MIC and Munster GAA Team Up on Online Summer Programme for Primary Teachers

MIC and Munster GAA

MIC and Munster GAA have teamed up on a new online summer programme for primary teachers.

MIC and Munster GAA Team Up on Online Summer Programme for Primary Teachers

Mary Immaculate College (MIC) and Munster GAA have teamed up on a new online summer programme for primary teachers, which will focus on the teaching of Gaelic Games in primary schools. Bookings are now being taken for the online professional development programme, which will run from 1 July to 14 July. The programme, which was initially due to be delivered onsite at MIC Limerick, had to be moved online due to the current COVID-19 restrictions and continuing closure of the College’s Limerick campus.

The programme will develop teachers’ knowledge and skills in the teaching of GAA in primary school and is part of a long-established partnership between MIC and the Munster Council of the GAA in the provision of professional development to teachers.

The course focuses in particular on coaching, coaching skills, managing, and planning coaching programmes, including those that involve the participation of visiting coaches. Modules will include teacher as coach, the GAA Total Playing Performance (TTP) coaching model, physical literacy and movement skill development, the social context of Gaelic Games in schools and whole-school planning, and effective use of teaching and other resources.  Participants will be enabled to:

  • Understand the Role of Gaelic games Coaching in the Primary School
  • Develop Physical Education within the School Plan
  • Develop a detailed program of Gaelic games coaching at all levels in the school
  • Develop movement skills of children and apply the skills to games
  • Design an inclusive Gaelic games policy for their school
  • Use the resources of the Gaelic Games organisations to assist in the physical and mental development of their pupils

The course will also address particular issues such as inclusion, curriculum integration and linkage within PE, and games as part of a healthy school environment. The course is generously supported by the Munster Council of the GAA and will feature experts from teacher education and Gaelic Games.

The online programme will have a particular focus on coaching and managing coaching programmes with modules on Gaelic Games coaching at all levels, the GAA Total Playing Performance (TTP) coaching model, physical literacy and movement, the social context of Gaelic Games in schools and whole-school planning, and effective use of teaching and other resources. The programme will also address issues such as inclusion, curriculum integration, and the role of Gaelic Games as part of a healthy school environment.

Commenting on the programme, Director of Continuing Professional Development at MIC, Dr Cathal de Paor, said, “The programme will be led by Joe Redington, who is responsible for the development of Gaelic Games at MIC, and will include experts from coaching and team management at county level. Dr Richard Bowles, lecturer in the Department of Arts Education and Physical Education at MIC, who has offered several blended summer courses in the past on Gaelic games, will also contribute modules on the 20-hour programme.”  

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