Who we are

Cork Education Support Centre (CESC) is funded by the Department of Education through the Teacher Education Section (TES) under the National Development Plan. Since its establishment in 1973 the Centre has provided Primary, Post-Primary, National, Regional and Local Professional development for teachers in Cork city and county.

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Upcoming events


NEPS - Incredible Years 2017/2018

Incredible Years Teacher Classroom Management Training Programme for DEIS Schools - The Incredible Years Teacher Classroom Management (IYTCM) programme is part of the Incredible Years Parent, Teacher and Child training series. This series aims to prevent and reduce conduct problems in children.

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Assessment for Learning Bootcamp

This course is intended for teachers who want to develop their understanding and practice of Assessment for Learning. This course would also be useful for principals and other school leaders who are interested in supporting their staff to develop this important part of everyday practice effectively.

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Instructional Leadership Facilitator - Primary Sector

Information and Application Process

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Schools Excellence Fund - Creative Clusters

Creative Clusters is a pilot initiative of the Department of Education and Skills, led by and in partnership with the 21 full-time Teacher Education Centres. A Creative Cluster will typically consist of between three and five schools collaborating on the design, implementation, evaluation and dissemination of an innovative arts and creative learning project which supports them to address a common issue or challenge. Please note that applications have to be submitted to the local full-time Teacher Education Centre by the deadline of 11 May 2018. Detailed information on Creative Clusters and how to apply can be found at: https://www.education.ie/en/Schools-Colleges/Information/Curriculum-and-Syllabus/creative-clusters.html If my school has applied to the Arts Council to be a Creative School can we also apply to the Creative Clusters initiative? You are eligible to apply to both initiatives, however, in the event that your application to Creative Schools is successful you will not be eligible to also participate in the Creative Cluster Initiative. This is in order to ensure that as broad a range of schools as possible receive support to develop their capacity in the area of the arts and creativity. Is there a connection between Creative Schools and Creative Clusters? Yes. Creative Schools and Creative Clusters are both important initiatives of Creative Youth – A Plan to Enable the Creative Potential of Every Child and Young Person, which was published in December 2017 as part of the Creative Ireland Programme. We anticipate that there may be opportunities for schools in both pilot initiatives to come together to share learning and best practice and that across Ireland a community of schools can connect, grow and support other schools on their journey”.

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Primary Resources

This ready to use resource is designed to raise awareness amongst younger children of the dangers of household chemicals. Under the Sink is a short, clear, online presentation, designed for use on classroom whiteboards and comes with useful teacher guidelines, including a lesson plan and suggestions for follow up cross-curricular activities. While the resource is most closely linked to the SPHE curriculum objectives for First and Second classes, with a little adaption, it links with curriculum objectives at other class levels and can also be used by teachers of Infant or Senior classes as an awareness-raising tool. This resource is also available as Gaeilge.

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Summer Courses 2018

Booking is open

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Nature of Service and Principles to Safeguard Children from Harm Cork Education Support Centre, is one of 21 Education Centres which operates nationally to provide programmes of professional continuing development (CPD) supports for teachers and schools in Cork city and county. The Education Act (1998) defines Education Centres as “a place in which services are provided for schools, teachers, parents, boards and other relevant persons which support them in carrying out their functions in respect of the provision of education which is recognised for that purpose by the Minister”

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Car Parking

Car Parking is very limited in the centre. Click the link for parking alternatives in the vicinity

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8 week Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Course (MBSR)

Certificate available for CPD. This course acts as a prerequisite for the Paws b and .b courses. COURSE DESCRIPTION We are delighted to announce that we will run an 8 week course in Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction beginning on the 28th January, 2019. This eight week Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction course is an evidence based educational training in Mindfulness. It comprises eight two hour sessions and one full day of retreat and practice. It includes course materials which comprise of 3 guided meditations and a course workbook. This course is the gold standard in mindfulness based training. Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction was developed over 30 years ago by Dr.Jon Kabat- Zinn at the University of Massachusetts Medical Centre, USA.

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Scríobh Leabhar 2019

Scríobh Leabhar as Gaeilge Write a book as Gaeilge Books to be submitted to CESC 15 March 2019

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Coaching Accredited Course

Due to high demand the CESC are delighted to announce that our sixth Coaching Course will start 17 Jan 19 for 7 nights

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Our Facilities

Cork Education Support Centre is a purpose-built facility dedicated to the training and support of the education community in its catchment area. Meeting and training rooms are available to accommodate up to 80 people.

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