Mayo Education Centre has facilitated many successful support groups for the teaching community through the years.
Mayo Education Centre is delighted to invite Primary and Post Primary Teachers to join any of the newly formed support groups outlined below. Each Support Group has a Facilitator and we aim to hold monthly meetings which will facilitate members to provide each other with help, share strategies and stories, discuss experiences and feel more empowered in the classroom. This is not only an opportunity to belong to a supportive teaching community but also an opportunity to make teaching friends for life that will help to sustain you throughout your career.
Support groups loosely follow the following format. One member co-ordinates the date and time of the next meeting. There is no formal agenda. An Informal agenda is formed in the first 5 minutes of each meeting, with participants suggesting items for discussion. Each meeting has a variety of issues for discussion. There are regular monthly meetings e.g. second Thursday of the month. Meetings are held immediately after school or in the evening. Small groups are preferable – normally 8 to 12 is ideal. A high degree of confidentiality and discretion is practiced. A regular social dimension develops as people get to know each other, and the frequent sharing of resources, ideas and strategies occur. There are no minutes or reports .
NQT Primary Support Group
Mayo Education Centre invites Newly Qualified Teachers (NQT's) to join a newly formed support group. At our monthly meetings, we will facilitate members to provide each other with help, share strategies and stories, discuss experiences and feel more empowered in the classroom. This is not only an opportunity to belong to a supportive teaching community but also an opportunuity to make teaching friends for life that will help to sustain you throughout your career.
You are welcome to join our on-line support meeting on;
Date: Tuesday, 25th January
Venue: Online via Zoom
To Register, click here.
The support group will be facilitated by Dr Máire McNally and Dr Kathleen Smyth.
“Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much." – Helen Keller
Primary SEN Support Group
EAL – ENGLISH AS AN ADDITIONAL LANGUAGE - There is a lot of expertise and good practice around the country in relation to the inclusion of students with SEN. This Support Group helps to provide a forum where teachers can share this knowledge and experience with others, particularly those who are new to SEN.
On 1st November, the support group discussed teachers’ practice in relation to teaching pupils with English as an Additional Language (EAL). EAL is an expanding area and we are all learning.
Date: To be Advised
Venue: Online, via Zoom
Facilitator: Dr. Michele Dunleavy
Post Primary SEN Support Group
Mayo Education Centre is delighted to invite post primary SEN teachers to join a newly formed Post Primary SEN Support/Discussion Group. The benefits for participating teachers are as follows:
- An opportunity to network with many other SEN teachers in the Mayo area, offering support, guidance, advice and the sharing of good practice on a regular basis.
- An opportunity to tap into the knowledge and experience of the group in order to discuss current pressing issues.
- Support and kinship from meeting informally with a group of teachers in the same sector.
At the first meeting, we looked at how schools intend to use the extra resources being made available to them under the 'The Covid-19 Learning and Support Scheme (CLASS)' for Post Primary Schools which was released on 8th September last. Schools will have these extra teaching hours available to them from 11th October next.
The agenda will include L2LP, Resource Padlet and Structure of SEN team.
Date: Tuesday, 25th January 2022
Venue: Online via Zoom
Teacher Professional Communities (TPC’s)
Teacher Professional Networks (TPN’s)
Centre for School Leadership
The Centre for School Leadership provides many supports for primary and post primary principals, both experienced and newly appointed. Experienced principals can avail of coaching sessions, which may lead on to coaching for the whole school staff. Newly appointed teachers can avail of a mentoring service. For details on these and other supports available to you, click here.
IPPN Leadership Support Callback Service
This Leadership Support Service is designed to make sure that any IPPN member going through a stressful or worrying time will receive appropriate personal as well as professional support. In the event of a crisis situation, critical incident or school tragedy, members of the IPPN Professional Guidance Panel are available to provide 1 to 1 confidential advice and support over the telephone.
The Leadership Support Service can be accessed either by contacting the IPPN Support Office on 021 482 40 70.