The training from Hub na nOg has helped us to build our skills around how we engage with children and young people, and reflect their voices throughout our work in HIQA. We found the training was well-tailored to our needs and the staff in the hub have been really supportive as we continue to integrate the learning from the training into our participative methodologies with children and young people.
HIQA, Child Inspection Team
Hub na nÓg’s work with the Inspectorate has supported the exploration of new ways of capturing the student voice in inspections in early years, primary and post-primary settings and schools, inspired by children’s and young people’s inputs and feedback.
Aisling Kearney, Senior Schools Inspector
The voice of children and young people is central to the Creative Schools Initiative. The Hub na nÓg team are leading experts in their field and provide advice and support to our team in a very accessible way. The training they designed and delivered for our Creative Associates and schools was brilliant. Their facilitators are extremely skilled in sharing knowledge alongside providing practical approaches and techniques which have been delivered in Creative Schools across Ireland.
Di Fisher-Naylor, Project Lead, Creative Schools and Director of Programmes, Creativity, Culture and Education
The team at Hub na nÓg designed and delivered training and workshops in January 2020 to our research staff. These were specifically tailored to our needs. The training was excellent in quality and relevance, and of significant value to our ongoing assessment, research and support activities. A big thank you to Anne, Eibhlís and the team!
Jude Cosgrove (CEO) and Lorraine Gilleece (Research Fellow), Educational Research Centre
The guidance and support of Hub na nÓg have been an invaluable resource in the development of the Apollo Project, the National Gallery of Ireland’s flagship programme for young people. Anne and her team shared their expertise generously and thoughtfully, and helped to both challenge and support us as we developed our work with including children and young people in decision-making. Hub na nÓg also provided a bespoke training programme for the Gallery’s education team, which was tailored absolutely to our needs, and has enabled us to embed child-centred evaluation into our programmes. The training was engaging, relevant and fun, and I would not hesitate in recommending it.
Catherine O’Donnell, Education Officer, National Gallery of Ireland
Highlight of the day for me was the World Café activity, it gave me structure on how to get the children voice in a fun and active way. After hearing statistics on the day about different projects that children’s voices have been used (eg: internet safety programmes) I now have a greater appreciation of the children’s opinions and ideas. I have upskilled myself in different ways to get the children’s voice in my own school. It was one of the best training days I’ve been on.
Collette McBreen, Principal, St. Patrick’s National School, Bruskey, Cavan
A lovely balance between theory and practice, some excellent practical ideas. Active and engaging, gave great techniques on drawing out the children’s voice and their opinions. A very informative insight into the challenges facing the youth of today and getting their voice heard. Workshop highlighted the value of the children’s voice and how important it is to listen to their opinions before developing policies or programmes that affect them.
Claire Thomas, Our Lady of Victories Infant School