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‘And in the house we moved with gravid ease’

Seamus Heaney’s line ‘And in the house we moved with gravid ease’ from his poem ‘The Churning’ possibly now rings true in many of the homes of pupils and teachers who until recently were actively sharing classes and experiences through CASE.  A partnership between St Joseph’s Rathdonnell and Trentagh NS, Co. Donegal brought this to the fore. Part of their shared work explored historical documents from ‘The Schools’ Collection’ [i] and used this as the basis for an experiment -butter-making. This was one way they were integrating their curriculum, covering science, history, literacy and research. 

COVID 19 Update

As the COVID-19 crisis continues, it is vital that we continue to follow best practice guidelines, especially physical distancing and practice good hand-washing hygiene. Most of all we can come together to support each other by staying home and staying safe.

If you have a specific query regarding your partnership, please contact your Development Officer for guidance.

We are currently working with our funders to approve a mechanism for signing off on this year’s shared activity and we will send out further information about this in due course.

Please remember we are here to help and support you however we can in relation to your school charting a way through this extremely difficult and challenging time.

 

Teacher Professional Learning Underway

The 2020 TPL courses commenced on January 13th with ‘Delivering Effective Collaboration and Sharing in Primary Schools’.  The first of a series of modules which will be rolled out in different venues until the end of the school year was delivered in Letterkenny by Stranmillis College.

Ashgrove PS and St Michael’s PS – Shared Education in action – a report by St Michael’s PS

The frosty start didn't deter any of the P7 pupils from Ashgrove PS and St Michael's PS who buzzed with excitement on the way to Hillsborough Castle.

Shared Education Benefitting both Pupils and Teachers

Hardy Memorial PS and St Patrick's PS Armagh have been sharing classes for almost two years, working and sharing professional expertise between schools as well as providing opportunities to their pupils to engage in shared learning.

 

Millquarter and Groggan Shared Education Partnership - Building Bridges

Millquarter and Groggan Primary School, are located in rural areas between Toome and Randalstown and are five miles apart. We have been in formal partnership for three years but have established links long before then with both Principals working closely together since their appointments to each school.

Extending Shared Education Activity in Dundalk School's Partnership

St Vincent’s Secondary School and Dundalk Grammar School have been collaborating in Shared Education for close to two years; sharing coding and music classes as well as taking on sign language.  To reach a wider community both within and beyond the two schools, this year they decided to look at more current affairs and topical issues and incorporate the debating clubs in both schools. 

Supported by their teachers and friends, on October 24 two debating teams each composed of pupils from both schools faced each other on a Brexit related topic.  Pat McCormick from Dundalk Institute of Technology and President of Dundalk Chamber of Commerce chaired the debate.  A follow up debate is planned in February on ‘Climate Change’ with the hope to elicit participation from other CASE schools. 

SPOTLIGHT on STEM

On October 16, Rosemary Dunne of St Mura’s NS, Buncrana, presented at the National Literacy and Numeracy Forum in Farmleigh House on the work she and her partner school St Boden’s NS are doing through Shared Education.

Teacher Professional Learning (TPL) programme

This consists of a suite of short courses covering a range of strategic areas to help develop collaborative working practices and support school improvement. 

All teachers in schools involved in the CASE Project are eligible to participate in the TPL programme.

We have planned all the dates for the whole year so please go through the whole suite of training sessions and choose the ones that suit you and your partner school(s). 

Courses are limited to 20 places and registration is now open via Eventbrite on the links below.

Schools are reminded that priority will be given to those attending in partnerships and that places are limited to one attendee per school.

Subcover will be provided for all attendees.

*  There is a high demand for our courses. Please note, should you be unable to attend for any reason, please ensure you cancel your place via Eventbrite so we can release it to the next participant on the waiting list. *

 

TPL Courses for 2021/ 22

Deepening Online Learning for Collaborative Education (G Suite) (Call 1)

Provider: University of Ulster

DATES: Monday 17 & Tuesday 18 January & Monday 28 February 2022 (9.30am - 3.00pm)

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Emergent Leadership Course (Call 1)

Provider: Leonedu

DATES: Wednesday 19 January, Tuesday 22 February, Wednesday 23 March, Wednesday 11 May 2022 (9.00am - 12.30pm)

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Sharing through Play (Call 2)

Provider: Stranmillis University

Dates: Monday 21 & Tuesday 22 February & Monday 28 March 2022 (9.30am - 3.00pm)

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Developing Effective Sharing Through The Curriculum - STEM (Call 2)

Provider: Stranmillis University

Dates: Wednesday 23 & Thursday 24 February & Monday 21 March 2022     (9.30am - 3.00pm)

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Developing Effective Collaboration and Sharing in Primary Schools (Call 2)

Provider: Stranmillis University

Dates: Thursday 24 & Friday 25 February & Thursday 31 March 2022     (9.30am - 3.00pm)

• This is an accredited training module and will require participants to complete individual written work. Successful completion of this work will earn credits towards future Masters-level programmes at Stranmillis University College.

