The European Chess Union established its Education Commission in 2014 to lead the development of Chess in Schools across Europe. It has recently launched a School Chess Teacher Certificate scheme which recognises school teachers who have the knowledge and ability to teach chess in the classroom. To obtain accreditation requires attending a two-day course and passing an in situ online test on didactical methods and fundamental chess concepts. A distinguished international academic panel scrutinises the pedagogical theory behind the course. The course is suitable for teachers who want to introduce or expand chess in their school and are seeking continuous professional development. The first ECU course took place at the Madrid Chess Academy at the beginning of July (http://www.europechess.org/chess-camp-in-madrid-30th-june-2nd-july/). Attendees gave very positive feedback on the course which is innovative in both content and delivery. The event was led by IM Jesper Hall, Chairman of the ECU Education Commission and leader of the government-supported Chess in Schools project in Sweden. Interviews with some of the participants may be found on the ECU Education channel on YouTube https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC927yKCp0WknLg6RuvNkSdQ
The first ECU School Chess Teacher training course leading to a Certificate in the UK will take place in west London on the weekend of 14th/15th October 2017. The course director will be IM Jesper Hall. The cost of the course will be £195. If you are interested in attending, please contact John Foley (firstname.lastname@example.org) who is the UK representative on the ECU Education Commission. Note that those attending the course must be able to play at least basic chess.