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These hands-on workshops will focus on active teaching and learning approaches that will help to support enjoyable and interactive learning in the classroom. This should help to engage and motivate learners and encourage lateral thinking, group work, critical analysis and reflection. The session will introduce teachers/tutors to a range of different activities that are quick and easy to implement in their classrooms and learning contexts.

The facilitator for these sessions is Miriam O' Donoghue, Deputy Director of the CDETB Curriculum Development Unit and National Manager of the Further Education Support Service (FESS).

The target audience for these workshops is teachers and tutors working in FET.

This interactive workshop is aimed at developing insight into the challenges facing learners with mental health difficulties and the potential importance of education in mental health recovery. Issues relating to policy will be covered and discussed, including the relevance of equality legislation, disclosure and confidentiality guidelines and admission and interview procedures. A range of possible supports for learners will be presented and some challenging case studies/scenarios will be discussed.

This training will support development of equality policy and procedures, and will be beneficial for work with all learners because good practice in supporting learners with mental health difficulties is good education practice.

Facilitator: Dr. Marie Rooney, Education Consultant

The target audience for this workshop is those with a management role within their provider, for example, principals, deputy principals, centre managers, QA officers and co-ordinators.

Working in the Further Education and Training (FET) sector presents teachers/tutors/trainers with a broad range of challenges. These include the wide diversity of abilities and experiences of the learner cohort and various levels of motivation. Social, emotional and behavioural issues amongst this learner cohort add to the complexity of the learning context within which FET staff practise. This session will offer practical strategies to help equip teachers/tutors/trainers to respond to the challenging behaviours encountered daily. It will also give teachers/tutors/trainers an opportunity to share and learn from each other.

Facilitator: Harry Freeman, Education Consultant

The target audience for these workshops is teachers/tutors/trainers working in FET.

This workshop will support the role of the assessor in the FET learning environment. It will cover:
• Overview of the assessment process, including key milestones
• Ensuring an understanding of the standard associated with levels 1 – 6 of the National Framework of Qualifications (NFQ)
• Devising assessment instruments (briefs and examination papers), marking schemes and outline solutions
• Making assessment judgements/decisions


Facilitator: FESS


The target audience for these workshops is new teachers/tutors/trainers in FET OR those with a role in supporting teachers/tutors/trainers in assessment activities within their provider

This practical workshop will explore different aspects of the role of the facilitator and will include the use of a range of tools and techniques to help FET staff in leadership roles to facilitate groups and teams to have meaningful conversations/discussions, and work towards consensus and decision making. 

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