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*** FULLY BOOKED *** - Chess for Social & Cognitive Skills – Ficheall Network (Facilitator Avril Banks) - 24SU06

*** FULLY BOOKED *** - Chess for Social & Cognitive Skills – Ficheall Network (Facilitator Avril Banks) - 24SU06


Chess for Social & Cognitive Skills is like no other summer course as it is extremely hands-on and teacher-centred. Chess is a growing pastime in Irish primary schools with 1 in every 6 primary schools now joined the Ficheall network. It is an excellent extension to teaching the SPHE curriculum from 1st-6th class as well as being a fun hobby for students (and teachers) for rainy days. It promotes a variety of social and cognitive skills such as respect, forward planning, problem solving, decision making, accepting defeat, understanding resilience and developing a productive disposition to problem solving; all of which are addressed in the free beginner lessons available to participants. Course is approved for 3 EPV Days.

Some testimonials from the 369 teachers who completed the course in 2023:

  • “Best course I've done, so hands-on and enjoyable, each day flew!!”
  • “If you want a summer course where you get to have fun and learn new skills in a relaxed, easy going, pressure-free environment then this is the course for you! I really enjoyed the week and it's the first time I'm sad a summer course is over. SIGN UP! You won't regret it!”
  • A course that empowers teachers, to inspire pupils to develop a life-long enjoyment of an ancient game.
  • Not only did this course provide me with a new and concrete set of tools for teaching social skills, I also learned a new skill and pastime for myself - supporting the well being of pupils and teachers all in one!
  • As a total chess novice, it was personally and professional the best course EVER!!
  • Delighted I chose to do this course. Very engaging all week and there was great comradery and competition! Leaving the course knowing how to play well and how to set up in the classroom. Would do this again.

Teachers will have the opportunity to learn how to play chess by playing chess mini-games against other novice teachers. The course will teach all participants:

  • how to play chess (from zero prior knowledge) and the best methods of teaching primary school children as young as first class the game using a fun, games-based approach
  • how to utilise chess as an additional resource in teaching social skills in the mainstream and special education classroom to address the SPHE curriculum
  • how to organise a school chess club, school chess team and in-school chess competitions

To enrol on any of our courses: -

Step 1: To book a place on any of our summer courses teachers must be registered on our website  

Step 2: Log in and use our online booking system.

Note: Closing date for registration on all courses is 3pm on Friday 21st June 2024.

Important Points to Note for Participants of our Face-to-Face Summer Courses 2024

  • All courses run from 9.30am-2.00pm every day.
  • A minimum number of 10 participants is required in order for this course to proceed. Maximum capacity is 20 on this face-to-face summer course.
  • Full attendance is required to be awarded 3 EPV days.
  • 2 EPV days will be awarded for 4 days attendance.
  • 1 EPV day will be awarded for 3 days attendance. (Regardless of the reason for the absence).
  • No EPV days will be awarded for less than 3 days attendance.
  • Lunch break is from 11.30-12.00 each day and a light lunch will be provided each day.

Venue: Carrick on Shannon Education Support Centre, Marymount, Carrick-on-Shannon, Co. Leitrim, N41 Y172

All our summer courses are booked on the condition that the course fee is non-refundable unless stated otherwise. Course Fees are not transferrable to another teacher. Unfortunately, if you wish to cancel your place on one of our courses or you are unable to attend the course, we are not in a position to refund fees unless stated otherwise. The course fee can only be refunded if the Education Centre cancels the course.

Course Details

Course Date 01-07-2024 9:30 am
Course End Date 05-07-2024 2:00 pm
Cut off date 21-06-2024 3:00 pm
Price €50.00 (Non-Refundable)
Facilitator Avril Banks
Select Hours 20
Location Carrick-on-Shannon Education Centre
Categories Summer

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