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Classroom activities for Newly Arrived Students - Booklet

OTB Author Fiona Forman and Graphic Designer Andrea Heron have designed a free booklet to assist teachers in helping newly-arrived children from the Ukraine to feel safe, calm, hopeful and connected, as well as providing them with ways to cope. 

FREE COPIES:Schools may order actual printed copies of the booklet for their Ukrainian children at no charge by completing theFree Booklet Request FormHEREor by emailing:This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

This free booklet has been rigorously reviewed and subsequently amended by senior educational psychologists and also by Educational Psychotherapist Marie Delaney, who has extensive experience working with students who have been affected by traumatic experiences and is the founder This is to ensure that the content is in line with Government guidelines and good practice.

 Teachers using this booklet should refer to the accompanying Nótaí an Mhúinteora to accompany the Booklet: Fáilte go hÉirinn – Gníomhaíochtaí ranga do dhaltaí nua. 

The booklet – Fáilte go hÉirinn – Gníomhaíochtaí ranga do dhaltaí nua. – is dual language (English and Irish) and is available as a free download or in printed format, free from Outside the Box. 

Tá anLeabhránagus naNotaí an Mhúinteoraar fáil i nGaeilge freisin

The booklet has been written byFiona Formanwho is a Positive Psychology expert and has delivered and continues to deliver well-being training through education centres, teacher training colleges and numerous schools throughout Ireland and overseas. Fiona is the co-author ofWeaving Well-Being&Fí na Folláine(2ndto 6thClasses) now being used in a substantial number of schools in Ireland,Australiaand theUK. More recently Fiona’s junior primary programmeWelcome to Well-Being(Junior Infants to First Class) and secondary school programmeWired for Well-Being(First Year to Third Year) have been published. 

Please keep an eye on theUkrainian Support Pagefor all the latest news, downloads, special announcements and relevant resources, particularly in the following areas:

Resources for Supporting Newly Arrived Children From Ukraine

Click on the links for further information 

Padlet Resources

Cultural and Linguistic Resources - Primary

Cultural and Linguistics Resources - Post Primary

Supporting Ukrainian Students and Families - click here

Supporting the Wellbeing of Children from Ukraine in your School – Guidance for primary schools - click here

Departmental correspondence to schools on support measures to support influx of Ukrainian pupils - click here

EAL resources list from the National Council for Curriculum and Assessment - click here

Supporting Children and Young People in a time of War Advice for School Staff - click here

Minister Foley announces the establishment of Regional Education and Language Teams for Ukraine - click here

PDST supports for culturally and linguistically diverse learners (Post Primary) - click here

PDST supports for culturally and linguistically diverse learners (Primary) - click here

CPSMA podcast - click here

Talking to Children about War and Conflict - click here

Assistive Technology to make learning easier - click here

Microsoft 365 resources: improve communication and inclusion in the classroom - click here

Supporting Multilingual children's languages ELSTA ESCI Webinar 20 March 2022 Dr. Mary-Pat O'Malley NUIG - click here

Classroom Languages for Ukrainian students - Ukrainian - click here

Further information on Teaching Resources and Healthcare & Support available at ESCI website:

Welcoming new arrivals – Practical Language Learning Ideas using Online Resources Webinar for Primary Teachers - click here

Primary - Welcoming Children to our schools - click here

Post Primary - Welcoming Children to our schools - click here

Welcoming and Supporting Newly Arrived Children from Ukraine and Beyond - click here

Classroom activities for Newly Arrived Students - Booklet - click here



New Online Safety Resources, Training and Webinars available from Webwise

Acmhainní maidir le Sábháilteacht ar Líne, Oiliúint agus Seimineáir Ghréasáin ar fáil ó Webwise

