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September 2017 newsletter

Welcome to our monthly newsletter - Issue no. 39


Upcoming Courses - click on the link below for further details

Dear Colleagues,

Welcome to the September 2017 edition of our newsletter.  


Apple RTC Launch
The launch of our Apple RTC workshops will be held in LEC on Tuesday September 19th at 4 p.m.  This year's Keynote speaker is Fraser Speirs, Head of Secondary at Cedars School of excellence, the worlds first 1:1 iPad school).  For further information please click here.

Our new website is now live!  Please note it is essential to register on the website first in order to book your place on our courses.

Primary Debating Competition
Congratulations to Castleconnell N.S. who beat a gallant Nenagh CBS team in the final of the Primary Schools Debating competition held recently.  Many thanks to Shane O'Neill who organised the competition and to all the adjudicators who gave their valued time over the last school year.  An information session will be held for this year's competition on 21st September at 4.30 p.m. - click here for more details.

Photo below is of Castleconnell N.S. who won the competition.

Nenagh CBS, photoed below, who were runners-up in the competition.

NIPT workshops
The NIPT workshops for Newly Qualified Teachers (NQTs) commenced earlier this month.  The registration form is available here.  We look forward to welcoming NQTs to LEC over the school year.  For further information regarding NIPT workshops please email

We will shortly be announcing details of the CRAFTed programme for Primary schools.  The programme has been very successful over the last few years and we look forward to working again with the Design & Crafts Council of Ireland.

Professional Development for Teachers – Summer Course Programme 2017

The 2017 Summer Programme for Teachers was a resounding success. A record number of courses (30) was offered and all were fully booked. Our new courses in First Aid, Team Maths, Biodiversity. Mindfulness and Yoga, Well-being and Pilates were very popular. Our core programmes in Aistear, literacy and numeracy, Speech and Language and ICT were heavily subscribed.

This year we were delighted to base some of our courses in the LCETB Further Education Campus on the Kilmallock Road. We are also very grateful to the schools that hosted courses in their centres. Over 575 teachers attended our courses this year and the feedback has been very encouraging. Of this number, 360 teachers attended our curricular courses and over 95% of these participants considered these courses beneficial and very helpful.  213 teachers (primary and post-primary) attended our twelve ICT courses which included a new focus on computational thinking, LEGO and Bee Bots. Almost all of these teachers rated the courses as excellent or very good.

This feedback is being taken into account in the planning of programmes, courses, and plenaries for 2018, beginning in earnest already. We also asked course participants to highlight their CPD needs and our programmes this year will reflect their preferred options. Our website continues to advertise short courses and new projects which we offer during the year and will be updated over the coming months as the programmes take shape. If your school would be interested in hosting a summer course next year, please let us know.

LEC offers limited car parking facilities which are based on a first come first served basis. The car parking area for LEC is located at the front of Marshal House. The areas to the side and rear of Marshal House are dedicated parking areas for the LCETB staff.  These areas are available to LEC for afternoon and evening courses/sessions (from 4.00 p.m. onwards).  Please note that we do not advise clients and visitors to LEC to park in Garryowen Football Club. This is a private car park which is available for GFC members/supporters only.  

For details on upcoming initiatives and activities in LEC please keep an eye to our website or for direct communication why not like our Facebook Page or join us on Twitter.

I hope you had an enjoyable Summer holiday and hope to see you again in LEC during the Autumn term.

Le meas buan agus buíochas mór,

Dr Carmel O'Doherty


In September we will be launching our range of Apple RTC workshops for the 2017/2018 school year.  Stay tuned to our website for further details.


Have you downloaded our App yet?  The App is available to download via iTunes and theGoogle Play Store.

Useful links - Acceptable Use Policy (AUP)
Professional Development Service for Teachers (PDST)
Teaching Council website

Substitute Teacher Registration Form

To register as a Substitute Teacher you must be registered with the Teaching Council of Ireland and provide the following: 1) An original copy of your third level certified qualification(s), this will be photocopied and returned to you. 2) A completed, stamped, Garda Clearance Form (the form can be obtained from) - The Teaching Council Block A, Maynooth Business Campus, Maynooth, Co. Kildare, Tel. 01-6517963 or 01-6517952 3) A non-refundable registration fee of €50 made payable to the Limerick Education Centre. This fee will cover the cost of your registration for the academic year in which you subscribe to the service. 4) A self-addressed envelope that will be used to return any documentation submitted with a copy of your receipt. Please click here to complete our application form.
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Please note it is essential to register on this website first in order to book your place on our courses.

When registering please use your personal email rather the school email.

You can then login using your email address or username and password and book your course.

Once registered check your email and look out for the email "Limerick Education Centre CPD Courses - Your details"

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