AIB FUTURE SPARKS

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Turn a moment of life learning into a lifetime of skills.

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AIB Future Sparks is a unique new life skills programme for schools, designed by teachers for teachers. With over 540 schools and more than 900 teachers registered and using the platform, this programme supports the core curriculum, maps onto current key skills frameworks, and provides invaluable educational resources for teachers and students.

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Key features

<p><strong>An easy-to-navigate online library</strong> of subject-specific educational resources. These are all skills-based with PowerPoints, Lesson Plans, Worksheets, Solutions, and lots, lots more. Simply register for free and you’ll have access to the site, with separate areas for teachers and students.</p>

An easy-to-navigate online library of subject-specific educational resources. These are all skills-based with PowerPoints, Lesson Plans, Worksheets, Solutions, and lots, lots more. Simply register for free and you’ll have access to the site, with separate areas for teachers and students.

<p><strong>Future Sparks TV</strong> is a series of over 50 video episodes across the curriculum. It’s designed for students and features real-life stories from industry experts and well-known personalities.</p>

Future Sparks TV is a series of over 50 video episodes across the curriculum. It’s designed for students and features real-life stories from industry experts and well-known personalities.

<p><strong>Financial Education</strong> applies a new and engaging perspective to important literacy and numeracy skills that will stay with us for a lifetime. In addition to resources, we also offer virtual ‘Stay Safe’ fraud awareness presentations for students, facilitated by local AIB branches.</p>

Financial Education applies a new and engaging perspective to important literacy and numeracy skills that will stay with us for a lifetime. In addition to resources, we also offer virtual ‘Stay Safe’ fraud awareness presentations for students, facilitated by local AIB branches.

<p><strong>Freshers’ Packs</strong> support the transition from primary school into post primary school, with material prepared by Guidance Counsellors.</p>

Freshers’ Packs support the transition from primary school into post primary school, with material prepared by Guidance Counsellors.

<p><strong>CareersPortal partnership</strong> includes exclusive access to tools for TY, LCA, LCVP and LCE students and the AIB Career Skills Competition.</p>

CareersPortal partnership includes exclusive access to tools for TY, LCA, LCVP and LCE students and the AIB Career Skills Competition.

<p><strong>Future Sparks Recognition Award</strong> is for every school that submits a case study. Your school will receive a plaque and a donation of a tree to be planted on the school grounds (as part of AIB’s sustainability agenda and 2030 pledge).</p>

Future Sparks Recognition Award is for every school that submits a case study. Your school will receive a plaque and a donation of a tree to be planted on the school grounds (as part of AIB’s sustainability agenda and 2030 pledge).

Subjects

Business, Economics, Accountancy

Business, Economics, Accountancy

Guidance Counselling

Guidance Counselling

Financial Education

Financial Education

SPHE

SPHE

Transition Year

Transition Year

Business, Economics, Accountancy

The AIB Future Sparks Programme looks to encourage the development of both enterprise and life skills in students across the country to assist them in enhancing transferable skills that are necessary in the world of work. AIB Future Sparks developed resources with Junior Cycle Business Studies and the Senior Cycle Business subjects of Accounting, Business and Economics in mind.

With the topics covered, there is a focus on students’ learning and making the link between the Business classroom and the real world of business. Students are provided with activities, which will develop their skills and understanding of the relevant topics within the curricula for both Junior and Senior Cycles.

Resources include:

  • Teacher Resources
  • Student Resources
  • Future Sparks TV
  • Business Bites animations

GUIDANCE COUNSELLING

A core subject of AIB Future Sparks, the programme concept was developed with the Guidance Counselling programme and key skills frameworks in mind.

Here, Guidance Counsellors will find a variety of resources to support development of students’ key transferable life skills including Freshers’ Packs to support 1st Year students’ and their parents’ transition into post primary school; Guidance Awareness templates for Junior Cycle students; CBA Teaching Resources; Study Skills Tips; Career Stories; CV Writing Supports; Skills Awareness Activities and lots, lots more!

