Primary Teachers' Coaching Course with Setanta College 2014-10-02 21:20:00

Cork GAA Coaching & Games and Setanta College have come together to offer school primary school teachers a teacher/coach education opportunity in the area of physical education.

This initiative was piloted in 2013 with 30 teachers and now Cork is looking to upskill teachers in Imokilly, Carrigdhoun and Seandun.

We feel that the programme being offered represents great value for the teachers involved and also to the school staff as a unit when teachers return to their schools to impart this newly acquired knowledge. While the GAA is promoting the initiative, it is a generic course concentrating on motor skills rather than sports specific skills.
This course will aid childrens participation in sport over time rather than encouraging involvement in any one particular sport.

Please read the below for further details of the education initiative opportunity being offered
  • Schools are being invited to put forward two teachers for inclusion in the programme.
  • The teachers will have to comprise of one experienced GAA teacher/coach and one inexperienced teacher/coach from the same school.
  • Both teachers will be asked to complete a short term (1-2 weeks part time) on line course from on rudimentary and fundamental movement skills necessary for childrens physical development. This course is fully accredited by HETAC and teachers will be certified upon successful completion of the course.
  • With this background, teachers will then be asked to attend a 2 hour practical workshop in Cork on Tuesday evening 18th November 2014. They will receive tuition from Dr Liam Hennessy on the practical implementation of  the on line modules and be allowed to ask questions and further their knowledge in this area.
  • Teachers will be expected to return to their own schools and up skill other members of staff on the key information learned and look at ways to integrate the movement skills in to the Physical Education Plan for the school to enhance the curriculum and its implementation in to the future.
  • Follow up meetings with Games Development Officers working with Cork Coaching & Games to ensure that the experience gained is being put to use in the school.
  • The inexperienced teachers should then be mentored by the more experienced teachers in the roll out of the school based physical education sessions.
Benefits to the teachers
Teachers will gain a clear understanding of the rudimentary and fundamental movement skills to aid pupils physical development
Teachers will be in a position to bring their learning experiences back to the school to share with other teachers and staff members.
Inexperienced coaches/teachers will be given confidence to deliver very effective and enjoyable physical education sessions to pupils
School P.E. curriculum can be enhanced with focus on rudimentary and fundamental movements becoming central to sessions.

How To Register
If your school has an interested experienced and  less experienced teacher that would be willing to engage in this training, then please email with the names of the teachers. Places are limited so book early to avoid disappointment.
The cost of the initiative is at a reduced fee of €30 per teacher or €60 per school. This fee covers the cost of the on line course, the cost of the practical follow up workshop and a resource pack which schools will receive when they provide evidence of implementation in their schools thereafter.
The deadline for receipt of entries is Friday 17th October and the workshop will be on the 18th November in Cork City.

Further information on the course can be obtained by viewing the following link​:

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