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TAP - Teacher Artist Partnership

1.  TAP+ Teacher Registration


Further TAP+ Residency Information Available HERE

2.  TAP+ Call Out for Artists and Creative Practitioners (information on how to apply is contained below)

Announcing a wonderful opportunity for artists and creative practitioners of all disciplines to broaden their practice through Teacher Artist Partnership+ (TAP+) professional development and in-school residency programme. Closing date for expression of interest Friday 7th June 2024.


Develop creative partnerships with teachers and children. Receive funded training and residencies that bring the arts and creativity to children all over Ireland through TAP+, an initiative of Creative Youth 2023-27 under Creative Ireland and led by the Department of Education.

 TAP+ Overview 

  • TAP+ Summer Course running 1st to 5th July 2024 in your local Education Support Centre
    • Fully paid training to support artists and creative practitioners to work in primary and special schools
  • TAP+ In-school Residencies
    • Bringing learning into practice through creative partnership with teachers and children
    • Funded 20-hour residencies in the school year 2024/25
    • Access to the BLAST register of creative practitioners to deliver in-school residencies 

TAP+ Details 

  • Open to artists and creative practitioners, working in any art form, discipline or creative practice, who are committed to sharing their practice with children and teachers in primary and special schools
  • Training 1st - 5th July 2024 through your local nearest full-time Education Support Centre ( to facilitate creative practitioners and collaborating teachers to work in creative partnerships with children.
  • Training allowance of €150 per day over the 5-day summer course training (€750 in total), plus travel and lunch provided.
  • Professional development through partnerships and creative, collaborative relationships with teachers, in schools committed to the arts and creativity in learning, practice and community.
  • Guarantee of paid, follow up in-school residency within a local primary or special school (€1,100 Fee total inclusive of €200 Travel) to carry out a 20-hour residency (14 contact hours plus 6 hours planning, preparation and evaluation) in partnership with your teacher partner in the school year 2024/2025.
  • Creative Practitioners must complete TAP+ in-school residencies following participation on the TAP+ Summer Course.
  • TAP+ trained creative practitioners are also eligible to participate in BLAST in-school residencies. We invite successful TAP+ creative practitioners to join the BLAST register and where possible to deliver BLAST residencies. See here for further details: BLAST information
  • Information, learning and networking opportunities for further freelance work within the education system.

Artists / Creative Practitioners must

  • have a track record of a minimum of three years’ professional practice in any art form / creative practice
  • demonstrate an interest in / commitment to: the principles of Arts and Creativity in Education and to enhancing the lives of children through arts/creative practice
  • be willing to learn about classroom culture and to work in equal partnership with teachers and children
  • Combine a sense of fun, joy and collaboration with professional dedication and high artistic/creative vision
  • Be willing to undertake child protection training as part of the induction week, and undergo standard Garda vetting before taking up project placements. 

Artists / Creative Practitioners apply for TAP+  via expressions of interest sent for the attention of The Director of Galway Education Support Centre and submitted to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. no later than 5pm on Friday 7th  June 2024. Expressions of interest should be in the form of a letter of max 600 words, accompanied by a CV or short bio with links to images or samples of relevant work. 

The letter should outline:

  1. Training institute/ organisation
  2. Brief description of practice
  3. Why you aim to work in education and in partnership teachers and children
  4. What qualifies you to undertake the TAP+ summer course training and residency programme 

Places on this Creative Youth initiative are limited to four Artists / Creative Practitioners per full-time Education Support Centre area. Please ensure that it will be possible for you to meet all requirements of the programme before applying. 

Final decision on offers of places will be taken by the Director of the local Education Support Centre. Any queries in relation to TAP+ should be directed to your local full-time Education Support Centre.


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BLAST - Bring Live Arts to Students & Teachers

The Department of Education is pleased to announce BLAST Arts & Creativity in Education Residency 2024/2025 applications are now open. (Press Release )

Further information on BLAST & TAP residencies is available HERE

Please see the following link for BLAST Application Guidelines and further details: (Department of Education BLAST Guidelines )

BLAST Arts & Creativity in Education Residency 2024/2025 apply online here: LINK

The closing date for receipt of applications is 10th May 2024.

Please contact your local Education Support Centre for queries or support, or email National Arts in Education, Tralee Education Support Centre at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Eligibility :

All schools in receipt of capitation grants from the Department of Education or Education and Training Boards (ETBs) can apply for BLAST.

Fee Paying Schools are not eligible to apply for BLAST Residencies. Schools that are not in the free-education scheme cannot apply for BLAST. 

Schools participating in either Creative Clusters or Creative Schools can apply for BLAST.


