ECU School Chess Teacher Training Course - London

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The George & Devonshire

8 Burlington Lane


W4 2QE

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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 the teaching aspects of 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 awarded 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. This is the first time that the course has been given in the UK. The first ECU course took place at the Madrid Chess Academy in July 2017 led by IM Jesper Hall (details). Attendees gave very positive feedback on the course. Interviews with some of the participants are on the ECU Education channel.


Saturday 14 October 2017

09:30 Arrival and refreshments

10.00 Course starts

  • Introduction

  • Classroom Chess

  • Language of Chess

  • History of Chess

  • The Pieces

  • Minigames

  • Didactic Model

  • Teaching Checkmate

  • Organising Competitions

18:00 End of first day

Sunday 15 October 2017

10.00 – 17.00

  • Lesson Planning

  • Behaviour

  • Teaching tactics

  • Problem solving

  • Social chess


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.


Jesper Hall, Chairman of the ECU Education Commission, FIDE Senior Trainer, Director of the Chess in Schools project in Sweden. Author of several chess training books.

John Foley, member of the ECU Education Commission, former Director of Education and Training at Chess in Schools and Communities in the UK. Author of classroom books for chess teachers and pupils.

Rita Atkins, Woman International Master. Mathematics and physics teacher.


Lunch and refreshments are included.

Saturday evening

There is an opportuniity to practice some of the activities during the evening. This is optional.


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 venue is on the Hogarth Roundabout of the Great West Road (A4) at the junction with Burlington Road. The nearest tube station is Turnham Green (20 minutes walk). The nearest train station is Chiswick (15 minutes walk). The 190 bus (which runs from Richmond via Hammersmith to West Brompton) stops at the Hogarth Roundabout. The pub has limited parking on a first come first served basis but parking in the vicinity is free at the weekend. Full directions.


There is a new Chiswick Premier Inn is across the road from the venue. Early booking ensures an economical 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.


Is my registration fee or ticket transferable?


Is it ok if the name on my ticket or registration doesn't match the person who attends?


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 visiting 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.

What is the best way for occasional chessplayers to prepare for the course?

Registered attendees are given free access to the online chess tutor LearningChess. Attendees should at least be able to tackle all lessons in the Beginners course.

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.

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For more information about the course, please contact John Foley

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