Programmes for Primary and Post Primary Schools 2022-23

Kilkenny Education Centre is actively involved in a variety of national and local programmes for Primary and Post Primary schools. Details for these various projects and programmes can be found on our website.

AsIAm Autism Friendly Schools Project for Primary and Post Primary Schools

AsIAm, Ireland’s National Autism Charity, is opening applications to new schools to join their Autism Friendly Schools Project. This academic year, 2022-23, will be the fourth year of this exciting project, which will investigate ways in which we can further refine what it truly means to be ‘Autism Friendly’ in Primary and Post Primary schools across Ireland. The project will reaffirm good practice and support those wishing to foster a culture of inclusion of autistic students in their schools. Further details can be found in the attached letter.

Heritage Keepers National Education and Stewardship Programme for Primary Schools

Heritage Keepers is a free programme for Primary schools, youth groups or communities that will enable them to work together to explore the built, natural, and cultural heritage of their local place and then plan an action or actions to enhance their place. In-person, online and blended learning options are available. Last year, 20 schools and communities took part in the programme, with most going on to complete a local project or actions. These funded actions included pond building, local heritage trails, signage for biodiversity, oral history projects and local heritage booklets. The expanded Heritage Keepers programme is now looking for ‘Expressions of Interest’ from schools, youth groups and community groups who wish to take part in the five two-hour workshops in Spring 2023. 

Health and Safety Authority (HSA) 'Choose Safety' Programme - Skills for the World of Work for Post Primary Schools

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, Colleges of Further Education, PLC's and Youthreach centres, free of charge.

PDST National Write a Poem Competition 2022-23

PDST is taking submissions for the National Write a Poem Competition 2022-23 under two categories: Junior Cycle and Senior Cycle. The final submission date for the Competition is fast approaching; Wednesday 7th December 2022. PDST hope this popular Competition will encourage young writers to compose poetry and will assist teachers in supporting the writing of poetry in the classroom and beyond. The winning poets in each section will receive a commemorative plaque and their poem will be published on the PDST Post Primary website and printed in the PDST National Poetry Award booklet. Prizes will be presented at the Wellread National Award Ceremony, organised by PDST in association with Laois Education Centre, in the New Year. 

Picker Pals Programme for Primary Schools 2022-23

Picker Pals is a litter-picking programme for Primary schools, which aims to deliver the tools and motivation for Primary school students, teachers and families to create a better environment for our shared future. This programme is most suitable for First and Second classes. Primary schools should apply for the programme using the online Application Form. Places are limited to one class per school and will be assigned by Picker Pals on a first come, first served basis.

Eircode - R95 RH97


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