BLAST is an initiative of the Department of Education, under the Creative Youth Plan 2023-2027. It is led by and in partnership with the 21 full-time Education Centres (Education Support Centres Ireland - ESCI).


BLAST Application Form (English Version)

BLAST Application Form   (Irish Version) 


Artist Name

Art Form

Artist Link

Catherine Sheridan


Artist Profile

Maeve Gallagher


Artist Profile

Kendra Rabbitte


Artist Profile

Jennifer Cunningham

Visual Artist - Paint, Print, Digital Media, Drawing

Artist Profile

Mairead Folan

(fluent Irish)


Artist Profile

Emma Zukovic

Filmmaker, Visual Artist, Printmaker

Artist Profile

Therese Murphy

Multidisciplinary Visual Artist

Artist Profile

Orla Mc Govern

Story Teller, Writer, Performer

Artist Profile

Kathy Ross

Visual Artist

Artist Profile


Our Register of Artists will be updated as additional artists are recruited.

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Ficheall is the national network of primary teachers promoting chess in their schools for the social and cognitive benefits it has for primary school students. Ficheall teachers use chess as a tool to teach through and an opportunity for their students to develop new skills and values, as well as representing their school at Ficheall tournaments called Féile Fichille (chess festival).

Ficheall Summer Course

Galway Education Support Centre have hosted the Chess for Social Skills summer course previously with great success. Upon completion of this course teachers can play chess (most attend the course having never played chess before) and can teach the basics of chess to students in their class while also teaching key SPHE curriculum objectives from 1st to 6th class (all of this without worksheets).


Féile Fichille Chess Tournaments

Féile Fichille tournaments are non-competitive chess tournaments organised annually in Term 2. No medals, prizes or trophies are presented. Instead, the day is a celebration of the students learning chess and social skills as well as their teachers’ leadership skills to introduce the initiative in their school. For many students it is their first opportunity to wear their school jersey and represent their school. More details about Féile Fichille Tournaments can be found here (including a checklist to ensure students are ready for the Féile Fichille)


Féile Fichille Timeline

     September: Registrations Open

     October: Registrations Close

     November: Schools informed of tournament date and venue

     January/ February/ March: Féile Fichille tournament will be scheduled in term 2. Registered schools will be allocated one Féile Fichille tournament to attend. Schools are required to be at the venue at 9.30am with the event concluded by 2pm


Contact Us

If you have any queries regarding the Féile Fichille Tournaments please contact Ficheall using the Contact Us link here.

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Tráth na gCeist

Dírítear ar chaint agus éisteacht / Focuses on speaking and listening

Tugtar cúnamh do pháistí cuimhneamh ar an eolas atá acu cheana féin agus athbhreithniú a dhéanamh i dtimpeallacht spraíúil Helps children to retrieve existing knowledge and revise in a fun environment

Tacaítear le hidirdhealú  / Supports differentiation

Déantar measúnuithe ar dhaltaí trí mheasúnú múnlaitheach i suíomh neamhfhoirmeálta / Assessing students through formative assessment in an informal setting

Gníomhaíocht chomhoibríoch / Collaborative activity

Cuirtear deis ar fáil chun teanga a úsáid agus cumarsáid a dhéanamh le daoine eile / Provides an opportunity to use language and communicate with others

Léirítear bearnaí in eolas / Highlights gaps in knowledge

Tugtar cúnamh gramadach, struchtúr abairtí agus fuaimniú a mhúineadh / Helps in teaching grammar, sentence structure and pronunciation

Tugtar samplaí den chaoi ar cheart ceisteanna a chur agus freagraí a chumadh / Provides examples of how to pose questions and compose answers

Déantar straitéisí féincheartaithe a fhorbairt agus tugtar aiseolas láithreach / Develops self-correction strategies and provides immediate feedback


Dethink: Design Thinking Entrepreneurship Project

What does DeThink offer you?

DeThink provides teachers with the self-efficacy, competencies and tools to equip their students with these skills. It builds entrepreneurial education readiness and help them to rapidly leverage innovative and focused entrepreneurial principles easily in their own environment. DeThink produces the following results.

  • Curriculum and Syllabus
  • Learning Content
  • e-Learning Toolkit
  • Recommendations Handbooks

What can we do for you?

The overarching aim of DeThink is to optimize secondary school teachers’ self-efficacy to enable an entrepreneurial mindset, critical thinking and creativity.

DeThink provides state of the art training for secondary school teachers in the field of design thinking, innovation and entrepreneurship by integrating lessons learned and know-how and showing them how to apply these in practice.

A comprehensive toolkit comprising a structured process, methods, templates and tools will be developed. It shows teachers how to adopt a design thinking approach to entrepreneurship education by focusing on key stages i.e., empathise, define, ideate, prototype and test.


Check out the website and Learning Platform: