Laois and Offaly Education and Training Board (ETB), Portlaoise College and Scoil Bhríde, along with the Children and Young Persons’ Task Group have been involved in a very interesting partnership project with an education authority in Varde, Denmark since late 2012.
The project aims to address the factors that facilitate or hinder a smooth transition from primary to post-primary school and was funded by Léargas Comenius Regio Partnerships – Lifelong Learning Project.
A resource handbook and DVD were developed as part of the project. On Friday June 6, Minister for Children and Youth Affairs Mr Charlie Flanagan, TD, launched the resources at a conference in the Heritage Hotel in Portlaoise.
Joe Cunningham, CEO of Laois and Offaly ETB welcomed the delegates and speakers, followed by the minister’s address. The key note speaker was Dr Anne Looney, CEO of National Council for Curriculum and Assessment, who delivered a very interesting address about ‘Moving On’.
Patricia Cullen, deputy principal Portlaoise College, Anne Marie Keane, education development officer, Laois and Offaly ETB and Ole Holdgaard, education consultant, Denmark, delivered a presentation outlining the background to the project, the research undertaken and the findings which led to the development of the resources.
The conference concluded with presentations from Dr Brendan Byrne, psychotherapist and Jolanta Burke, positive psychologist about building resilience in young people.
The conference was attended by over forty teachers, principals and deputy principals from primary and post-primary schools in Laois and Offaly, and eight delegates from Denmark. The conference was a great success an enjoyed by all.
The resources developed can be used in both primary and second-level schools. The resources will be made available to primary and post-primary schools around the country and will be available to download on Laois and Offaly ETB’s website www.laoisoffalyetb.ie and the project website www.lavaproject.org.