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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. This page is updated regularly throughout the school year, together with the necessary links to register.

See below to find a course near you this summer.

Chess for Social & Cognitive Skills – Summer Course 2023

Ficheall tutors will be faciltating the course, Chess for Social & Cognitive Skills, in an Education Centre near you in July and August. The course is approved by the DES for 3 EPV days.

The course has already been delivered to hundreds of teachers around Ireland since 2016. Teachers with zero knowledge of chess are still invited to sign up as chess will be taught from the basics before progressing to cover methods of teaching chess in a primary school and how it can extend to develop and teach students key social skills – respect, accepting defeat, forward planning, giving and receiving compliments, teamwork, decision making, patience and resilience.

“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!”

The summer chess course will cover
methods of teaching the rules of chess pieces to classroom-based or SET groups of students
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

Book your summer course here:


Ed CentreDatesBooking Link
BantryWest Cork ECJuly 3-7Book Bantry Here
BallincolligCork ESCJuly 3-7Book Ballincollig Here
TraleeTralee ECJuly 3-7Book Tralee Here
Limerick CityLimerick ECJuly 3-7Book Limerick Here
ThurlesTipperary ECJuly 3-7Book Thurles Here
Clonmel Tipperary ECJuly 3-7Book Clonmel Here
Waterford CityWaterford TCJuly 3-7Book Waterford Here
EnnisClare ECJuly 3-7Book Ennis Here
Kilkenny CityKilkenny ECJuly 3-7Book Kilkenny Here
BallonWexford ECJuly 3-7Book Ballon Here
PortlaoiseLaois ECJuly 3-7Book Portlaoise Here
NaasKildare ECJuly 3-7Book Naas Here
TullamoreAthlone ECJuly 3-7Book Tullamore  Here
BlackrockBlackrock ECJuly 3-7Book Blackrock Here
TallaghtDublin West ECJuly 3-7Book Tallaght Here
DrumcondraDrumcondra ECJuly 3-7Book Drumcondra Here
NavanNavan ECAugust 14-18Book Navan Here
DroghedaDundalk ECJuly 3-7Book Drogheda Here
DundalkDundalk ECJuly 3-7Book Dundalk Here
Monaghan TownMonaghan ECJuly 3-7Book Monaghan Here
AughnacliffeCarrick ECJuly 3-7Book Aughnacliffe Here
Galway CityGalway ECJuly 3-7Book Galway Here
TuamTuam ECJuly 3-7Book Tuam Here
Castlebar Mayo ECJuly 3-7Book Castlebar Here
Foxford Mayo ECAugust 14-18Book Foxford Here
Sligo CitySligo ECJuly 3-7Book Sligo Here
BuncranaDonegal ECJuly 3-7Book Buncrana Here