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Understanding and Managing Diversity within the Shared Classroom (Call 2)

Provider: Queens University Belfast

Dates: Thursday 3 March, Friday 4 March & Thursday 24 March 2022     Time: (9.30am - 3.00pm)

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Developing effective sharing through the curriculum - DRAMA AND WRITING (Call 1)

Provider: Stranmillis University

DATES: Monday 14 & Tuesday 15 March & Friday 1 April 2022     (9.30am - 3.00pm)

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Reconnecting: Making your shared education partnership work (Call 2)

Provider: Queens University Belfast

Dates: Tuesday 15 & Wednesday 16 March & Thursday 31 March 2022     (9.30am - 3.00pm)

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Collaborative Leadership for Middle Leadership (Call 1)

Provider: Leonedu

Dates: Thurs 20 Jan, Thurs 10 Apr, Mon 21 March, Tues 5 April, Tues 3 May & Tues 24 May 2022 (9.00am - 12.30pm)

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Sharing through Play (Call 3)

Provider: Stranmillis University

Dates: Monday 21 & Tuesday 22 March & Friday 6 May 2022 (9.30am - 3.00pm)

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Deepening Online Learning for Collaborative Education (Office 365) (Call 2)

Provider: University of Ulster

DATES: Monday 25, Tuesday 26 April & Monday 6 June 2022 (9.30am - 3.00pm)

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Deepening Online Learning for Collaborative Education (G Suite) (Call 2)

Provider: University of Ulster

DATES: Thursday 28 & Friday 29 April & Friday 10 June 2022 (9.30am - 3.00pm)

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Reconnecting: Making your shared education partnership work (Call 3)

Provider: Queens University Belfast

Dates: Wednesday 4 & Thursday 5 May & Thursday 19 May 2022     (9.30am - 3.00pm)

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Developing Effective Collaboration and Sharing in Primary Schools (Call 3)

Provider: Stranmillis University

Dates: Thursday 19 & Friday 20 May & Friday 17 June 2022            (9.30am - 3.00pm)

• This is an accredited training module and will require participants to complete individual written work. Successful completion of this work will earn credits towards future Masters-level programmes at Stranmillis University College.

Visit EventBrite to book a place

 

Understanding and Managing Diversity within the Shared Classroom (Call 3)

Provider: Queens University Belfast

Dates: Thursday 19 May, Friday 20 May & Monday 6 June 2022     (9.30am - 3.00pm)

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Developing effective sharing through the curriculum - DRAMA AND WRITING (Call 2)

Provider: Stranmillis University

DATES: Monday 23 & Tuesday 24 May & Friday 17 June 2022              (9.30am - 3.00pm)

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Developing effective sharing through the curriculum - OUTDOOR LEARNING (Call 1)

Provider: Stranmillis University

DATES: Monday 30 May, Monday 6 June, & Monday 20 June 2022. (9.30am - 3.00pm)

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Developing effective sharing through the curriculum - OUTDOOR LEARNING (Call 2)

Provider: Stranmillis University

DATES: Tuesday 31 May, Tuesday 7 June, & Tuesday 21 June 2022. (9.30am - 3.00pm)

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St. Joseph’s Slate St. & Blackmountain PS, Belfast CASE Shared Education Primary 6 workshop

Children in P6 participated in an African Drumming session and a Philosophy taster talk with Mr McAreavey, Head teacher in Holy Cross boys.  The children had great fun making music together on the djembe drums and learning about rhythm.  The feedback from the children was very positive and we look forward to bringing Philosophy into our school in the next academic year.  What is Philosophy for children?  Philosophical development is giving students the opportunity to practice and improve philosophising and the intellectual competencies involved in this, which have wider application in most, if not all subjects and becomes an important part of life-long learning.  Through the Shared Education programme we hope to equip the pupils and teachers involved in these life skills and equip them for future learning and experiences.

Last modified: 22 October 2020