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North West Northern Ireland

About North West Northern Ireland Branch

Meetings are held monthly at the North West Teachers Centre.  Invited speakers include ETI representatives, behaviour specialists, experienced nursery staff as well as those with expertise in special needs.  Attendance is recognised as training for the WELB.

Our upcoming events include:

(final details to be confirmed)

Provisional date Wed 25th September Judith Douglas SEN EA - North West Teacher’s Centre - 'SEN Register and changes to categories – practical workshop'.

Provisional date Wed 6th November 2019 Paula Hegarty Senior Educational Psychologist - North West Teacher’s Centre - 'Anxiety in young children –strategies for home /nursery'. 

2nd term - ASAS North West Teacher’s Centre - 'ASD – identification and strategies'.

TBC - ASAS North West Teacher’s Centre ASD – 'Identification and strategies'.

Provisional Date Wed 29th April 2020 - RISE North West Teacher’s Centre - 'DCD/Dyspraxia – What to look out for?'.


Our past events include:

October 2015 - The shy child, reluctant talker and selective mutism with Claire Canning

November 2015 - A year in the life of a nursery garden with Rory McIntyre - Playtrail (Forest School)

March 2016 - Dyslexia in the early years with Maria Philips

Use of Whiteboards in the early years - Mrs M McGuiness

June 2016 - The World Around Us, New Inspection Arrangements with Kathleen Cassidy

27th/28th October 2016 - Two Day Conference - Working with the reluctant speaker and selective mutism with Maggie Johnson

14th September 2017 - Music in the Classroom and The Inspection Process - with Kathleen Cassidy and Valerie Campbell, ETI

18th October 2017 - Take Ten, reducing anxiety in children - with Fintan Connelly

20th & 21st March 2018 - Incorporating Music into the Curriculum - with Sandra Campbell

12th February 2019 - Supporting parents of children with SEN - with Fiona O'Donnell

9th May 2019 - Understanding Children’s Behaviour - with Lisa Hinds


We recently hosted the Creativity Unwrapped conference, with Anni McTavish, Debi Keyte-Hartland, and Pete Moorhouse, on Friday 29 March 2019 at Stranmillis University College in Belfast.

North West Northern Ireland Branch Team

Chair: Majella McDowell
Vice Chair: Linda Woods
Treasurer: Patricia Taggart
Secretary: Laura Fox

Branch telephone: 

Upcoming events

06 Nov 2019

Can three year olds ride rollercoasters? Trauma Informed Practice in the Early Years

Speaker(s): Paula Hegarty, Dr Mark Given, Dr Christine McGrath

Past events

09 May 2019

Understanding Children’s Behaviour

Speaker(s): Lisa Hinds

12 Feb 2019

Supporting parents of children with SEN

Speaker(s): Fiona O'Donnell

27 Oct 2016

Two Day Conference - Working with the reluctant speaker and selective mutism

Speaker(s): Maggie Johnson