ECU School Chess Teacher Training Course - Cambridge, Royal Cambridge Hotel, Saturday, 31. August 2019

The ECU School Chess Teacher training course comprises two days of interactive presentations, group discussions and practical exercises. The focus of the course is on how to teach chess. The course is suitable for teachers and tutors who want to make chess an exciting and educational experience for children.
The ECU School Chess Teacher Certificate is available to those who complete the course and pass an online test taken at the end of the course. The Certificate is endorsed by the European Chess Union (ECU) to recognise that the individual has an adequate level of chess knowledge and is familiar with didactical methods for the classroom.
The course is innovative in content and delivery and was developed in the ECU after a review of best practice in Europe. Attendees give very positive feedback on the course. Over 300 teachers and tutors have attended the course in the last year.
The course helps you to build up your teaching skills in chess so as to improve the general educational attainment of children. You can showcase this qualification on your CV and LinkedIn profile. The course qualifies towards Continuing Professional Development and is recognised across Europe by virtue of being accredited by the European Chess Union.

ECU Chess and Mathematics Course
This two-day course can be taken in conjunction with the preceding one-day Chess and Mathematics course. Those who attend both courses are entitled to a discount of 15% off the price each course when booked together. To avail of this offer, please contact training.
Day 1
09:30 Arrival and refreshments
10.00 Course starts


Classroom Chess

Language of Chess

History of Chess

Teaching the Pieces

13.00 Lunch


Didactic Model

Teaching Checkmate

Organising Competitions

17:00 End of first day
Day 2
10.00 – 16.00

Lesson Planning


Teaching tactics

13.00 Lunch

Problem solving

Social chess

Online Test

John Foley: Secretary of the ECU Education Commission. Author of classroom books for chess teachers and pupils.
Rita Atkins: chess and mathematics teacher, woman international master
1) Attendees are expected to be able to play chess to a basic level.
2) The online test requires that the candidate brings a digital device.
The Royal Cambridge Hotel is located on the edge of the city centre. Thehotel is a perfect base for exploring the beauty of historic Cambridge.
Attendees staying overnight in Cambridge are recommended to stay at the venue hotel where we have negotiated special rates:

£99.00 per night in single occupancy room including buffet breakfast

£115.00 in double/twin occupancy including buffet breakfast

Please quote 'ChessPlus' and code B86268
For those driving to Cambridge and staying at the hotel there is special discounted rate in their car park of £8.00 per night (from £15.00 per night, full price)
European Chess Union
The European Chess Union is the representative body for 54 national chess federations in Europe and neighbouring regions. Members of the ECU include the English Chess Federation, Scottish Chess, the Welsh Chess Union and the Irish Chess Union. The Education Commission of the ECU promotes chess as a pedagogic tool to develop the social and intellectual skills of children. The Education Commission was established in 2014 to lead the development of Chess in Schools across Europe. It launched a School Chess Teacher Certificate scheme to recognise school teachers who have the knowledge and ability to teach chess in the classroom.
The ECU School Chess Teacher training course was designed by the leading chess educationists in Europe and is validated by the ECU Advisory Board which is an international academic panel with experts in disciplines from cognitive science and psychology to statistics and pedagogy. The certification was developed following the Declaration by the European Parliament on 15th March 2012 that Chess in Schools should be encouraged for educational purposes.

Why is there a maximum number of attendees?
We want to ensure that everybody who attends receives the optimum learning experience and the maximum interaction with the course tutors. Hence we restrict the number of attendees to 24.
Is the course suitable for someone who is not a teacher?
The course is suitable if you are a chess tutor who wants to improve your knowledge of teaching.
What level of chess are attendees expected to have?
A basic level of chess knowledge is required. Being able to quickly apprehend checkmate is a useful benchmark.
Is the course suitable for primary schools or secondary schools?
The course focuses on didactics rather than content. It does not distinguish between primary and secondary schools. However, whilst didactics is universal, scholastic teaching materials will be available only for primary schools.
Is the course only about chess?
No, the course deploys chess as a vehicle to teach thinking skills such as problem-solving and logical analysis. It will also show some connections between chess and mathematics.
More information
For more information about the course, please contact

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