JMB Edu Conf 2018 W1137


The aim of our Conference this year is to offer peer and specialist-delivered workshops on emerging developments in leadership, pedagogy and student engagement as well as offering opportunities for you to interact with policy makers, practitioners, specialists, support services and commercial enterprises.

We intend to leave our participants – principals, chairpersons, deputy principals and teachers – with greater clarity around policy, practice and possibilities for inclusive and innovative teaching and learning for all our students.

As well as a series of relevant workshops, we will hear from educational consultant Dr Mark Fennell, who will present ‘A Framework for Contemporary Thinking about Curriculum’ and also from former teacher and award-winning author, Roddy Doyle on ‘The Creative Process as an Adventure!’


Click here to view presentations & handouts from the Education Conference 2018


Cost: €125 for one person and €110 per person thereafter.

Cancellation Policy: Please note that refunds will only be given if cancellation is made three days before event in writing or by email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Timetable (subject to change)
9.00-9.30 Registration–Tea/Coffee
9.40-9.50 Welcome by Ms. Deirdre Matthews, President JMB/AMCSS
9.50-10.50 Keynote Address: Dr Mark Fennell
Coffee Break
11.15-12.30 Workshops: Session 1
12.30-1.40 Lunch
1.40-2.55 Workshops: Session 2
3.00-3.55 Keynote Address: Mr Roddy Doyle
3.55-4.00 Close of Conference


  Workshop Details
 1  T

eaching and Learning as framed by ‘Looking at our School’ – how can it support classroom effectiveness?

Dr Joe O’Connell


  • Scaffolding professionalism
  • Teachers as teachers, collaborators and learners
  • Enhancing engagement for all – what this looks like in practice



The Co-Creative Curriculum: What the Junior Cycle classroom of the future can look like

Leo Hogan & Audrey Doyle

  • Leading and managing creative spaces in the Junior Cycle curriculum
  • Teacher and pupil agency in the creative classroom
  • The ‘Co-Creative School’

Leadership and Management as framed in ‘Looking at our School’ – how it supports your sharing of responsibility

Sheila McManamly & Catherine Moynihan

  • A framework for ‘giving leadership away!’
  • The day-to-day experience of collaboration – keeping it ‘grounded’
  • Pragmatic advice on devolved responsibility at school level

Student Voice, Student Participation and Student Leadership: Challenges and Opportunities

Dr Domnall Fleming

  • Unlocking the student perspective – how and why?
  • Making your Student Council more effective
  • The negotiated curriculum – a new discourse

The role of the Board of Management in Teaching & Learning – guidance from a Lead Inspector

Mary Gilbride

  • Engaging your Board with teaching and learning
  • What are the Inspector’s expectations in a WSE?
  • Developing your Board members’ confidence as educational leaders

The Senior Cycle Review: Schools at the hub of review

Louise O’Reilly & Ger O’Sullivan

  • International perspective on senior cycle- points for reflection.
  • Schools at the hub of the review - supports and opportunities to have your say.
  • What are (or should be!) the purposes of senior cycle?

How can technology amplify good teaching, learning and assessment?

Peter Mahoney & Tony Brady

  • The scope and limits of new technologies in the classroom
  • Capturing emerging ideas such as key skills, learning outcomes and wellbeing indicators
  • Linking the learning enterprise with administrative demands

Developing the Capacity of School Principals to work with Middle Leaders – A Conversation with CSL

Mary Nihill & Máire NíBhróite

  • Educational Leadership as a Continuum
  • How can we develop our teacher leaders?
  • How to have professional conversations with teachers in Middle Leadership

The new JC specification for Religious Education - What’s different?

Annette Honan & Ailís Travers

  • Exploring the new draft curriculum specification in JC Religious Education
  • Fostering a pedagogy that favours dialogue
  • Denominational schools and religious education – challenges and possibilities


To download Conference programme please click here.

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