10
JUN
2017

NPC Education Conference 2017

Shaping the Future

The NPC Conference took place in the National College of Ireland, Mayor Square, Dublin 1 on Saturday the 10th of June 2017 from 10.30am to 4pm.

Keynote speaker - Dr. Janet Goodall -  Narrowing the Gap: Parental Engagement in Children's Learning

Janet is a lecturer in Educational Leadership and Management in the Department of Education, at the University of Bath. Janet has been involved in educational research for many years, researching issues such as networks and federations of schools, the evaluation of the impact of continuing professional development of teachers, middle leadership in universities. For the past 10 years, much of Janet’s work has been concentrated around the value and impact of parents’ engagement with their children’s learning.  Janet has published widely on the subject, in both the academic and popular press, and on social media.  She has just completed a yearlong pilot of a toolkit to support schools in this area, working with over 30 schools in Wiltshire Local Authority. 

Mette With Hagensen MSc. BA -  Learning through play

Mette, mother of 3 and president of the Danish association of school boards and parents in public schools, Skole og Forældre, represents a strong voice for parents and is an advocate for close cooperation between schools and parents in the shared responsibility to educate children and nurture children’s curiosity and creativity. Play is fun and learning should be fun too to engage children and create interaction and involvement in class. In Denmark LEGO is a natural part of childhood and by introducing LEGO six bricks in education children learn so much more than just putting bricks together. Mette With Hagensen gave an insight to the concept of LEGO six bricks.

Niall de Burca – In an age of technology there is still one thing that reaches the heart of the family ‘Storytelling

Niall is a traditional storyteller with a unique style that turns an ancient art form on its head and drives it into the 21st century. Combining powerful stage presence and delivery, he has an ability to reach all ages from early childhood through to teenagers and on to elders. Niall demonstrated this art form in a lively and energetic fashion, showing parents how they too can engage their children through storytelling and by doing so enhance their learning at home.

Minister for Education and Skills, Mr. Richard Bruton T.D. closed the conference.

The NPC Fred O'Connell Award was awarded on the day. This award is in recognition of innovative partnership between parents and schools. The Award seeks to shine a light on the excellent partnership work that we know Parent Associations are engaging in across Ireland.  

Fred O’ Connell was involved with NPC in the early years of the organisation development. Fred served as Chairperson and Vice Chairperson of NPC and was also NPC’s first employee. Fred believed that parents have a vital role to play in their child’s education. This award is in honour of Fred. 

For further information on the 2017 Award winners and their projects click here