Junior Cycle for Teachers are hosting SOAR for teachers of English. SOAR (Sharing Opportunities, Approaches and Reflections in Junior Cycle English). The focus is on Sharing Opportunities, Approaches and Reflections of Junior Cycle English. The various workshops on the day, with the exception of one given by Alicia McGivern Head of Education at IFI, are facilitated by English teachers with a focus on how they are bringing the specification to life in their classroom. It takes place on Saturday March 30th in DCU – All Hallows’ Campus. Ask your principal to register your interest at www.jctregistration.ie

Approaches to CBAs

Exploring how to equip students with practical strategies and skills to cope with the demands of Junior Cycle English while focusing on group work structures, classroom talk, writing skill development and assessment.

Date: Tuesday, 19th March 2019

Time: 5.30pm -7.30pm

Venue: County Donegal Education Centre

Facilitator: Selena Wilkes, New Cross College, Dublin (Advising Examiner)

How Powerful are your Poets?

INOTE are launching their annual English Teacher’s Magazine. As part of this launch, we are inviting students to enter our poetry writing competition. There are two levels: Junior and Senior, with big cash prizes!

Just email your poems to this address: inotewritingcomp@gmail.com along with your name, school and English teacher.

The winner of each category will receive €100 with 3 runners-up per category, each receiving €50. The poems will also be published in our upcoming magazine.

The theme for this year’s magazine is “Power”.

Get Writing!!

An Irish College in Leuven, Belgium have just concluded a project where fifty of Ireland’s most celebrated fiction writers were asked to reflect, in an short essay, on the art of writing. This is freely available on their website.


It may prove an useful resource for engaging students in art of writing and even inspire a few budding writers in our own classrooms!