Primary Teachers Promoting Chess

CPD Courses for Teachers

Ficheall are enormously grateful for the support we receive from ESCI and are proud to work in partnership with Education Centres throughout the country to deliver webinars, evening courses, workshops, etc. See below for the latest…

Chess for Social & Cognitive Skills Summer Course 2024

“As a total beginner to chess, I found this course so worthwhile, after a week I have the knowledge and confidence to start chess classes with my class. I actually can’t wait to get it up and running, I’m addicted!”
Teacher Testimonial

LocationEd CentreDatesTutorBooking Link
Macroom – St Colman’s BNSWest Cork EC1st – 5th JulyÉamon LenihanBook Macroom here
Mallow – Ballyhass NSCork ESC1st – 5th JulyLiam MurrayBook Ballyhass here
Cork City – Cork ESCCork ESC8th – 12th JulyJohnny ComerBook Cork City here
Killarney – Holy Cross MercyTralee ESC1st – 5th JulyAndy O’SullivanBook Killarney here
Limerick – Limerick ESCLimerick ESC1st – 5th JulyNoel O’ConnellBook Limerick here
Newtown – Newtown NSWaterford ESC1st – 5th JulyCian FahyBook Waterford here
CashelTipperary EC1st – 5th JulyJames CollinsBook Cashel here
RoscreaTipperary EC1st – 5th JulyDamien FallonBook Roscrea here
Ennis – Ennis NSClare EC1st – 5th JulyGary WalshBook Ennis here
Portlaoise – Laois ECLaois EC1st – 5th JulyStephen WhiteBook Portlaoise here
Kilkenny City – School of the Holy SpiritKilkenny EC1st – 5th JulyJames O’GormanBook Kilkenny here
Wexford Town – Loreto Secondary SchoolWexford EC1st – 5th JulyEamonn BarrettBook Wexford here
Castledermot – Scoil DiarmadaKildare EC1st – 5th JulyDenis ReillyBook Castledermot here
Bray – St Fergals NSBlackrock EC1st – 5th JulyRuairí McManusBook Bray here
Blackrock – Blackrock ECBlackrock EC1st – 5th JulyLorraine O’ConnorBook Blackrock here
Lucan – Scoil Mhuire NSDublin West EC1st – 5th JulyPeter GraydonBook Lucan here
Blakestown – Scoil Mhuire JPSDublin West EC1st – 5th JulyEithne McGuilBook Blakestown here
Drumcondra – Drumcondra ESCDrumcondra ESC1st – 5th JulyApril CroninBook Drumcondra here
Navan – Navan ESCNavan ESC1st – 5th JulyShane FinneganBook Navan here
Monaghan – Monaghan ESCMonaghan ESC1st – 5th JulyPaddy McPhillipsBook Monaghan here
Moate – Tubber NSAthlone ESC1st – 5th JulyGary CorcoranBook Tubber here
Galway – Merlin Woods NSGalway ESC1st – 5th JulyDaniel MannionBook Galway here
Ballina- Quay NSMayo ESC1st – 5th JulyBrendan McHughBook Ballina here
Castlebar – Castlebar PSMayo ESC12th – 16th AugustBrendan McHughBook Castlebar here
Carrick on Shannon – Carrick ESCCarrick ESC1st – 5th JulyAvril BanksBook Carrick here
Burt – An Grianán HotelDonegal ESC1st – 5th JulyJenny TedstoneBook Burt here

In July 2024, the EPV-day approved summer course Chess for Social & Cognitive Skills will be delivered in-person/face to face. The course will be delivered over 20 hours at specific times (between 9.30 and 2pm) over one week at a specific venue.

The course has already been delivered to over a thousand teachers around Ireland since 2016, with 1 in 6 schools now a Scoil Fichille! It’s a highly social, hands on course with all activities carried out ‘over the board’ and all slides and lessons are shared with participants. 

The summer chess course will cover

  • the basics of chess (no prior knowledge of chess is assumed – our first lesson is all about the pawn!)
  • methods of teaching the rules of chess pieces to classroom-based or SET groups of students using a games-based approach
  • methods of teaching checkmate to classroom-based or SET groups of students
  • chess games to develop teamwork skills between students
  • chess games to develop forward planning and decision-making skills among students
  • chess games to develop acceptance and resilience skills in students
  • numeracy-based problem-solving chess puzzles
  • establishing and using an online platform for student to play and improve their chess ability
  • make participants aware of the Ficheall network of teachers in Ireland who promote chess in primary schools for the social and cognitive benefits it has for children
Teachers with zero knowledge of chess are invited to sign up as beginner chess will be taught before progressing to cover methods of teaching chess in a primary school and how it can extend to develop and teach students key social and cognitive skills – respect, accepting defeat, forward planning, giving and receiving compliments, teamwork, decision making, patience and resilience.