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The Centre for Education and Lifelong Learning team at National College of Ireland invite you to join our Festival of Education and Lifelong Learning 1st-2nd June 2022.



We invite you to register for the following events:

Note: All events take place at National College of Ireland and will be livestreamed for those who can’t attend in person.

Pedagogies and possibilities for FET professionals

When: Wednesday 1st June
Time: 10.00am - 12.30pm
Where: National College of Ireland

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Further Education and Training in Ireland meets the needs of diverse learners across a range of singular contexts, including apprenticeships, prison education and Youthreach. Are there distinctive pedagogies in these contexts and how have they been shaped by experiences over the past two years? 

Join us in-person for this engaging seminar in which we explore the challenges, strategies and emerging innovations in the FET sector in Ireland. 

Session Chair: Dr Conor Mellon, CELL, NCI 

Part one will feature a panel to address the question ‘Is there a pedagogy for FET?’ and explore the implications for professional development. 


  • Gráinne O’Donoghue, MA Educational Practice Student (NCI), Youthreach Teacher, Gorey 
  • Jonathan Brittain, Apprenticeship Manager at NCI 
  • Laetitia Maloney, Deputy Principal of Carlow Institute of Further Education and Training 
  • Dr Leo Casey, CELL, NCI 

Part two takes up this theme, exploring how micro-credentials can open up flexible development pathways for FET professionals, and showcasing how NCI programme design and delivery is supporting innovation in diverse FET contexts. 


  • Carrie Archer, Professional Development Coordinator, City of Dublin ETB, Lecturer, NCI 
  • Ashley Stephens, Professional Development Coordinator, Kildare Wicklow ETB, Lecturer, NCI 
  • Dr Michael Goldrick, CELL, NCI

Frontiers of practice-based research in Early Childhood Education

When: Wednesday 1st June
Time: 2.00pm - 5.00pm
Where: At National College of Ireland

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Practice-based research matters for early childhood education and for the professional development of early childhood educators. It is also a distinctive feature of our culture and the programmes we offer at the Centre for Education and Lifelong Learning, National College of Ireland. Join us in-person to share in our practice-based research in digital storytelling and progressive mindful reflection and to hear about the opportunities for early childhood educators to conduct practice-based research on our Master of Arts in Educational Practice. 

Session Chair: Anna Barr, CELL, NCI 

Part one of the seminar, hosted in association with PLÉ, focuses on our work in digital storytelling and gives you the opportunity to explore digital technology as a pedagogical tool. During this interactive, hands-on session, facilitated by Dr Marianne Undheim and NCI students, you will be guided through an experiential process to co-construct an animated digital story and explore the educational use of animated digital stories in the Irish context and beyond. 


  • Dr Marianne Undheim, Associate Professor and Lecturer at the University of Stavanger, Norway 


  • Karine Mcmahon, Early Childhood Education & Care Student, NCI 
  • Lisa Glyn, Early Childhood Education & Care Student, NCI 

Part two of the seminar focuses on our work on progressive mindful reflection as an approach to reflective practice grounded in Vygotsky’s theoretical ideas. During this session, you will be guided through an experience of mindful reflective practice and have the opportunity to share ideas and experiences related to reflective practice in education. 


  • Dr Meera Oke, CELL, NCI 
  • Dr Leo Casey, CELL, NCI

This is P-TECH!

When: Thursday 2nd June
Time: 10.00am - 12.45pm
Where: At National College of Ireland

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At this event we introduce the new P-TECH programme. We discuss the background of the P-TECH model and how it has been adapted for Irish education through a committed partnership process. We explore the development of the P-TECH curriculum and highlight some of the programme innovations. Finally, we showcase aspects of the students’ learning and share experiences and reflections from the first year of programme. 

Session Chair: Dr Leo Casey, CELL, NCI 

Part 1: Sowing the Seeds. This part of the session outlines the background of P-TECH, its aims as an educational model and discusses how the work and contribution of the partners that has brought P-TECH to this point in the Irish context. 


  • Dr Leo Casey, CELL, NCI 
  • Aidan Giblin, P-TECH Project Manager

In Part 2, Exploring P-TECH. In this part of the discussion, we will look at the new P-TECH Curriculum and how it was developed. The discussion will also highlight elements of the programme’s teaching & learning approach and will show some examples of student work. 

Contributor: Dr Ita Kennelly, CELL, NCI 

Part 3: Impact and Perspectives on Learning. In this session, presenters from key stakeholders will outline their involvement with the P-TECH programme and will share their reflections on student learning including the programme’s structured work placement for Transition Year. 


  • Yvonne Conaty, P-TECH Industry Programme Manager 
  • Damhnait Digan, Project Specialist, Cisco
  • School Principals, P-TECH Schools, NEIC