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Castletown GNS, Dundalk, Co. Louth

Incredible Years


Castletown Girls’ School promotes and rewards good behaviour. We do this by implementing strategies from the Incredible Years programmes. All our teachers have received class training, some have attended Dina School training, as well as parents, who can avail of behavioural management education. By working together, the children experience consistent and positive reinforcement of how to behave. It has been and continues to be successful. Please find below an excerpt from their website which explains more.

The Incredible Years®  programs for parents, teachers, and children reduce challenging behaviors in children and increase their social emotional learning and self-control skills.

The programs have been found to be effective in strengthening teacher and parent management skills, improving children’s social emotional competence, emotion regulation, and school readiness, and reducing behavior problems.

Evidence shows the programs have improved behaviors of up to 80 percent of the children of participating parents and teachers. If left unchecked these behaviors would mean those children are at greater risk in adulthood of unemployment, mental health problems, substance abuse, early pregnancy/early fatherhood, criminal offending, multiple arrests and imprisonment, higher rates of domestic violence and shortened life expectancy.


  • Parents and teachers use various strategies to help children regulate their emotions, improve their social skills,  and do better academically. It can also mean a more enjoyable family life.

  • Parents or teachers meet as a group with two trained facilitators. They are given opportunities to collectively and individually develop new strategies for managing their children and working together in collaborative partnerships.

  • Children can also receive training in small groups or classrooms by trained teachers or therapists and learn how to follow rules and cooperate, express emotions, problem-solve, manage anger, and make good friends.

  • Group aspects include: setting personal goals, role play practices, self reflection, facilitator feedback, and home or classroom activities. Facilitators use video scenes to encourage group discussion, problem-solving and sharing of ideas. Parents and teachers are given handouts, activities to practice with children, and reminder notes to put on their refrigerator or blackboards.