department of Education and Skills website.

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The Health and Safety Authority (HSA) Choose Safety Programme - Skills for the World of Work

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The Choose Safety Programme is designed to prepare young people for the world of work and work experience. Transition Year and Senior Cycle students can explore core principles of health and safety as they may apply in their current or future places of work. Choose Safety can be taught as a structured 20 hour programme or teachers may select units from the Programme to cover specific topics as desired and/or integrate them into other subjects in the classroom.

Choose Safety will be of interest to teachers involved in a whole range of subjects including: Science, Agricultural Science, Business or subjects of a more practical base. The Programme is available in English and as Gaeilge. All resources for this Programme are available to all Post Primary schools, PLC's and Colleges of Further Education, free of charge.

For further information on this Programme please contact the Choose Safety Co-Ordinator for Kilkenny Education Centre:

Mr. Frank McKenna

Kilkenny Education Centre Choose Safety Programme Co-Ordinator

Tel: 086-8366446

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How Can I Book Myself on a Course?

Step-by-Step Instructions

Step 1 - Click the 'Register as a User' tab

Step 2 - Complete the Registration Form

Step 3 - Check your email (and spam box) for Registration Confirmation

Step 4 - Return to the website and log in

Step 5 - Update your Profile if you need to!

Step 6 - Go to the 'Courses' tab, select your course and book your place - if the course is free check your email for Booking Confirmation

Paid Courses?

Step 7 - If payment is required you will be redirected to Stripe

Step 8 - Check your email for Course Confirmation email and receipt of payment


Be sure to look out for email updates and course reminders from the Centre!


Frequently Asked Questions

Why do I need to register? Registration allows you to track your course history for CPD purposes.

What is my Profile? Your Profile contains your registration data and course history. You can also change your password, email address etc.

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