Teachers to be given access to brilliant classroom management programmes

Teachers in all DEIS schools will now be able to access 'The Incredible Years' and 'Friends' teacher classroom management programmes.

The announcement from the Minister for Education, Richard Bruton , comes as part of the government's broader focus on supporting student wellbeing in all schools -dublinlive.ie informed.

Both programmes are supported by the Government's Educational Psychological Service (NEPS).

The Incredible Years Teacher Programme is an evidence based programme that partners with teachers, and aims to reduce the behavioural difficulties and strengthens social and emotional competence in primary school-age children.

The Friends programme reduces anxiety and promotes coping and resilience in children and young people from 4-18 years and can be delivered by teachers, universally or to targeted smaller groups of pupils.

Minister Bruton said: “Ensuring the wellbeing and mental health of all students is a key priority of mine as Minister.

"Friends and Incredible Years are internationally renowned programmes which can help our children develop the emotional resilience and coping skills which are key for flourishing in modern society.

"Commencing the rollout of these programme’s is an important action in this year’s 2017 Action Plan for Education, which sets out my ambition to make Ireland the best education and training service in Europe within a decade."

Teachers in all DEIS schools are being invited to apply for place on these programmes - which are being delivered through the education centre network.

Over the next three years these it is planned that every teacher in primary and post-primary DEIS schools nationwide will have had an opportunity to attend this training.

To date training is these programmes has only been available to DEIS schools on a very limited basis.

This announcement today, marks the significant additional investment of the Department in NEPS and the provision of substitution cover for teachers in DEIS schools attending training.

This investment will, for the first time, ensure that all teachers in all DEIS schools will have access to these programmes over the next three years.

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