It will be important to emphasise that these programmes are offered to DEIS Schools in line with the Action Plan for Education and that substitution cover is available for DEIS schools only.
About the FRIENDS Programmes
‘Fun FRIENDS ’, ‘FRIENDS for Life’ and ‘My FRIENDS Youth’ are evidence-
The 10 session FRIENDS’ programmes complement the SPHE curriculum. They help students, aged 4-
In order to deliver the programmes, teachers must attend an accredited training. NEPS psychologists deliver this training over two days. Following training, teachers can register as certified facilitators with FRIENDS Resilience based in Brisbane. They may then order materials and access resources for running the programmes in their classrooms.
Under the Action Plan for Education 2016-
Who should attend?
Class teachers, special education teachers, principals, SPHE teachers and guidance counsellors will all benefit from attending training. Primary and post-
Costs: The Department of Education and Skills will cover the cost of teacher substitution and lunches for the training. The DES does not cover the cost of programme materials for teachers or pupils. The current cost per facilitator manual is c. €16.00. The activity book cost ranges from c. €11 to c. €14.00 euros per participant (depending on the programme and exchange rate on date of purchase). Every child must have their own book. Schools will need to have considered the cost of programme implementation prior to application for training places.
FRIENDS Resilience no longer allows manuals or activity books to be supplied as part of training for teachers. Following training Schools and/or trained facilitators will need to order facilitator manuals and activity books for each pupil directly.