Schools Programme

Our Schools Programme works to improve learning outcomes for children and to equip them with life skills that will help them to achieve their full potential.

We do this by providing on-site, customised professional development and mentoring for teachers in proven play, literacy and self-regulation programmes.

We provide an experienced mentor who works with teachers in their school to introduce the following models:

Write to Read

  • A literacy model that helps children to see themselves as readers, writers and thinkers.
  • It supports teachers to deliver high quality literacy programmes that are holistic, evidence based and matched to children’s particular needs.
  • We work with our partner St Patrick’s College, Drumcondra to deliver professional development in this model.

Play to Learn

  • A model that helps Junior and Senior Infant teachers to teach through play and implement the Aistear play based curriculum framework for 0 – 6 year olds.

PAX Good Behaviour Game

  • A classroom based game to teach children self-regulation skills that will help them both today and in later life.

Write to Read

  • Write to Read has been shown to increase children’s motivation to read and write – both inside and outside school – leading to improved performance on standardised reading tests.

Play to Learn

  • Teaching through play helps the teacher to provide child-centred, contextualised learning that promotes the development of oral language and life skills.

PAX Good Behaviour Game

  • The Good Behaviour Game has been proven to significantly reduce the number of classroom disruptions allowing more time to be spent on teaching and learning.
  • It has also been shown to lead to significant benefits in later life including reduced risk of drug / alcohol abuse and reporting suicidal ideation.

We currently work with teachers in the seven primary schools located in our target area. These schools are:

  • St Francis JNS, Priorswood
  • St Francis SNS, Priorswood
  • St Joseph’s NS, Bonnybrook
  • Scoil Naisiúnta Ide Cailíní, Kilmore West
  • Scoil Fhursa, Kilmore West
  • Our Lady Immaculate JNS, Darndale
  • Our Lady Immaculate SNS, Darndale

Sinéad Murphy, Preparing for Life School Programme Manager