New Online Safety Resources, Training and Webinars available from Webwise

  • English

    Webwise Teachers Evening Webinar Series
    Webwise have just completed a series of evening webinars for teachers. If you missed the webinars, recordings are available. The Webwise Teacher Series aims to provide helpful information, advice, guidance and resources to assist the introduction of online safety into the classroom. The series was supported by experts in the area of digital technology, SPHE, Academics and legal experts. The webinars explored the recently enacted Coco's Law, addressing cyberbullying in school, media and information literacy and introducing online safety to young children.
    Links to webinars:
    News and information literacy:
    Cyberbullying (Post-Primary):
    Coco's Law, image-sharing and consent:

    HTML Heroes - New resource for 1st and 2nd class
    Webwise recently launched a new resource for teachers of 1st and 2nd class; HTML Heroes: Welcome to the Internet. The HTML Heroes Programme has been designed for teachers of 1st and 2nd class to introduce pupils to the first steps of accessing and using the internet in a safe and responsible manner. The resource has five lessons that can be explored separately or delivered as a whole unit. The lessons explore areas including using the internet safely, communicating online, playing and learning online, getting help and support. Through five short illustrated stories pupils will learn the basic skills for being safe and secure online, including why it is essential to STOP, THINK, CHECK when accessing the digital world. The five lessons in the resource provide opportunities to engage with digital technology and highlight the benefits and opportunities the internet brings while also equipping pupils with the skills to safely navigate the digital world. The resource can be accessed here:

    Understanding Coco's Law - New SPHE Lesson
    In response to the very welcome changes to legislation this year making the non-consensual sharing of intimate images an offence and the introduction of Coco's Law, Webwise have created a dedicated SPHE Lesson for teachers. Understanding the Harassment, Harmful Communication and Related Offences Act 2020 and the legal consequences of it for young people. This lesson is intended to be appropriate for the 3rd to 5th year demographic. Students will be able to recognise the key offences under the Harassment, Harmful Communication and Related Offences Act 2020. Students will understand that their online actions have consequences for both themselves and others and that they are accountable for their actions. Students will feel empowered to speak-up about online sexual harassment and know where to go for help if it occurs.

    The Full Picture Lesson
    The Full Picture Lesson has been designed to assist and support teachers of SPHE when teaching their students about the influences and pressures young people may face while using social media, the impact on their self-esteem online and how to manage their online wellbeing. The aim is to encourage students to be mindful of the impact, both positive and negative, social media can have on how we feel and empower them with the resources and strategies to manage their own online wellbeing.

    Safer Internet Day Scripted Presentations
    Free Safer Internet Day Presentations are available for Primary and Post-Primary level. These include Primary school presentations for use with 1st and 2nd class, 3rdand 4th class, and 5th and 6th class. The Post-Primary level presentation explore topics including News, Information and the Problems of False Information; Managing Your Online Wellbeing; Respectful Communication Online; Self-Esteem Online -- The Full Picture. The presentations, a full script/notes, and Take Home Activities can be downloaded below.

    Applications open for SID Ambassador Training Programme (Open to post-Primary Students)
    An important aspect of anti-bullying prevention, wellbeing and internet safety in schools is the active involvement of students in building a positive school climate.

    As a part of our Safer Internet Day campaign, Webwise is reaching out to post-primary students and encouraging and supporting them to address internet safety issues such as cyberbullying, online wellbeing, false information online, privacy, data protection and your rights online by leading awareness-raising campaigns in their clubs, schools, and communities.

    With support of the Webwise Youth Advisory panel students will engage in 5 online training sessions to empower them to lead safer internet campaigns in their schools. The programme will take place over December and January in the lead up to Safer Internet Day, 8th February 2022.

