Incredible Years Teacher Classroom Management Training

The Teacher Classroom Management (TCM) programme is delivered on a whole school basis, which means that all staff at an identified school are trained in the TCM programme. The programme is delivered by a combination of professionals from NEPS,  HSE West Clinical Psychology Service, and teachers who have completed Incredible Years TCM facilitator training. There are 6 workshops in total delivered over several months.The focus of workshops is on strengthening the home-school relationship, proactive strategies to manage children’s behaviour in the classroom, teaching children problem solving and anger management skills. Strengthening children’ social and academic competence is a key concept of the programme. Teachers have reported feeling more confident about classroom management and a greater sense of being part of a supportive team having completed TCM training as a whole staff.

The TCM programme is offered to identified schools in Co. Clare and is delivered by professionals from NEPS, and the HSE’s Clinical Psychology Service. It is delivered over six workshops, to all teaching staff at identified schools. This is in keeping with IY Clare’s whole school approach to programme delivery. When a school has undertaken the IY TCM training, the IY Basic parenting programme is then offered to a group of parents from the school. Parents are recruited to the IY Basic parenting programme through a collaborative effort between the school and the agencies of IY Clare.

To date (2014), a number of schools have completed the integral parts of the Incredible Years Training, i.e. the Parenting programme, the Teacher Classroom Management (TCM) programme and are using the classroom curriculum programme. These schools are Holy Family Junior NS in Ennis, Scoil Chríost Rí in Ennis, Scoil na Maighdine Mhuire in Newmarket on Fergus and Scoil Mhainichin, Ennistymon, Ennis National School,St. Senan’s NS, and St. Tola’s NS, Shannon, Scoil Realt Na Mara Kilkee, staff from Cooraclare NS, Carrigaholt NS, Kilbaha NS, and Kildysart NS.

The IY TCM Programme has been well researched and validated. It involves group led discussions and practice time within the group in order to problem solve and try out new techniques. Video clips are also used to illustrate key points in each session and provide the group with time to discuss concepts shown and how best to apply these ideas in the classroom. Participants are provided with the book which accompanies the TCM programme- “How to Promote Children’s Social and Emotional Competence” by Carolyn Webster-Stratton. Participants also receive handouts and behaviour plan record sheets to be used for specific children. Facilitators request that these behaviour plans and other related assignments are completed by participants between workshops in order to ensure that they obtain maximum benefit from the programme and can be certified at the end of the 6 workshops.

In schools where there is a large number of teaching and SNA staff the group will be divided as appropriate. The logistics of facilitation will be discussed between each school and the Incredible Years Clare steering group. Schools cover the cost of the programme as regards venue, books, lunches and puppets (if required).

Overview of programme Content

The IY TCM programme promotes teacher competencies and strengthens home-school connections in the following ways:

  • Strengthen teachers’ effective classroom management skills, including proactive teaching approaches.
  • Increase teachers’ use of effective discipline strategies
  • Increase teacher’ collaborative efforts with parents and promotion of parents’ school involvement
  • Increase teachers’ ability to deliver social skills, anger management, and problem solving skills in the classroom
  • Decrease levels of classroom aggression.

Furthermore the TCM programme promotes children’s competencies and reduces aggressive and non compliant behaviours by working on the following areas:

  • Strengthening children’s social skills and appropriate play skills
  • Promoting children’s use of self-control strategies such as effective problem-solving steps and effective anger management strategies.
  • Increasing emotional awareness by labelling feelings, recognising the differing views of oneself and others.
  • Boosting academic success, reading and school readiness.
  • Reducing defiance, aggressive behaviour, and related conduct problems such as noncompliance, peer aggression and rejection, bullying, stealing and lying.
  • Decreasing children’s negative cognitive attributions and conflict management approaches.
  • Increasing self esteem and self confidence.

To download more information on the Incredible Years Teacher Classroom Management Programme, click on the following link: Incredible Years Clare TCM Programme information.

What does it involve?:In total, the Teacher Classroom Management programme involves a commitment to a six day training schedule, commitment to the completion of assignments related to the programme and the adoption of the classroom curriculum in the school as appropriate.

Video Taping: In order to attain accreditation from the IY committee in Seattle USA the facilitators need to tape themselves in action in each session. This allows them to improve their group delivery skills. The camera is on the facilitators only, not participants, and material is viewed only to examine facilitators skills, not participants responses.

Quotes from Previous Participants:

“Very beneficial and lots of food for thought”

“I am definitely much more aware of individual needs and solutions”

If you want more information on the Incredible Years Teacher Classroom Management Programme, contact: Eve Brennan IY Development Worker, Clarecare 4 Dooneen Pk. Toler St., Kilrush. Phone: 065 905 2817 Email:

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