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Northern Ireland Certified Educator Programme 2022

The new academic year sees the launch of a fully-funded professional development opportunity by Google for Education, in partnership with C2k, specially for educators in Northern Ireland. This is a chance to become a Google Certified Educator (Level 1 and/or Level 2) and a digital leader at your school. A cohort will begin the Level 1 course in September, and the Level 2 course will follow. Sign up here.

Why become a Google Certified Educator?

● Enhance your teaching and learning skills by using Google Workspace tools to their full potential, such as Docs, Sheets, Slides, Drive, Forms and many more.

● Reduce your workload using Google tools to manage your teaching as efficiently and effectively as possible.

● Connect with our supportive community of educators who will support you with challenges and celebrate your successes!

● Achieve a globally recognised certification for your technological skills in the classroom by passing the exam to be a Google Certified Educator.

● Feel confident to lead your students and school in digital learning.

How will the training be organised?

You will be invited to a virtual launch event. Thereafter, you’ll attend a weekly 1-hour live training webinar for 3 weeks. The training package will be hosted remotely within Google Classroom, on Google Chat and other digital tools. The same webinar will be repeated twice each week for flexibility. You will receive access to high-quality training resources, including Workspace Skills, and daily personalised support to help you get the most out of the course.

Cohort 1: Virtual Launch Event! - Monday 26th September online 7pm

Week 1 Tuesday 27th September 7-8pm OR Thursday 29th September 4-5 pm

Week 2 Tuesday 4th October 7-8pm OR Thursday 6th October 4-5pm

Week 3 Tuesday 11th October 7-8pm OR Thursday 13th October 4-5pm

Take your L1 exam, fully-funded by Google for Education

Celebration Event! You are invited to join us in-person on Wednesday 26th October at the Google for Education Summit at Titanic Belfast!

Level 2 Virtual Launch Monday 7th November online 7pm

Week 1 Tuesday 8th November 7-8pm OR Thursday 10th November 4-5 pm

Week 2 Tuesday 15th November 7-8pm OR Thursday 17th November 4-5pm

Week 3 Tuesday 22nd November 7-8pm OR Thursday 24th November 4-5pm

Take your L2 exam, fully-funded by Google for Education

Register here.

EA Training - CLEAPSS Health and Safety Management for Heads of Science

In compliance with Regulation 13(1) of the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2000, the EA School Development Service will be offering one day health and safety training, provided by CLEAPSS, for all Science Heads of Department in Northern Ireland.

Attendance at this course is a crucial factor in the mitigation of risk in school science and to reduce the likelihood of HSENI prosecutions against the EA, or your school, and any resultant civil actions arising out of accidents.

The main emphasis of this one-day course is on management issues and risk assessment. It is intended for Heads of Science or their deputies and will run from 9:30am to 3/3:30pm. Each NI school can apply for one place only and must send a permanent member of staff.

Please have the approval of your Principal to attend.

> For further information and to  apply for a place please use this link which will be open from Tuesday 6th September.

Pharmacy Schools Programme | Free Resource and Supporting Webinars

The Pharmacy Schools Programme is a free resource created by teachers to support delivery of the PDMU and World Around Us elements of the NI Curriculum with lessons for Primary 1 – Primary 7. It raises awareness of self-care and community pharmacy services and creates a time for a whole of school celebration of learning.  

The Department of Health and Belfast Healthy Cities are currently working to promote the programme with schools across Northern Ireland with a particular focus on delivery in November during with ‘Ask your Pharmacist’ week and Self-Care week. To support delivery of the programme, a series of information and training sessions are planned in October, please register:

Pharmacy Schools Programme:

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