    Students can apply directly or teacher can nominate interested students:

  • Gaeilge

    Oíche Múinteoirí ar Shraith Seimineár Gréasáin Webwise

    Tá Webwise tar éis críoch a chur le sraith de sheimineáir ghréasáin do mhúinteoirí. Má chaill tú na seimineáir ghréasáin, tá taifeadtaí ar fáil. Tá sé mar aidhm ag an tSraith Múinteoirí Webwise eolas, comhairle, treoir agus acmhainní cabhracha a chur ar fáil chun cúnamh a thabhairt sábháilteacht ar líne a thabhairt isteach sa seomra ranga. Fuair an tsraith tacaíocht ó shaineolaithe i réimse na teicneolaíochta digiteacha agus OSPS, agus ó acadóirí agus saineolaithe dlí. Pléadh sna seimineáir ghréasáin Dlí Coco, a achtaíodh le déanaí, inar tugadh aghaidh ar an cibearbhulaíocht ar scoil, litearthacht sna meáin, litearthacht faisnéise agus sábháilteacht ar líne a thabhairt isteach do dhaoine óga.

    Naisc go dtí na seimineáir ghréasáin:
    Litearthacht Nuachta agus Eolais:
    Cibearbhulaíocht (Iar-bhunscoil):
    Dlí Coco, roinnt íomhánna agus toiliú:

    Laochra HTML - Acmhainn nua do Ranganna 1 agus 2

    Lainseáil Webwise le déanaí acmhainn nua do mhúinteoirí do Ranganna 1 agus 2; is é sin Laochra HTML: Fáilte chuig an Idirlíon. Dearadh an Clár Laochra HTML do mhúinteoirí Ranganna 1 agus 2 chun daltaí a chur ar an eolas faoi na chéad chéimeanna a bhaineann le rochtain a fháil ar agus leas a bhaint as an idirlíon ar bhealach sábháilte agus freagrach. Tá cúig cheacht san acmhainn a bhféadfaí iniúchadh a dhéanamh orthu leo féin nó a ndéanamh mar aonad iomlán. Déantar réimsí a phlé sna ceachtanna lena n-áirítear an t-idirlíon a úsáid go sábháilte, ag cumarsáid ar líne, ag imirt agus ag foghlaim ar líne agus ag fáil cúnaimh agus tacaíochta. Foghlaimeoidh daltaí, trí chúig ghearrscéal maisithe, na bunscileanna a bhaineann le bheith slán sábháilte ar líne, lena n-áirítear an fáth a bhfuil sé ríthábhachtach STOP, SMAOINIGH agus SEICEÁIL nuair atá teacht agat ar an domhan digiteach. Cuirtear deiseanna ar fáil leis na cúig cheacht san acmhainn seo chun dul i ngleic leis an teicneolaíocht dhigiteach agus na tairbhí agus na deiseanna a bhaineann leis an idirlíon a léiriú agus ag an am céanna ag ullmhú daltaí leis na scileanna a theastóidh uathu chun an domhan digiteach a nascleanúint go sábháilte. Is féidir leat teacht ar an acmhainn anseo:

    Ag Tuiscint Dlí Coco - Ceacht OSPS Nua

    Mar fhreagairt ar na hathruithe iontacha a rinneadh ar an reachtaíocht i mbliana, ina bhfuil sé mar chion anois íomhánna dlúthphearsanta a roinnt gan cead, agus i ndiaidh Dlí Coco a thabhairt isteach, tá Ceacht OSPS tiomnaithe le haghaidh múinteoirí cruthaithe ag Webwise. Ní mór tuiscint a bheith agat ar an Acht um Chiapadh, Cumarsáid Dhochrach agus Cionta Gaolmhara 2020 agus ar na hiarmhairtí dlíthiúla a bhaineann leis do dhaoine óga. Tá an ceacht seo in ainm a bheith feiliúnach do dhéimeagrafach Bhlianta 3 go 5. Beidh daltaí in ann na príomhchionta a aithint faoin Acht um Chiapadh, Cumarsáid Dhochrach agus Cionta Gaolmhara 2020. Tuigfidh daltaí go bhfuil iarmhairtí ar a gcuid gníomhaíochtaí ar líne dóibh féin agus do dhaoine eile araon agus go bhfuil siad freagrach as a ngníomhaíochtaí. Tabharfar spreagadh do dhaltaí labhairt amach faoi chiapadh gnéis ar líne agus beidh siad ar an eolas faoin áit le dul do chúnamh má tharlaíonn a leithéid de sin dóibh. Nasc:

