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Helping with the Return to School - Presentations for Teachers, Parents and SNAs on Helping Young People Return to School (Autumn 2020)

A number of useful presentations for teachers, parents and SNAs have been developed over the last number of weeks by the National Educational Psychological Service (NEPS) and the HSE Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS), in partnership with Kilkenny Education Centre. The COVID-19 pandemic and the responses to it have radically changed society and the education landscape.

These presentations have been developed to assist, inform and guide adults who are in contact with children who are transitioning from Primary to Post Primary school, but they will also be useful for parents and teachers of all children and young people who are returning to school following the COVID-19 school closures from March to September 2020.

Schools may find it useful to share these links with parents, teachers, SNAs and all other stakeholders in school communities. Information and knowledge will help ease the return to school for our young people.


Preparing and Supporting Students with ASD During COVID-19 Times

Presented by a NEPS Psychologist, this presentation deals with the issue of transition in uncertain times and preparing and supporting students with ASD for the move to Post Primary school during the time of COVID-19.


Adolescence and Developmental Changes

This presentation is a collaboration between the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS) and Kilkenny Education Centre. It gives a psychological perspective on adolescence and developmental changes that coincide with the transition to Post Primary school.


Practical Approaches to Good Nutrition

This presentation, delivered by a CAMHS Senior Dietitian, explores factors which affect dietary choices.


What to Expect - Supporting Your Child

This presentation, by HSE Social Care Workers, explores preparing for the school move to Post Primary school, supporting your child's education, school and friendships.


Information, Tips and Strategies for Self-Regulation and Organisation

Presented by a CAMHS Senior Occupational Therapist, this presentation covers the themes of Self-Regulation and Organisation, and how you can help your child to make school more manageable.


Psychological First Aid (PFA) for Teachers

This presentation is offered by the Carlow/Kilkenny NEPS Team as part of their program of supports for school communities in the context of COVID-19.


Department of Education and Skills Resources

Wellbeing for Schools

The Department of Education and Skills have recently made a Wellbeing webinar for Primary schools and a Wellbeing webinar for Post Primary schools available on their website. There is also a Wellbeing Toolkit for both Primary and Post Primary schools available, which are comprised of a combination of NEPS-developed materials and information collated from other acknowledged sources, that promote natural resilience for all and recovery for those with additional educational needs.


Back to School Advice to Parents

The Department of Education and Skills also have various videos on back to school advice on their website for parents of both Primary and Post Primary school students.

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National Call-Out for Guest Poets for – Online Poetry Journal for Young People

Join the Rhyme Rag community and have your creative voice heard!

Hi all!

I’m Kathy D’Arcy, poet, activist and editor of the excellent online youth poetry journal Rhyme Rag. Check us out at, @RhymeRag on TwitterFacebook and Instagram.

Until now, Rhyme Rag has only accepted submissions from young poets (aged between 12-21) in Kilkenny – but for the rest of this year we’re looking for guest poets from ALL OVER IRELAND to send us work!

Every selected poem will be published on and social media, along with its own custom illustration drawn by our excellent resident artist Alé Mercado. This is a great chance to have your work published to a wide online audience alongside other talented young poets from all over the country.

Rhyme Rag is a long-running, successful creative writing and spoken word Kilkenny Arts Office programme. Its goal is to establish a new platform for young people’s voices and creative expression. With this national call-out we hope to broaden the range of youth poetry and spoken word on the website, and to encourage many more young poets to get their work out there and to continue to push the boundaries of creativity.

Click here to find out how to submit your work (keep a copy for yourself!) and I’ll get back to you with some constructive feedback and to let you know whether your piece has been selected for publication and illustration. Every month two original pieces will be published on the site.

You can find useful advice and prompts on the website and on our Insta. So get writing and submitting!

Kathy D'Arcy, Editor, and Mary Butler, Arts Officer /




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University College Cork Diploma in Autism Studies

University College Cork has developed a two-year part-time Diploma in Autism Studies course (Level 7), which is being delivered in Kilkenny Education Centre. Up to this year, the course took place every Wednesday evening from 5.30 – 9.30p.m. It is hoped the course will run again next year from mid- September 2020 to mid-April 2021. However, this will be dependent on Government directives in relation to the current COVID-19 restrictions.  

The course is designed to introduce the different ways in which people on the Autism Spectrum (ASD) experience the world. Participants will learn about the history of Autism and the different strengths, challenges and conceptualisations. Mental health and wellbeing will be examined, along with the various supports and interventions that are available for people on the Spectrum across their lifespan and the legislation and policies that govern best practice guidelines and models of service. The issue of mental health and Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) will be explored also and participants will also explore how a person with ASD may contribute positively to society.

This course is ideally suited to any person that is interested in expanding their own knowledge and understanding of the Autism Spectrum Disorder. Its comprehensive and in-depth analysis of the Disorder by professionals working in the field of Autism would be hugely beneficial to any person living with, or working with, a person with Autism.

So, whether you are a parent, sibling, teacher, SNA, working in a social care setting, or a professional looking to improve your knowledge, this course is for you!

For booking and further information see the UCC website or contact UCC Autism Studies Co-Ordinator, Virge Connery, via email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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

Logos for Choose Safety News Article

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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