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1. What forms of support does the PPDS offer?
The core work of PPDS advisors is located in schools where they support individual teachers, groups of teachers and whole staffs in implementation of the Primary School Curriculum and in organisational and development planning.In-class modelling is an integral feature of the in-class support offered by the PPDS. Modelling comprises a series of stages that include dialogue with teachers before and after the modelled session. Support will be targetted at a specific need identified by the school
Schools within the region may cluster to access the support of an advisor.The focus of support will be agreed between the participating schools and the PPDS advisors in advance.
After schools workshops and courses can be provided either in your school or in an Education Centre, in collaboration and co-operation with the Education Centre.
The PPDS works in conjunction with DWEC to create, develop and support communities of learners among primary teachers called Teacher Professional Communities (TPCs).
A TPC may be initiated by a group of teachers who share an interest in a
particular curricular area or who share a common challenge, for instance
teaching in the infant classroom, language support teaching or teaching in the
multi-class context. Click on the following link for more information.
Teachers sometimes want to contact a PPDS advisor and clarify curricular/organisational/planning issues by telephone. Contact details for all advisors are on the regional posters distributed to all schools. Please check out all sections of this website for resources/templates which may help you in your teaching.
2. I intend to organise a planning day/staff meeting, how will my school identify the support I require?
Schools may close, with Board of Management approval, for one day during the school year for development planning purposes. This day will link in with each school's ongoing development planning priorities. Schools may address self-identified planning issues, including curricular, methodologies and/or organisational priorities on this day. The application form is intended to assist schools in prioritising their areas of need.
The school may identify the support required from the PPDS by chosing from among the following:
3. What advice is available in relation to holding a planning day or meeting?
4. How do I apply for PPDS support?