    Ceacht: An Pictiúr Iomlán

    Dearadh An Pictiúr Iomlán chun cabhrú le agus tacaíocht a thabhairt do mhúinteoirí OSPS nuair atá siad ag múineadh a ndaltaí faoi na tionchair agus faoin mbrú a d’fhéadfadh a bheith roimh dhaoine óga nuair atá siad ag baint leas as na meáin shóisialta, nó an tionchar a d’fhéadfadh a bheith ag na meáin ar a bhféinmhuinín ar líne agus an chaoi ar féidir leo a bhfolláine a bhainistiú ar líne. An aidhm atá leis an gceacht seo is ea spreagadh a thabhairt do dhaltaí le bheith níos cúramaí i dtaca leis an tionchar, dearfach agus diúltach araon, a d’fhéadfadh na meáin shóisialta a bheith acu ar an gcaoi a mothaíonn muid agus na daltaí a chumasú leis na hacmhainní agus straitéisí chun a bhfolláine féin ar líne a bhainistiú. Nasc:

    Cuir i Láthair Phleanáilte ar Lá Idirlín Níos Sábháilte

    Tá Cuir i Láthair shaor in aisce ar Lá Idirlín Níos Sábháilte ar fáil do Bhunscoileanna agus Iar-bhunscoileanna. Tá cuir i láthair bhunscoile iontu seo le haghaidh úsáide le Ranganna 1 agus 2, Ranganna 3 agus 4 agus Ranganna 5 agus 6. Pléitear sna cuir i láthair Iar-bhunscoile ábhair cosúil leis an Nuacht, Eolas agus na Fadhbanna a bhaineann le hEolas Bréagach; D’Fholláine Ar Líne a Bhainistiú; Cumarsáid Mheasúil Ar Líne; Féinmhuinín Ar Líne – An Pictiúr Iomlán. Is féidir leat na cuir i láthair, script iomlán/ nótaí iomlána, agus Gníomhaíochtaí le Tabhairt Abhaile a íoslódáil thíos. Nasc:

    Tá iarratais oscailte don Chlár Oiliúna Ambasadóta SID (Oscailte do Dhaltaí Iar-bhunscoile).

    Gné tábhachtach de chosc ar an bhfrithbhulaíocht, folláine agus sábháilteacht ar líne i scoileanna is ea rannpháirtíocht ghníomhach daltaí in aeráid scoile dhearfach a fhorbairt.

    Tá Webwise, mar chuid dár bhfeachtas Lá Idirlín Níos Sábháilte, ag freastal ar dhaltaí iar-bhunscoile agus ag tabhairt spreagadh agus tacaíocht dóibh aghaidh a thabhairt ar fhadhbanna maidir le sábháilteacht ar líne, cosúil leis an cibearbhulaíocht, folláine ar líne, eolas bréagach ar líne, príobháideachas, cosaint sonraí agus do chearta ar líne. Chomh maith leis sin, tá feachtais á gcur ar siúl ag Webwise chun daoine a chur ar an eolas faoin méid seo ina gclubanna, scoileanna agus pobail féin.

    Le tacaíocht ón bpainéal Comhairleach Óige Webwise, rachaidh daltaí glacfaidh daltaí páirt i gcúig sheisiún oiliúna ar líne chun spreagadh a thabhairt dóibh féin feachtais idirlín níos sábháilte a chur ar siúl ina gcuid scoileanna. Beidh an clár ar siúl thar mhí na Nollag agus mí Eanáir roimh Lá Idirlín Níos Sábháilte, ar an 8 Feabhra 2022.

