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Cork Education Support Centre (CESC) is funded by the Department of Education & Skills through the Teacher Education Section (TES) under the National Development Plan. The current Director is Sean Horgan.

Since its establishment in 1973 the Centre has provided support for Primary, Post-Primary, National, Regional and Local Professional development for teachers and the education community in Cork City and County.

The Centre aims to:

  • Administer national, regional and local in-service programmes
  • Deliver seminars in the area of continued professional development
  • Support PDST and JCT Advisors 
  • Support regional and local curriculum development projects
  • Provide a meeting place for teacher groups and subject associations
  • Plan and organise local courses for Primary and Post-primary teachers,SNA's and other members of the school community.
  • Provide ICT local courses
  • Support local teacher, SNA, parent and principal groups
  • Organise and run spring, summer and autumn local courses
  • Provide cluster-based workshops and outreach courses for teachers
  • Provide a venue for the education community.

The centre hosts the Special Education Support Service and it offers the Reading Recovery programme.

Child Protection Policy

The Designated Liaison Person is Sean Horgan.

The Deputy Designated Liaison Person is Ms. Maighread Kelly Walker.


The Centre was initially located in the Model School in Anglesea Street. The first full-time Director was Bart Bambury (1973 – 2001).

Over the years the centre has moved premises a number of times.
Michael Jackson, Acting Director, (2001 -2002) oversaw a change of name which coincided with the move to the present location on Western Road in January 2002.
Cork Education Support Centre is a custom-built, state of the art facility incorporating the old Holy Trinity Rectory (previously occupied by the Music Department of UCC) along with a sizeable new development on the Mardyke Walk side of the site.