All our Guidance Related Learning resources have been developed by experienced Guidance Counsellors and include:

  • Teacher Resources (as presented on the NCGE Post Primary Webinar Series 2022)
  • Student Resources
  • Parent Resources
  • Career & Life Skills Future Sparks TV
  • Access to a number of CareersPortal tools
  • Work Experience Resources for TYs, LCAs & LCVPs
  • AIB Careers Skills Competition by Careers Portal

Financial Education

The AIB Future Sparks Programme seeks to encourage the development of financial literacy skills in students across the country. Although this is not a subject taught in school, it is one of the most important real-life skills that a teenager needs to develop and master before becoming an independent citizen in society.

Each topic contains a wide cross section of financial mathematical concepts for students to tackle and become immersed in. Activities can be brought into Business, Mathematics and Home Economics classrooms amongst others and are suitable for Classroom Based Assessments. The nature of these activities also lends themselves to further discussion beyond what is covered within them.

Financial Education topics covered include:

  • Being a Consumer
  • Managing my Money
  • Banking and Investment
  • Tax and Insurance
  • Fraud Awareness through our ‘Stay Safe’ interactive presentations, facilitated by local AIB branch staff

SPHE

A core subject of the AIB Future Sparks Programme, the programme concept was developed with the Junior Cycle Key Skills, Wellbeing Indicators and Senior Cycle Framework in mind.

Here, SPHE teachers will find a variety of resources structured around adolescent life moments to support SPHE curriculum planning. These resources aim to support the development of a positive sense of self, the skills and insights for caring for yourself and others and for the development of students’ key transferable life skills. These resources combined with Future Sparks TV, will support students in making informed decisions about their wellbeing and offer an opportunity to explore and develop the skills associated with resilience and coping with life’s challenges during adolescence.

Transition Year

We know that Transition Year is a key time for students to branch out and develop life skills in the real world as well as in school through their engagement with community projects, volunteering and work experience opportunities. Establishing new skills and exploring interests, old and new, is what Transition Year is all about, and AIB Future Sparks is here to help young people grow and develop as individuals and students during this time.

AIB Future Sparks have developed a range of helpful resources for Transition Year Coordinators and Teachers to support your students including: teacher powerpoints, practical templates for writing work experience reports and self-evaluations, reflective practices, career investigation tools, skills audit resources, student worksheets, CV writing tips, and more. They have been designed to help students on the way to leading their own skills development as they transition from Junior to Senior Cycle and beyond.

LIFE MOMENTS

How young people transition from one life moment to the next is important for reaching their potential and maintaining overall well-being. Skills are the consequence and the sustenance as they go from one life moment to the next. Some key life moments are:

Ignite

Ignite

The journey begins here! As students move from primary school into post primary, new learning plus key skills practice and awareness begins.

In Gear

In Gear

Getting ready! Students are growing up, learning to use their new skills and growing their confidence.

Observe, look left, look right, check your mirrors!

Observe, look left, look right, check your mirrors!

Time to reflect and evaluate! 3rd year is a time for noticing their skills and how they are developing. It’s also time to reflect and evaluate before making some serious choices for Senior Cycle up ahead.

Accelerate - Roundabout ahead!

Accelerate - Roundabout ahead!

The detour of a lifetime! Students challenge themselves to take on and develop new skills.

Drive

Drive

The open road! Here, students consolidate their skills and hone their awareness for future choices ahead.

Navigate/Steer - Motorway ahead!

Navigate/Steer - Motorway ahead!

Changing lanes - from byroads to motorways! Skills are now integrated for students, who make informed choices for the next stage of their journey.

Igniting the dreams and ambitions of Ireland’s Future Sparks

FUTURE SPARKS SCHOOLS
RECOGNITION AWARD

FUTURE SPARKS SCHOOLS <br /> RECOGNITION AWARD

Submit a Case Study and Receive Your Reward!

