Register for our FREE UCC CPD course before 15 August!

Receive a UCC CPD Certificate for our face to face CPD course in Cork or Dublin in August - Online in September

After two years of absence, BFGTOEU CPD course is back in a face to face format. For this year, it is not a 5 day course as in 2019 with EPV days.

It will be a one day training course, packed with all the information you need to feel comfortable teaching about Ireland and the EU and using the BFGTOEU website and material. This one day training course will be a UCC-approved CPD course for which you will receive a UCC certificate. Coffee, tea, and lunch will be provided free of charge.

As usual, it focuses on developing critical thinking and deliberative skills among our youngest citizens through hands-on, fun and engaging activities and games.

It is entirely free of charge. However, to keep registrations as close as possible to the number of actual participants, we will ask you to pay a refundable deposit of €25. The deposit will be refunded by the end of August.

There will also be an online offer. It will be on Thursdays 15 and 22 September from 7 to 9pm. This is an option for you as well if you cannot come to Cork or Dublin. It will be structured on the same principle as the face to face CPD course with workshops through break out rooms.

Why do this CPD course?

  1. Because it’s full of practical tips and activities. No time wasted! It shows you in record time how to find and use all the information on the website. 
  2. It’s an interactive course to develop students’ critical thinking skills. It discusses all successes and failures of the EU itself and of teaching about it! 
  3. It gives you the confidence to go into the classroom and inspire your students to become active citizens.
  4. It’s FREE!
  5. It could give you ideas about new ways of teaching about active citizenship.
  6. We’ll have a short information piece on eTwinning projects, the easiest and best way to open a window from your classroom onto other EU classrooms.
  7. You get a CPD certificate approved by University College Cork and start building your connection with UCC. 
  8. It allows you to apply on a first come, first served basis for an entirely subsidised study-trip to Brussels in April 2023. Very limited places.

On Monday 22 August, the CPD course will take place in University College Cork – O’Rahilly Building G20. Free car parking in Visitors’ car park off College Road, can be provided on request.

On Thursday 25 August, the CPD will take place in National University of Ireland, 49 Merrion square, Dublin 2.

Schedule of the CPD

We will go step by step with you. This CPD course will be run by two experienced academics and practitioners. The format of the day will be:

9.30 to 11.00 – learning about the European Union and Ireland: interaction on how to teach about active citizenship from Juniors to 6th class

11.00 to 11.15 – tea/coffee break offered

11.15 to 11.45 – demonstration of the BFGTOEU website: how to use it, where to find the teaching material and learning activities

11.45 to 12.30 – first workshop with practical activities to teach about the concept of Union and club and Brexit. 

12.30 to 1.00 – lunch offered

1.00 to 1.45 – second workshop with practical activities to teach about the European Union’s values and the Single Market

1.45 to 2.15 – debrief and reflection on the day.



Our last CPD in 2019: what a week we had!

A delighted crew of teachers at the end of our very first CPD course

We ran our very first CPD course in UCC with 35 teachers and principals from County Cork and Dublin. Many came without much of an idea as to what to expect. We organised the CPD course into a two hour interactive lecture in the morning, often using Mentimeter to prompt questions and discussion. In the afternoon, we split the group into three and organised three workshops for each on the following topics:

  • What is a Union?
  • The symbols of the EU
  • What about Ireland in the EU?
  • Decision-making in the EU
  • Travelling in the EU
  • Playing with the Single Market
  • and much much more.

This is what the teachers thought of BFGTOEU…

Feedback from the teachers

Come and join us on our next CPD course!