We are delighted to launch a “Call Out for Artists” who wish to broaden their practice, receive fully paid Training and in-school Residency Opportunities

Ian Mc Donagh, Arts Officer, Cork County Council together with Dr. Dympna Daly Director of the West Cork Education Centre, launch a “Call Out for Artists”.


The Teacher Artist Partnership CPD Summer Course & Residency programme is open to Artists (in any art forms) that are committed to sharing their practice with children and teachers in a modern primary school environment. This Arts in Education initiative is a Creative Ireland, 
Department of Education and Skills led, approved Summer Course offering specialist, week-long training based at the West Cork Education Centre, The Square, Dunmanway, Co. Cork from the 17th to 21st August 2020 inclusive and from 9.30-2pm daily. A training allowance of €150 per day over the initial 5-day training week (€750 in total) is available, travel expenses and daily lunch are also provided. There is a guarantee of a paid, follow- up in-school-residency within a West Cork Primary School (Fee €900, plus €100 travel in total) to carry out a 20-hour project (14 contact hours plus 6 preparation hours) in partnership with your teacher partner throughout the 2020/2021 academic year. Due to Covid 19 restrictions, please be aware that this residency may take place face to face or via Zoom or some other online platform.

Artist must have:

  • a track record of a minimum of three years professional practise in any art form and demonstrate an interest in the principles of Arts-in-Education and Creativity
  • be willing to learn about modern classroom culture and to work in equal partnership with teachers
  • combine a sense of fun, joy and collaboration with professional dedication and high artistic vision
  • be willing to undertake child protection training as part of the induction week, and undergo standard Garda vetting before taking up project placements

Artists can apply to be part of the scheme via the West Cork Education Centre and should be sent to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. no later than 5pm on Friday 10th July 2020.

Expressions of interest should be in the form of a letter of max 600 words, accompanied by a CV or short Bio with links to images or samples of relevant work. Places on this national Creative Ireland CPD initiative are limited to two Artists in 2020. Final decision on offers of places will be taken by the Director of the West Cork Education Centre in collaboration with the Local Authority Arts Office and successful applicants will be notified.


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RECONNECTING WITH SCHOOLS SUMMER CAMPS & ;ATHCHEANGAL LE SCOILEANNA CAMPAÍ SAMHRAIDH’

 
As announced today by the Minister for Education and Skills, Joe McHugh T.D., the Government is providing the opportunity for all DEIS primary schools (Band 1, 2 & Rural) to run a Summer Camp for those students identified as most at risk of educational disadvantage. The Summer Camp Programme is an opportunity for schools to reach out to these pupils and reactivate their engagement in education in a unique and interactive way.
 
This programme has been in existence for many years, and has been delivered successfully in more than 70 eligible primary schools each summer. In the context of the school closures associated with Covid-19, the programme is extended this year to all DEIS primary schools. During the closures, schools communicated with pupils and their families, endeavored to support their wellbeing, and maintained the continuity of schooling using a variety of approaches. Schools provided hard copies of learning activities to pupils and used a range of electronic platforms to engage pupils with learning at home. Despite the efforts of schools to establish and maintain contact with pupils, principals in their conversations with the Inspectorate indicated their concern about a number of pupils who were hard to reach or whose engagement with schooling was inconsistent and who were thereby at risk of further educational disadvantage.
 
The Summer Camp Programme which has been extended to all DEIS Primary Schools in 2020 will support pupils’ wellbeing, their sense of connectedness and enable them to re-connect with peers and teachers and to promote their re-engagement with school. The emphasis of the programme is on supporting those pupils who are considered by the school as having the greatest level of need, particularly in relation to the themes of the school’s DEIS action plan.
The purpose of this communication is to formally invite your school to partake in this initiative and run a Summer Camp for those students most at risk of educational disadvantage this summer. If your school is interested in running a Camp please complete the ‘Expression of Interest’ Form attached and return it to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Information, FAQs, Summer Camp Handbook 2020 and Expression of Interest Forms available at:
Further queries to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
 
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Padlet for transitions from pre-school to primary school in Ireland

A Chairde,
Sarah Murray very kindly shared this excellent padlet of resources on transitions from pre-school to primary school in Ireland on Twitter last evening. She has put an enormous amount of work into collating all of these resources and we are very grateful to her for sharing them for free with the education community in Ireland. Maith thú Sarah. The generosity of teachers knows no bounds.
Dea ghuíthe
Dympna Daly

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Address

West Cork Education Centre,
The Square,
Dunmanway
Co. Cork

Eircode: P47 FH27


  • Phone 1: +353 (23) 8856756
  • Phone 2: +353 (23) 8856757
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