PROJECTS - Co. Wexford Education Centre
Our Primary Debating project involves primary teachers and their students integrating the skills of debating across the primary curriculum. Classroom debates enable students to work cooperatively, brainstorm ideas, develop vocabulary and read to support and/or oppose an opinion. By conducting research, students take notes to summarize, question, and clarify information. Questioning allows students to explain and to explore additional facts for clarification purposes. These comprehension skills are essential for students to become competent readers and writers linking debates directly to the entire curriculum. Between 10 and 20 schools are involved on an annual basis.
‘Connecting creativity and innovation through Craft’
CRAFTed is the Design & Crafts Council of Ireland’s Primary School Visual Arts based educational programme. It promotes learning through creativity and innovation, placing professional craftspeople to work alongside teachers in primary schools.
It focuses on integrated learning methodologies through the Visual Arts Curriculum, using a process-led methodology that focuses on the child’s own creativity.
CRAFTed is being developed and delivered in partnership with the full-time Education Centres (ATECI) across the Republic of Ireland
The key elements about CRAFTed
- Programme is based on sound education principles aimed at developing a creative, process led collaborative programme between teachers, students and craftspeople
- Building skills through collaboratively based continuous professional development programmes for teachers and craftspeople
- Delivering an active programme in schools, focusing on supporting integrated learning in the Visual Arts, (VA) and Social, Environmental and Scientific Education (SESE) curricula at primary level.
- Emphasis on craft based skills that utilize and reinforce numeracy & literacy skills
- Facilitates a continuum of learning through the development of web-based resources accessible to both teachers and craftspeople. www.learncraftdesign.ie
Design & Crafts Council of Ireland’s Education Panel – Who are they?
- All members of the Design & Crafts Council of Ireland’s Education Panel are professional craftspeople across a variety of visual arts and crafts disciplines with their own studio practice. All members attend training days; designed to focus on the aims and objects of craft based educational workshops
- Child Protection training for all education panel selected to take part in the programme
- All Education Panel members are Garda E- Vetted
- The focus on collaborative training for teachers and craftspeople is key to the development of working partnerships between artists, craftspeople and primary school teachers as part of CRAFTed.
CRAFTed 2019- how it works
This years CRAFTed programme will take place in the 2019 Spring and Summer Term. All Primary Schools will have the opportunity to apply to participate in CRAFTed, which will run in approximately 70 schools countrywide
CRAFTed 2019- how to apply
CRAFTed 2019- what your school needs to know
- Each school is asked to contribute €250 towards the cost of the programme. Education Centres will invoice selected schools for the €250
- Materials budget to be agreed by school and craftsperson in advance of the project starting and as part of the collaborative planning evening (Guidelines for materials spend is €100 to €150max
- The type of projects and number of students involved will have a direct effect on the cost of materials
Time Frame / Contact Hours
- The on-site programme in schools is for ten contact hours to take place between February to May 2019
- Teachers and Craftspeople should allow time after each session for feedback and planning.
- Sessions will be timetabled to suit participating teachers and craftspeople. These dates will be set at the Collaborative Planning Session.
- CRAFTed Showcase event to take place in Co. Wexford Education Centre on Wednesday 22nd May 2019.
If your school is selected it is compulsory that the participating teacher is available for the planning events and dates below
- Teacher who attends CRAFTed Information & Planning Session on Wednesday 6th February 2019 must be the teacher who rolls out the project.
- Showcase Event Wednesday 22nd May 2019
For more information on CRAFTed go to
Sports Day is approaching fast! This promises to be a fun and interactive workshop demonstrating some fresh ideas for a co-operative and inclusive sports day. All activities will be practical and everyone who attends will leave with a resource pack of ideas to use to help run their own school sports day.
Co. Wexford Education Centre has partnered with schools to enhancemathslearning and teaching. Izak9 is an inclusivemathslearning and teaching device for upper primary pupils and young second-level students that utilises both virtual and physical elements to promote active learning and teamwork. Participating schools benefit from being able to receive Izak9 for a 4 week period during 2015 and 2016.
The competition was aimed at raising awareness among children and their families about the critical issue of safety in construction. Children wereasked to create a piece of art, or, write a story or poem, with a construction safety theme. The winners had the opportunity to participate in workshops around the country with artists and writers from Kids’ Own Publishing Partnership. The resulting book will be published by the Health and Safety Authority in the Autumn and sent to all schools and libraries nationwide.
Something Fishy is an Educational Programme, aimed at Primary school pupils aged between 10-13 years, which informs and educates students on fish, water, angling, and the environment.
The ‘Something Fishy’ education programme was a concept originally developed in collaboration between the Central Fisheries Board (CFB) and Blackrock Education Centre (BEC). This team created lesson plans and activity sheets based on the theme of the ‘Life cycle of salmon’ - Bradán. It has since been developed, with web based resources and new lesson plans now available.