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Professional Development

From: Department of Education and Skills

Professional Development Service for Teachers (PDST)

Professional Development Service for Teachers (PDST) offers school support and teacher professional development. Support is provided regionally by multi-disciplinary teams who work closely with the Education Centre Network.

Education Centre Network

Education centres organise the local delivery of national programmes of teacher professional development on behalf of the Department of Education and Skills. Centres also organise a varied local programme of activities for teachers, school management and parents in response to demand. Education centres are statutory bodies and are managed by voluntary management committees elected annually.

There are 21 full-time and 9 part-time education centres:

Register of Education Support Centres

Under the Section 37, Education Act, 1998

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Support services available to teachers and schools

DEIS

The DEIS action plan provides for a standardised system for identifying levels of disadvantage and a new integrated School Support Programme (SSP).

A team of DEIS advisors from within the Professional Development Service for Teachers (PDST) provide support for Urban Band 1 and Urban Band 2 primary DEIS schools in the area of literacy and numeracy.

Website: www.pdst.ie

E-mail: info@pdst.ie

Phone: (01) 435 8595

Address: Professional Development service for Teachers, Park West Business Park, Nangor Road, Dublin 12, D12 F9X8

Guidance Counsellors

Supervision for Guidance Counsellors offers guidance counsellors peer professional support facilitated by supervisors and an opportunity to access continuing professional development.

Email: iom@eircom.net

Phone: (047) 74000

Address: Guidance Counsellor Supervision, Monaghan Education Centre, Knockaconny, Armagh Road, Monaghan, H18 E890

Junior Certificate Schools Programme (JCSP)

The Junior Certificate Schools Programme (JCSP) assists young people in making the Junior Certificate more accessible for those who may leave school without formal qualifications.

Email: jcsp@pdst.ie / jcsp@iol.ie

Phone: (01) 4535487

Address: Junior Certificate School Programme, Curriculum Development Unit, City of Dublin ETB, Sundrive Road, Dublin12, D12 F9X8

National Behavioural Support Service (NBSS)

The National Behavioural Support Service (NBSS) provides support and expertise to post-primary schools experiencing difficulty coping with persistent and serious student disruption.

Email: nbss@ecnavan.ie

Phone: (046) 909 3355

Address: National Behaviour Support Service,Navan Education Centre, Athlumney, Navan, Co Meath, C15 RK03

Professional Development Service for Teachers (PDST)

Professional Development Service for Teachers (PDST) offers school support and teacher professional development. Support is provided regionally by multi-disciplinary teams who work closely with the Education Centre Network.

Email: info@pdst.ie

Phone: (01) 4358595

Address: Professional Development Service for Teachers, Park West Business Park, Nangor Road, Dublin 12, D12 F9X8

Project Maths Development Team (PMDT)

Project Maths Development Team (PMDT) involves the introduction of revised syllabuses for both the Junior and Leaving Certificate Mathematics.

Email: grainneh@ecdrumcondra.ie

Phone: (01) 857 6400

Address: Project Maths Development Team, Drumcondra Education Centre, Drumcondra, Dublin 9, D09 CKC8

Special Education Support Service (SESS)

The Special Education Support Service (SESS) provides a range of supports for school personnel working with students (primary and post-primary) with special educational needs.

Email: info@sess.ie

Phone: (021) 425 4241

Fax: (021) 425 5647

Address: Special Education Support Service, Cork Education Support Centre, The Rectory, Western Road, Cork, T12 KC86

Teacher Education Section

The Teacher Education Section holds details of Department funded programmes in the area of Special Education.

Email: TES@education.gov.ie

Summer Course Programme

Summer Course Programme makes training courses available to teachers over the summer months. Its main objectives are the advancement of teachers’ pedagogic and management skills.

Email: aoifel@ecdrumcondra.ie

Website: www.ecdrumcondra.ie

Phone: (01) 857 6433

Address: Summer Course Programme, Drumcondra Education Centre, Drumcondra, Dublin 9, D09 CKC8

Teacher Professional Network Scheme (TPN)

The Teacher Professional Network Scheme (TPN) is a teacher organisation which affords professional peer support to members.

Email: tpn@blackrockec.ie

Website: www.blackrockec.ie

Phone: (01) 2365000

Address: The TPN Administrator, Blackrock Education Centre, Kill Avenue, Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin, A96 EW01

Centre for School Leadership (CSL)

The Centre for School Leadership (CSL) has responsibility for the continuum of professional development for school leaders, from pre-appointment training and induction of newly appointed principals, to continuing professional development throughout careers.

Email: office@cslireland.ie

Phone: (065) 6845510

Address: Clare Education Centre, Government Offices, Kilrush Road, Ennis, Co. Clare, V95 F782

Further Information

Association of Teacher Education Centres Ireland (ATECI)