Educational Courses

Switching on for Learning – Becoming an Independent Learner Online Course

Try our exciting new blended online programme. Develop your own skills as an independent learner, using tried and tested techniques developed by recognised world class educators. Our Study, Learning and Mindset skills will make learning easier for you and enable you to take control of your own learning.

Junior Cycle Courses

Courses take place face to face or on Zoom

Step into Your Future

Settling down to Learn - First Year Students

On completion of this motivational course your students will:

  • Be able to name the challenges they need help with at 2nd level
  • Be aware of the importance of wellbeing as a prerequisite for learning
  • Figure out ways they learn best in practice
  • Learn study skills to improve their organisation, planning, homework, memory and revision

Switching on for Learning

Becoming an Independent Learner

On completion of this useful course your students will:

  • Figure out the ways they learn best and the strategies they should use to make learning easier
  • Improve their concentration and motivation through positive mindsets, goal setting and target setting
  • Learn to plan their time more effectively and use learning and study strategies for a range of purposes

Writing your World

Exploring different Writing Types

On completion of this enjoyable course your students will:

  • Be enabled to recognise and understand the five main types of writing – expository, descriptive, narrative, persuasive and creative – and the purposes of each
  • Practice writing pieces in various forms
  • Share their writing and reflect on their learnings

Transition Course

Coping with Change

How your child adapts to their new secondary school matters. The evidence points to preparation being key to young adolescents coping with change.

The objective of this important seminar is to facilitate a conversation which will enable parents to support and develop resilient young people and give them tools to be ready to cope with change as they transition from primary to second-level.

Senior Cycle Courses

Courses take place face to face or on Zoom

Switching on for Learning

Becoming an Independent Learner

On completion of this focused course your students will:

  • Increase their self-efficacy through self-evaluation of themselves as learners
  • Learn practical ways to increase concentration, motivation, and time management
  • Acquire effective strategies for learning, chapter reading, summarising and revision
  • Practice approaches to manage stress and techniques for sitting the exam

Switching on for Learning

Becoming an Independent Learner - Further Ed.

On completion of this course your students will:

  • See themselves as learners and be able to figure out how they learn best
  • Learn practical ways to improve their concentration and motivation, goal setting and time management in the midst of busy home lives
  • Learn to use a range of study and summarising strategies for their own purposes
  • Become aware of how to manage stress and cope with assignments and tests

Writing your World

Effective Essays, Guidelines and Practice

On completion of this purposeful course your students will:

  • Be enabled to create effective thesis statements for their essays
  • Have opportunities to plan various types of essays eg., argument, compare/contrast, cause/effect
  • Have developed focused paragraphs to support their points
  • Learn to craft strong introductions and conclusions

Teacher Courses

Courses take place face to face or on Zoom

The Brain & Learning

Building positive habits to maximise study and learning for the new school year

Getting off to a good start with your students matters. This course explores how the brain works and students’ learning strengths. It outlines practical ways that teachers can make every class a ‘learning to learn’ class, where students can practise strategies that enable them to study more effectively and ‘own’ their learning.

Building Inclusive Classrooms

Lessons learned from Gifted Learners’ Strengths and Sensitivities

This course spans a wide range of learners. It highlights how to identify, recognise, understand and support the gifted learner, the underachieving gifted learner and the twice-exceptional (2e) learner, a student with a gift and a disability. Each chapter contains a ‘how to help’ section for parents and teachers (see attached flyer for further information).

Managing Time

Learning to Plan for Results

This course is suitable for Teachers (upper primary and second-level), Guidance Counsellors, Study Skills  Co-ordinators, Parents.

This webinar will yield immediate benefits for teachers and parents in their busy lives too!

Managing Stress

Supporting teachers and parents to enable their exam students to succeed

Exams are an intense and stressful time for students, families and schools. The culture and expectations surrounding exams doesn’t make it easy either. Hence, how we empower students to prepare for exams and respond to stress is a key consideration in the weeks leading up to the exams.

Unlocking your Future Career Options

A Challenge-based Career Guidance Workshop

Rather than relying on the age-old question of ‘what do you want to be’, challenge-based career guidance asks the question ‘what challenges in the world do you want to solve?’ and ‘what do you need to learn to do it?

Coping with Change

Making an Effective Transition from Primary to Second-Level

An interactive seminar for teachers and parents of 6th class pupils/ In-coming First Year Students

Transitioning to second-level is a key life change – how 6th class pupils adapt to their new second-level school matters and has lasting consequences.

Matching Personality to Career Choice

Lessons from the Values-based Indicator of Motivation psychometric test

Through a values-based lens, this meaningful and exciting course enables teachers and parents to introduce students to what it is they would like to be and do with their lives.

Train the Trainer Course

Switching Students on for Independent Learning

This is a 4 hour course for second-level teachers.

Based on the book Switching on for Learning: A Student Guide to Exam & Career Success, the objective of this course is to upskill teachers to enable their students to become independent learners.

A useful in-career CPD course, it addresses key curricular requirements for learning to learn, wellbeing and career direction.

Active & Reflective Learning

Increasing Students' Capacity to Learn

This focused course looks at the ways students learn and study best by helping teachers to become more aware of their own teaching and learning habits and the implications for student learning.

Engaging teachers in a range of motivation, organisational and planning approaches as well as active strategies that increase student outcomes and make them more reflective learners are a central feature of the course.

Matching Personality to Career Choice

Engaging Students

This meaningful and exciting course enables teachers to introduce students to what it is they would like to be and do with their lives.

Highly motivational, it looks at the contribution they would like to make to the world and the problems they would like to solve through the Challenge Cards exercise and thinking, leading to informed discussions based on their values, interests, skills and personality. 

This course puts the teacher in the shoes of the student. Interactive activities and case studies make it particularly engaging and true-to-life. 

Course Content

Part 1:
1. Standard & format of interview – what the Teacher Education interviewing team seek.
2. Your expectations, your concerns.
3. Overview of Primary curriculum & key legislation governing primary school
3. Comhrá Gaeilge: The Irish Q. and TEG
4. Formulating your ‘philosophy of teaching and learning’, a preparation pack.
5. Effective answering techniques – Handling typical & difficult Interview Qs.
6. Communication: Learning to present Virtually;  Dress and presentation at interview.
7. Q & A

Part 2: Mock Interviews

Mock interview team includes an experienced Teacher Educator and practising Primary Teacher/ Principal.