(094) 9020700  | eolas@mayoeducationcentre.ie
Eircode: F23HX48

Chess for Social Skills

Chess for Social Skills is an alternative approach to current social-skills-for-children programmes and can be delivered in a whole-class or small group setting. The structured nature of chess-playing provides excellent scaffolding for all students who find social skills difficult to master as they play each other one on one before moving to another partner.  As well as learning how to play the famous game through a fun, hands-on approach the programme of lessons also challenges students to develop their concepts of respect, accepting defeat, forward planning, accepting compliments and giving feedback, teamwork, decision-making, patience, resilience and developing a growth mind-set when exploring a new skill.

Teachers will have the opportunity to learn how to play chess by playing chess mini-games against other novice teachers. 

The course will teach all participants how to;

  • play chess (from zero prior knowledge) and the best methods of teaching primary school children as young as first class the rules using a fun, games-based approach.
  • utilise chess as an additional resource in teaching social skills in the mainstream and special education classrooms.
  • organise a school chess club, school chess team and in-school chess competitions.

Chess is a growing initiative in Irish primary schools with 300 teachers now joined the Ficheall.ie network of teachers promoting chess in primary schools.

Dates: Thurs 1st, Fri 2nd, Mon 5th, Tues 6th & Wed 7th July 2021 (Course limited to 16 participants)

Facilitator: Brendan McHugh based locally in Castlebar, Brendan has vast experience as a teacher and has been promoting and teaching chess for many years.

Course Details

Course Start Date / Time 01-07-2021 9:30 am
Course End Date / Time 07-07-2021 2:00 pm
Capacity 16
Fee €50.00
Subsequent Dates 2nd, 5th, 6th, 7th July
Speaker Brendan McHugh
Location Zoom Meeting
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Mayo Education Centre


Westport Road,
Co. Mayo.
Eircode: F23HX48


Local Buses and carparking available


Tel: (094) 9020700 
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