    Is féidir le daltaí iarratas a dhéanamh go díreach nó is féidir le múinteoirí daltaí a bhfuil suim acu a ainmniú:

Read more …New Online Safety Resources, Training and Webinars available from Webwise

Helping Our Homeless - A Gift for Schools

A copy of ‘Sixty Photographs for Simon’ printed in aid of the Simon Community is available FREE to your school courtesy of Vincent Butler, through Donegal Education Centre. A representative from your school can collect the book from the Education Centre at your earliest convenience.

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For more information on Vincent visit 

Supporting VHR Students

Supporting VHR Students

Dear Principal/teacher/parent,

Following a number of queries received by our centre in recent weeks we would like to bring some clarity to the role of the Education Centre in supporting the continuation of Learning for learners at Very High Risk to COVID 19.

The Department of Education had indicated that Education Centres may be in a position to link teachers who are themselves working from home due to their own health status with other schools who have VHR learners who also remain at home. This support was intended to be an additional support to the work of the school.

In order to progress this support Education Centres did make a request from all schools in their region for information on the number of teachers available for this additional support. The response to this request was not sufficient enough to put in place a panel of teachers. Therefore, Education Centres do not currently have a panel of teachers to provide additional supports to learners at very high risk to Covid-19.

Education Centres are however committed to supporting teachers in facilitating remote teaching and learning needs. These supports can extend to assistance with online learning, connecting that teacher with curricular support and resources through the support services and any other bespoke requests that may arise.

Should you have any areas where you would like your local Education Centre to provide support please do contact the centre and we can discuss your request and how best we can respond.

The Education Support Centres Ireland (E.S.C.I.) have produced two webinars in response to demand, which may help schools to fully understand what supports are currently available through the various partners in education such as the Inspectorate, PDST. JCT, NCSE NEPS etc, as well as through the education centre network as a whole. These webinars are available to view below.

E.S.C.I. have also commissioned a suite of webinars for ‘Supporting Schools with VHR students’. For more details on how to access these webinars, click here.

Supporting VHR Students - Primary
Supporting VHR Students - Post Primary

Information on recording of webinars

Please Note that our Live Webinars are not recorded. We aim to make the webinar delivery as close as possible to face to face CPD, and you will be able to interact with the tutor and other participants during the session using the chat and Q & A function.

Creating LGBTI+ Inclusive Schools: Free LGBTI+ Skills Online Training for Educators

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Creating LGBTI+ Inclusive Schools: Free LGBTI+ Skills Online Training for Educators 

The City of Dublin Education Training Board and BeLonG To Youth Services have launched free online LGBTI+ skills training for Teachers, Guidance Counsellors, Principals and School Staff. The training programme that will help educators to create an environment that is safe and welcoming for LGBTI+ young people. This 3-hour certified training is ideal for teachers Croke Park hours.

This interactive 3-hour training includes videos, exercise and quizzes to equip educators to become better at listening to, understanding, responding to and supporting LGBT+ young people. As part of the training, participants will learn aboutterminology and language, LGBTI+ mental health, managing your own attitude and bias, nonbinary and transgender identities, coming out and improving your practice.

Some 73% of LGBTI+ students in Irelandrevealed that they feel unsafe at school as part of the 2019 School Climate Survey. Research shows between 6–10% of any group of young people may identify as LGBTI+, so it is most likely that some of the individuals will benefit from the skills and knowledge gained by professionals who complete the training. In the School Climate Survey, LGBTI+ youth talked about the extraordinary difference one supportive adult can make in their lives. This support means they are more likely to feel accepted by their peers, feel increased sense of belonging and were less likely tomiss school to avoid victimisation.

Sign up for this training course today and be one of the supportive adults in the lives of your LGBTI+ students.

This training is available from - select the course: Creating LGBT+ inclusive Schools and Youth Services with BeLonG To’ and get started!