Creative Schools Week 10-14 May, 2021


Creative Schools Week is a celebration of creativity in schools which includes both In-School Celebrations and Online Celebrations. It is organised by the Creative Schools initiative which supports schools and Youthreach centres to put the arts and creativity at the heart of children’s and young people’s lives. The week is an opportunity to share, showcase, and connect all the exciting creative work that is being undertaken across schools.

Following a consultation process with children and young people the theme for CSW is Brave New Future, celebrating our children and young people’s courage in the face of a tough year, and looking forward towards a bright future.

In-school Celebrations: All schools and centres across the country can generate and host their own celebration events. These events are a great way to involve and empower young people in the processes of presenting their creative journeys. To help schools/centres organise events, Creative Schools have provided Celebration Packs, full of ideas about creating their own in-school Creative Schools Week.

Online Celebrations: Tune in to on the 12-14 May (from 12pm daily) as we will be; highlighting work from a selection of Creative Schools, as well as workshops, interviews and features across a wide range of different artists and arts and cultural organisations. It is a great opportunity to learn about school communities across the initiative as well as their creative approaches to learning and artistic responses to Covid 19. Schools highlighted are a representation of the over 460 schools who have participated in the Creative Schools initiative since 2018 and were selected following a competitive process open to those participants.

Follow  #CreativeSchools to see the creative events that schools are sharing on their social media.

Creative Schools is a flagship initiative of the Creative Ireland Programme to enable the creative potential of every child. Creative Schools is led by the Arts Council in partnership with the Department of Education and the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media.

The initiative is also informed by the Arts Council’s ten-year strategy (2016–25) Making Great Art Work: Leading the Development of the Arts in Ireland.

This initiative provides opportunities for children and young people to build their artistic and creative skills; to communicate, collaborate, stimulate their imaginations, be inventive, and to harness their curiosity. More information on how to apply to be a Creative School is available at


Many thanks,


Creative Schools Team

TYTalks21 will take place on Wednesday 5th May 2021


A Virtual Event Like No Other.

If you haven’t registered please look at the teacher’s pack attached to get a better idea of the nature and extent of this online event and its value as a resource to schools, pupils and teachers. This event designed for TY is also of great value to LCA students and will be of benefit to all students through their TY and careers teachers.

TYTALKS21 Teachers Pack

To those schools who have registered please be advised that it is necessary to upload a CSV file of the students email addresses to the registration page using your school’s TYTalks21login to enable the students to get full access to all parts of the event and particularly to the booths. It will also ensure that the students will be able to take part in the scavenger hunt and fully participate in all the aspects of the event.

Ibec and this platform are fully GDPR compliant so there is no GDPR issue with uploading the student’s emails. This will also give the students registered a further 90 days access to the resources on the platform. Teachers will also have access to the platform for a further 90 days. A certificate of attendance for the teachers to sign for the students will be available and can be used as part of each students TY or LCA portfolio.

Finally, for those who have registered and who’s school is not in a position of financial disadvantage, it would be very much appreciated if the invoice issued for the registration could be dealt, please.

About the event

Inspire and Inform
TYTalks21 is an exciting new virtual event that has been created for all Transition Year students in Ireland. The event is designed to inspire and motivate students for the future of work.

Post-Covid, TY students will need to move forward with their education and career choices. The team at Ibec has partnered with the National Association of Principals and Deputy Principles (NAPD) to create a half-day immersive event for all of Ireland’s 45,000 TY students. The event will give insight into the world of work, the skills of the future, different career pathways and so much more.

Listen to futurists, business minds, educators, young leaders, and entrepreneurs. There will be a virtual Expo area showcasing learning and skills partners, an industries discovery zone and enjoy a fun scavenger hunt for cool prizes.

How to Register Your Students:
Steps to getting your school registered and attending on the day:

Register your school: Click SCHOOLS REGISTER HERE to register your school. We are asking for a nominal contribution of €250 per school, where possible, to cover the cost of the event.

Receive your school passcode: Ibec will email you your school passcode once registered. Use this code to access the platform to register your student’s email addresses.

Register your students: Click on the ‘Register your TY students’ button located at top of this page and select your school, then upload your students’ email addresses by uploading a CSV file. Don’t forget to include your own teacher’s email address.

Log-in with email address to attend: Students need to click on the ‘log-in’ button located on the top of this page and enter their email address to enter the event platform.

Any queries please contact:

Check if your school has registered here.

For more information and schedule click here

NAPD Preretirement Programme March 2021

NAPD is pleased to announce a comprehensive Preretirement Programme for members considering retirement this year or next year.  The programme offers a holistic approach to this important transition.  An expert team will guide participants through the technical elements of pension application and entitlements, financial planning, taxation and legal issues. In addition, the programme will focus on positively managing the personal, family and social transitions that retirement necessitates and health and lifestyle advice.  The programme has been modified for online delivery.

For Registration please click here

Registration Costs:

  • NAPD Members: €25
  • NAPD Non-Members €200

For further details and registration or contact Michelle or Lisa at  (01) 6627025 or


Please download the Course Outline Pre-Retirement Course Outline for 2 days – 2021

Webinar Event – Tuesday 1st December 7pm – COVID 19 and Schools

Covid-19 and Schools – the Public Health Approach

All school principals and/or deputy principals at primary and post-primary level are invited to view a live webinar with a HSE Public Health doctor and an Assistant Secretary of the Department of Education on Tuesday 1 December at 7pm.


Schools are sustaining their operations in a Covid-19 context and the rate of Covid-19 among school communities has been consistently lower than among the general population. This is a testament to the measures are being carried out on a daily basis by the whole school community.


National data on Covid-19 within the schools setting for the first half-term are reassuring.


At this point in the term, many schools have dealt with their first experience of a positive Covid-19 test among the school community. In the first half term, 18 per cent of schools had dealings with public health at a local level.


This webinar provides an opportunity to hear from public health doctors supporting schools on a daily basis on the learnings to date, the enhanced systems in place to support schools and to answer some of the questions that arise most often for school leaders.


The agenda will cover:

  • Principles of the public health approach
  • Public health risk assessment in schools
  • The enhanced schools teams
  • Close contacts, testing and tracing
  • Communications with parents and the school community

There will be an opportunity to submit questions online, and a thematic range of questions will be answered by the panel.


The webinar will also be recorded and available to watch after the event on

Registration link:

Maintaining Connectedness and the Wellbeing of School Leaders – Monday 30th November 2020 at 7pm


Maintaining Connectedness and the Wellbeing of School Leaders


Date and Time:

Monday 30th November 2020 at 7pm



The panellists will explore examples and effective strategies from their own professional practice in various themes such as leading in challenging times, managing the unknown, resilience in school leadership and offering support to the school community.


Full details:

Teaching Council and ESCI host a Webinar 25th November 2020

The Teaching Council, in collaboration with the Education Support Centres Ireland (ESCI), are hosting a webinar on Wednesday, 25 November at 4.30pm on the topic of ‘Supporting Teachers’ Learning.  The panel discussion will explore teachers’ learning from different perspectives and will take place in the context of Cosán, the national framework for teachers’ learning.  Register for the webinar here.

The webinar will be followed by a series of three online workshops across 12 Education Centres which will support teachers’ professional learning, incorporating strategies and tools to enable collaborative reflection.  For further details are available on the ESCI website


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Webinar topic: Supporting your teachers’ digital education and professional development.
Date: Wednesday 2nd December 2020
Time: 5pm – 6pm
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