Teacher Professional Learning

We run a programme of free Primary focused teacher professional learning courses throughout the year both online and in our centres in Belfast and Derry~Londonderry.

In particular, our Summer Teacher Week runs annually at the end of August and offers a wide range of Teacher Professional Learning opportunities.

Visit our What's On section for our latest opportunities.

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Primary Partnerships

Our fully funded Primary Partnerships aims to empower teachers and build capacity within schools to use technology creativity to support teaching and learning.

We will work strategically with senior management based on the school’s development plan to ensure that support offered from the CLCs will sustainably grow their use of creative technologies across the curriculum and whole school.

We aim to inspire and support teachers in the creative use of digital technology to improve engagement and learning for all across the curriculum.

Participating schools can benefit from: blended and flexible support; all-staff training opportunities; targeted teacher professional development; ICT coordinator support; support for classroom implementation; opportunities to reflect and share good practice.

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Phased Partnership Programme

We run a phased approach to our Partnerships — Empower (Phase 1) and Create (Phase 2).

The aim of the Empower phase is to empower teachers to develop their knowledge and skills in a chosen creative focus area.

Once a school has completed the Empower phase*, they can choose to apply to move onto the Create phase. The aims of the create phase are to:

  • Develop teacher knowledge and skills in the creative focus area;
  • Embed the creative focus area in the classroom across the key stages;
  • Support the curriculum and build pupils’ digital literacies and skills.

*As part of the evaluation process, schools will complete baselines and evaluations and will be expected to submit examples of updates to their ICT strategies, schemes of work, lesson plans, resources created, pupils’ work and other positive outcomes.

Applications for the Primary Partnerships are
now open and will close on
- 6pm on 17 May 2022 (Nerve Belfast & AmmA Centre, Armagh)
- 6pm on 27 May 2022 (Nerve Centre, Derry~Londonderry)

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Innovate Programme

We also run special Innovate programmes for a small number of schools who have completed phases 1 and 2. These allow schools to innovate through new initiatives and/or new technologies.

For more information contact our Partnership Co-ordinators:
Paul Sandy — Nerve Centre p.sandy@nervecentre.org
Donna Galas — Nerve Belfast d.galas@nervecentre.org

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