Join our Future Sparks learning community by submitting a case study telling us about your stories of change, the key transferable skills your school has developed, and how the AIB Future Sparks Programme has supported this learning.

Any teacher that does so will ensure that their school receives:

  • A ‘Future Sparks Schools Award’ plaque
  • A planted tree on the school grounds
  • A digital badge for your school website
  • Certificates for participating students
  • Potential press coverage for your school locally and online

 

What do we mean by a ‘case study’? The case study is a teacher’s submission that can be told from the perspective of teachers, management or students. It can focus on any aspect of the daily life of a school and involve any year group.

Log in to your Teacher Account to access the online submission form.

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"I love that this programme aims to contribute towards connecting the ... dots along the learner’s skills journey from first year in post primary right through to students progressing into the world of work and third level education."

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Guidance Counsellor

Guidance Counsellor

Co. Meath

"Isn’t it amazing to have Irish made resources at our finger ... tips so teachers can concentrate on developing these life skills with students when in the classroom?"

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Business Teacher

Business Teacher

Co. Dublin

"Through this programme, teachers can provide support to our young people ... to raise awareness, create a focus and encourage practice of these life skills that will serve as a solid foundation for their future lives."

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TY Coordinator

TY Coordinator

Co. Dublin

“I love the 1st Year transition pack. It will be something ... I use with the incoming first years, I will share the tips for parents. Great practical advice. I am using the Managing Money resources with a 3rd year resource class and they are loving it!”

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1st Year Head

1st Year Head

Co. Mayo

“We are all so impressed with the portal because it can ... often be very difficult to find appropriate video clips on the various business topics due to them being irrelevant to our country etc. … We are all very impressed and so grateful for these resources.”

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Business Teacher

Business Teacher

Co. Dublin

“It is fantastic and I will be using loads of the ... tools.”

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TY & CSPE Teacher

TY & CSPE Teacher

Co. Cork

"Very helpful and we have found some of the programmes very ... useful with our junior year groups in particular.”

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Guidance Counsellor

Guidance Counsellor

Co. Kerry

Register your interest

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    POPULAR FAQs

    It is a post primary schools life skills programme comprising of two parts: 

    1. A resource bank of online ‘conversation sparking’ episodes illustrating real life example of key transferable skills and educational teaching resources specially developed by teachers in Guidance related subjects, Business, Economics, Home Economics and TY 
    2. A recognition and rewards piece for schools who submit their own ‘skills case study/ example of best practice’

     

    Simply register your interest using the contact form on the bottom of this page or alternatively email us at futuresparks@realnation.ie or call 01 522 4880. A member of the team will get back to you within working hours (Monday-Friday 9am-5pm) with your school’s unique access code. From here, you can use this code to create your very own account.

    The AIB Future Sparks Programme has been primarily designed as a resource bank for teachers to assist in the teaching of life skills as part of curricular work. All the resources on the website are ‘pick up and teach’ and some resources are available for students to use directly. Simply register to gain access to your unique Future Sparks programme account, log in, have a look around, and enjoy!

    During the year, simply log on, select which resources you would like to use and enjoy!

    Towards the end of the academic year, we will ask teachers in your school to submit a brief case study describing achievements in growing skills-based learning with your students or in your school. Schools who submit a case study will be rewarded for their efforts. Each Future Sparks School will be recognised as a leader in the life skills movement, and in line with AIB’s Sustainability agenda and our pledge to be carbon neutral by 2030, will receive a donation of a tree to be planted on the school grounds along with your Future Sparks plaque and certificates for participating students.

    The AIB Future Sparks Programme has resources for every year group from 1st Year right up to 6th Year, including TY and LCA students. Subjects include: Guidance Related Learning, Transition Year, Business Studies, Business, Accounting, Economics, Home Economics, LCVP, SPHE & Wellbeing.

    No, AIB Future Sparks is completely free!

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