Cork charity aims to foster wellbeing in the school community

Cork charity, Ag Eisteacht, is running a second summer training course for primary school teachers in Cork to foster well-being in the school community by helping teachers to build more responsive relationships.

Dr Maeve Hurley founder of Cork charity Ag Eisteacht. Picture credit Clare Keogh

The DES-approved ABLE4Teachers course runs from the 19th – 23rd August at Cork Education Support Centre (CESC), The Rectory, Western Rd, Mardyke, Cork.

Based on the ABLE (Adopt, Build, Listen & Empower) training model, the course helps teachers to manage and boundary  conversations with parents, colleagues and pupils, as well as providing resources to foster whole school relational wellbeing and job satisfaction.

Dr Maeve Hurley, founder of Ag Eisteacht, said: “There are moments of opportunity in every school day when knowing how to engage sensitively and respond appropriately will foster better relationships throughout the whole school community.

“Just listening actively and showing compassion can make a difference. Our training gives teachers the framework, tools and confidence to manage conflict and respond to signals of distress from parents, colleagues and pupils using our brief intervention model. Recognising that relationships are a key social determinant of health and wellbeing, it provides insights to help teachers to empower their pupils also to relate better.”

Custom-designed for teachers, ABLE4Teachers training shares insight into evidence-based knowledge of the impact of family relationships, Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs), early brain development, conflict and toxic stress have on children’s health and well-being.

98% of previous participants said they would recommend the course to a colleague.

The five-day course is heavily subsidised by Ag Eisteacht, and the only cost for teachers is a €50 administration fee.

Bookings for the Cork courses are now being taken by Cork Education Support Centre.