Blanchardstown, Dublin

Blanchardstown, Dublin

Hartstown Community School, Blakestown, Blanchardstown, Dublin,

Collette Simpson

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The Searsol centre enables children from the age of eight upwards to learn the skill of touch typing. Our unique training method focuses on enabling children to work independently, giving them confidence in their typing abilities. They progress through small steps to gradually develop their accuracy and typing speed.  Unlike traditional tuition, Searsol fosters students’ skills in self-learning, building confidence, and lessening reliance on a teacher.

Our typing course is suitable for all children from the age of eight upwards. We work with children that have learning differences such as dyslexia, dyspraxia, or other learning differences.

Your child will be initially assessed by the Searsol tutor to determine what they can achieve on our typing course. Your child will visit their local Searsol centre once a week, where their Tutor will observe their typing and ensure that they are using the right technique. Searsol’s aim is to develop each child into a confident, independent, and enthusiastic learner

Our Blanchardstown centre is located in Hartstown Community School.

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Sean Carthy

My name is Collette Simpson and I have been working within the community as a professional tutor for over five years now.  I have worked with all age groups, from primary school-aged children to retired adults.  Previously, having worked within the private sector for big corporate companies for almost 20 years in different office roles, I knew this was not my calling.

I returned to education as a mature student to follow my dreams of working as a teacher/tutor. I graduated from Maynooth University with a Double honors degree and also level 8 certifications.  Learning is never-ending. I have been working with Searsol in the after-school touch typing classes for over a year now. This has allowed me to work with the students – who may prefer typing over writing or how typing works better for them than writing – to help nurture and help enhance their typing abilities.  With a little encouragement and guidance, I get to watch these students grow in confidence while learning their way around the keyboard. That is the satisfaction of the job for me, everyone is happy walking away from the learning experience

  • Wednesday
    4 to 5 pm
  • Wednesday
    5 to 6 pm
Class Schedule

Classes follow the school term. Classes run from September to June. No classes on the following dates: October mid-term Christmas 22nd Dec - 4th Jan 2023 February mid-term - 13-17 Feb 2023 Easter - 3rd - 14th April 2023

Car Parking
Wheelchair accessible toilets

Blanchardstown, Dublin Center Address:

Hartstown Community School

Blakestown

Blanchardstown

Dublin

Driving

Computer Room Directions:

Go past reception and go up the stairs. Computer room H11.

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Information about Class Structure:

Our academic year spans from September through the end of May or June, depending on the centre. We offer a flexible schedule, hosting three to five monthly classes. The course fee remains consistent every month regardless of the number of classes held in a given month.

Our classes follow a hybrid model, combining traditional classroom settings with at-home learning opportunities. This hybrid approach ensures comprehensive learning experiences for students.

Home-based learning sessions are scheduled during specific times throughout the year to accommodate various events, including Halloween, Christmas, Midterms, Easter, and Bank Holidays. During these periods when our typing classes are not on in the classroom, students can access Typewiz from home using their unique passcode. If you need your child’s passcode, simply contact your class tutor or contact us via email.

We strive to provide a balanced and engaging learning environment that maximises student learning potential throughout the academic year.

The free trial assessment is an hour long and takes place as part of the class.  Just drop your child off to the class and then come back at the end of the class. The class tutor will show a report on how your child got on detailing the following:

  • How many exercises they did.
  • Their average accuracy and word-per-minute
  •  What potential grade they can achieve on the course – Bronze, Silver or Gold grade.
Searsol is a participating provider for the National Childcare Scheme (NCS).
 
The National Childcare Scheme is a fantastic initiative designed to empower young people up to the age of 15, enabling them to make a positive impact on their lives and communities. Through the NCS program, your child will have access to a diverse range of experiences and opportunities aimed at their personal development.
 
By registering your child for the NCS scheme and obtaining approval, you’ll receive a payment for course attendance. The rate of payment is determined by your income, with a guaranteed minimum subsidy of €1.40 per class fee.
 
To check your entitlement and estimate your potential subsidy, you can use the subsidy calculator. Please ensure that you input only one hour of childcare required per week to determine your weekly rate.
 
Once you’ve successfully obtained approval for the NCS scheme, kindly email us with the following information:
 
1. Child’s Full Name
2. Date of Birth
3. Chick Number
 
We will reduce your monthly course fee going forward by the approved amount, ensuring that your child can fully benefit from the NCS program.

Searsol’s Referral Program!

At Searsol, we’re excited to present our improved Referral Program designed to reward you for spreading the word about our exceptional typing classes. We understand that word-of-mouth recommendations are invaluable, and we want to acknowledge your support in a more substantial way. Here’s how our enhanced Referral Program works:

  1. Refer and Reap the Benefits: When you refer a friend, family member, or colleague to our typing course, and they subsequently enroll their child on our classes, you both stand to gain. Not only will they experience the incredible benefits of our typing program, but you will also earn a valuable reward!
  2. Your Reward: One Month of Free Tuition: As a token of our appreciation, when your referred student signs up for our typing classes after their free trial, and mentions your name during the free trial sign-up, you’ll receive a generous reward – one entire month of course fees credited to your account! This means you get to enjoy the benefits of Searsol’s classes at no cost for a whole month.
  3. Seamless Process: The process is effortless. Just make sure that the person you refer enters your name in the “Referral Name” field during their free trial sign-up. This step is crucial to ensure proper tracking and crediting of your account with the reward.
  4. The More You Refer, the More You Earn: There’s no limit to the number of referrals you can make! Every successful referral that meets the criteria will earn you another month of free tuition. So, whether you refer one student or ten, your generosity will be well-rewarded.
  5. Sharing the Gift of Efficient Typing: By participating in our Referral Program, you’re not only benefiting personally but also helping others discover the advantages of fast and accurate typing. Spread the word about Searsol’s transformative typing classes and contribute to creating a community of proficient typists.

Thank you for being a valued part of the Searsol community and for helping us spread the art of efficient typing!

If your child can’t make our typing class, they can access Typewiz at home using their passcode. The passcode can be obtained from the class tutor or email Searsol requesting it.

If the classes are not on due to midterms etc. Your child still can access Typewiz using their passcode.

 

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