International Study Visits - Professional Development Workshops

Every year we host a number of international study visits (ISV) in Northern Ireland to inspire new approaches to teaching across the curriculum.

On return, this information is disseminated through a number of professional development workshops.

For more information on our workshops, please contact

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WORKSHOP 1: Parental Engagement, Miami Dade, Florida

WHEN: Thursday, 6 February, Belfast - VENUE TO BE CONFIRMED 

WHERE: Castle Tower School, 50 Larne Rd Link, Ballymena BT42 3GA

Hosted by Rachael McLaughlin: The main theme of the visit was to travel to different schools in Miami and experience the various ways they engage parents and communicate with them. In Miami they have a unique setting in that they have “Parent Academies” and as a group, we were very excited to get to know more about how they facilitate parents to take active roles in their child’s education. 

Come along and learn more about this. The workshop will be led by:

  • Mary McCaffrey, SENCo and Teacher of English – Sacred Heart College, Omagh
  • Paul Beaton, Head of Careers and Learning for Life and Work- Wallace High School, Belfast
  • Donna Davidson, Senior Teacher responsible for Attendance/ Careers Subject Leader- Craigavon Senior High School
  • Ruth Harkness, Principal- Craigavon High School
  • Jamie Muir – Teacher of Home Economics & Shared Education Coordinator, - Bangor Academy and Sixth Form College, Bangor
  • Sara McSwiggan, Teacher of Chemistry - Hunterhouse College, Belfast
  • Rachael Laughlin, Special Needs Teacher and Development Manager- Castle Tower School, Ballymena
  • Victoria Wightman, Teacher of Biology - Campbell College Belfast 

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Other professional development opportunities through British Council

Connecting Classrooms 

Connecting Classrooms is delivered in Northern Ireland in conjunction with the Global Centre for Education. All professional development courses can be found here.



eTwinning is a free online community for schools in Europe and some neighbouring countries, which allows you to find partners and collaborate on projects within a secure network and platform. 

All current opportunities for teachers in Northern Ireland can be found her