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20TRA669 Online Kerry SENCO Forum Primary CoP – Fifth Meeting - Language and Literacy for Pupils with Additional Needs and NCSE Support to Schools

20TRA669 Online Kerry SENCO Forum Primary CoP – Fifth Meeting - Language and Literacy for Pupils with Additional Needs and NCSE Support to Schools




The Kerry SENCO Forum Primary Community of Practice, in collaboration with Tralee Education Centre and Mary Immaculate College, continues to bring together online a network of teachers working in inclusive/special education in Kerry Primary schools. The network aims to provide professional learning, support and networking opportunities for teachers. Margaret Egan facilitates the network and continues to support its development over time. If you are a Principal, Special Education Teacher or SEN Co-Ordinator, in a primary school, and would like to find out more about the network, please join us.

The Fifth meeting of the SENCO Primary Community of Practice will focus on Analytical Engagement in Levelled Readers for Pupils with Additional Needs and the NCSE Support to Schools


Dr. Margaret Egan is a Lecturer in the Dept. of Educational Psychology, Inclusive and Special Education at Mary Immaculate College.  She was a Deputy Principal and SEN Co-ordinator for many years before joining the Faculty of Education at MIC.  Margaret is Course Leader of the Post Graduate Diploma in Special Education, which is a cross-sectoral, Level 9 programme for qualified teachers in practice.  She teaches at both undergraduate and post-graduate levels. Margaret is actively engaged in Communities of Practice with a number of schools.  Her interests are in Inclusion Policy and Practice; Language and Literacy for students with additional needs; Social and Emotional Learning, for all students, including those with Autistic Spectrum Difference (ASD) and Positive Behaviour Support for students with attention and behaviour needs. Margaret is currently supervising a number of PhD students in these fields. 

Karen Riordan has been teaching for the last 15 years in a co-educational school, having benefited from both classroom and SEN experience. She has a special interest in working with children with additional needs having spent nine years as a Special Education Teacher. She has a particular passion for differentiated instruction having completed her Masters’ thesis on ‘One Size Doesn’t Fit All!’ Early Literacy Instruction is an area of special interest also for Karen having spent eight years as a Reading Recovery Teacher. Karen regularly facilitates Teacher Professional Development workshops on Literacy Initiatives, namely Literacy Lift Off and Guided Reading over the past ten years in Clare Education Centre. Karen remarks that ‘it is a pleasure to work with teachers directly in a supportive role to help make worthwhile literacy programs work within their own school context’. 

Yvonne Purcell and Emma Sweeney are Regional Advisors with the NCSE.  Emma is a founding member of the Kerry SENCO Forum Primary CoP. She has completed the PGDSEN and Masters in SEN at Mary Immaculate College.  She is an experienced teacher and special education teacher and has worked as a special class teacher for pupils with ASD. Yvonne Purcell also holds PGDSEN and a Masters in SEN entitled “Promoting the Social Communication Skills of Pupils with Autism”.  Yvonne has twenty years of teaching experience in both special and mainstream schools.  She has also worked for Hibernia College as Course Facilitator. Yvonne and Emma now support teachers and principals with their pupils with additional needs, particularly those with autism in mainstream schools.

 Kerry SENCO Forum Primary Community of Practice looks forward to both of these presentations from teachers in Kerry and Clare.


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Course Properties

Course date 24-11-2020 6:00 pm
Course End Date 24-11-2020 8:30 pm
Cut off date 24-11-2020
Individual Price Free
Speaker Dr Margaret Egan, Karen Riordan, Yvonne Purcell and Emma Sweeney
Number Hours 2.5 hours
Location Online

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