Invitation to Primary Schools (School Placement)

Dear Principal,

As you will be aware many schools in our catchment area accept student teachers for school placement (teaching practice).  Monaghan Education Centre in conjunction with D.C.U. Institute of Education (formally St Patrick’s Training College) are trying to put in place supports for Principals and teachers to enable then assist the student teachers.  We are organising three workshops over the course of the current academic year.  Details are included in the accompanying flyers.  I hope your school can avail of this support by attending the workshops.  Book your place by contacting Monaghan Education Centre.

Workshop 1: School Placement – A Whole School Approach
Monaghan Education Centre: Mon, 13th Nov 2017  4 – 6pm

Workshop 2: Practical ways to assist Student Teachers on Placement
Monaghan Education Centre: Mon, 19th Feb 2018  4 – 6pm

Workshop 3: Reflect and Review: Improving and Developing
Monaghan Education Centre: Mon, 28th May 2018  4 – 6pm

To book your place at these workshop please contact the centre at 047 74000 or email 

Teachers’ Conferences in October

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LAI – Literacy Association

5th – 6th October, Marino Institute of Education


FTA – French Teachers’ Association

6th – 7th October, UCC


PPMTA – Music Teachers’ Association

6th – 8th October, Mullingar Park Hotel


ATHE – Home Economics’ Teachers

13th – 14th October, Athlone Springs Hotel


HTAI – History Teachers’ Association

13th – 14th October, Brehon Hotel, Killarney


PEAI – PE Teachers’ Association

13th – 14th October, Portlaoise


ATS – Spanish Teachers’ Association

14th October, Clarion Hotel, Liffey Valley


INOTE – English Teachers’ Association

14th October, Hotel Kilkenny


SCA – School Chaplains’ Association

20th – 21st October 2017, Radisson Blu Hotel, Limerick


TTA – Technoteachers Association

20th – 21st October 2017, Westgrove Hotel, Clane


ACT – CSPE Teachers

21st October, Castletroy Park Hotel, Limerick


BSTAI – Business Studies Teachers’ Association

21st October, Lyrath Convention Centre, Kilkenny




Leaving Certificate English Workshop – 27/9/17 @ 5pm in MEC

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Active Learning Methodologies using ICT – Session1 25/9/17 @5pm in MEC

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NQT Workshop: School Self-Evaluation & Planning 25/9/17 @ 5pm in CCH

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Primary School Debates 2017/18 FUN Day


Get Debating!

  • School uniforms are a good idea,
  • Conserving water is not an important issue for Ireland
  • Children know how to use the internet safely.

Agree or Disagree, Propose or Oppose? YOU DECIDE!

Monaghan Education Centre, along with CONCERN, is now taking applications from schools who would like to improve research skills, heighten opinions and share their ideas with others.

The Great Monaghan Debate is now on!

Come along to the Monaghan Education Centre for a FUN Day for the teachers and teams on Friday 22nd September 2017 from 10am – 2pm.

Register your debate team of 6 pupils using the Registration Form, and return by Friday 15th September 2017

Concern Worldwide Student/ Teacher Training Sessions

Concern Worldwide invites teachers and students participating in the Concern Primary Debates Programme to an interactive training session. Teachers will receive practical advice and tips on how to successfully integrate the Debates programme within their classroom. Students will learn about the structure of the programme and take part in activities to help their debating skills.

Teachers will receive:

  • Lesson plans on how to incorporate Debating into the classroom.
  • Debating methodologies.
  • Tips on how to approach motions with a class group.
  • Advice on tackling development issues.
  • New handbook with rules and regulations for the programme.

All schools are welcome to join, newcomers and experienced debaters alike.

Engineers Week: 24th Feb – 2nd March 2018

Save the date! Engineers Week 2018 takes place from 24th February to 2nd March

NQT Workshop: IEPs for Pupils with SEN – Primary 18/9/17 @ 5pm in MEC

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NQT Workshop: School Self-Evaluation & Planning: Post Primary 18/9/17 @ 5pm in MEC

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NQT Workshop: Planning & Preparation – Primary 11/9/17 @ 5pm in MEC

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