Register for our FREE CPD courses, EPV approved!

We are running an EPV approved CPD course on My Big Friendly Guide to the European Union. This CPD course will give you first refusal for a subsidised study trip to Brussels and Ypres from 22 to 25 April 2025.

The CPD course focuses on developing critical thinking and deliberative skills among our youngest citizens through hands-on, fun and engaging activities and games. It aims to empower your pupils with a voice when it comes to active European citizenship and its relevance in our everyday life.

There will be two CPD courses:

  1. One in University College Cork from 8 to 12 July 2024
  2. One in Birr, Co Offaly from 12 to 16 August 2024

In both cases, the CPD course is free of charge. Free parking will be provided. There are a limited number of places. We will take a €25 refundable deposit for the course to have clarity on the numbers. You can register below. To pay the deposit, click here:

Why do this CPD course?

  1. Because it’s full of practical tips and activities. It shows you how to find and use all the resources on the website while also connecting with Looking at Our School 2022 and the School Self-Evaluation guidelines. 
  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. It implements the Laura Lundy model (LAOS 2022).
  6. We’ll have a short information piece on eTwinning projects, European funding for you and your school, the easiest and best way to open a window from your classroom onto other EU classrooms.
  7. You start building your connection with UCC’s Hub in Active European Citizenship. 
  8. It allows you to apply on a first come, first served basis for a subsidised study-trip to Brussels in April 2025. Very limited places.

Our 2023 CPD course


What can teachers expect from the CPD course?

Many teachers who participated in the CPD course 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 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!