Bernie McCormack

Special Needs Assisting

Position: SNA tutor

‘While we teach, we learn.”

About Bernie 

My career to date spans through Further Education, Sports Development for people with Intellectual Disabilities, Secondary and Private School Education, Health and Leisure Management, Fitness Instructing, Sports Coaching, and most recently Project Managing and Health and Safety in the Construction Industry.

Throughout all current and previous jobs preparation and suitable training have been key to success. I have taken huge experiences from working with all types of people. This has helped greatly in preparing classes, workshops, challenges, and content for the Special Needs Assisting Course. My in-school experiences in addition to working in the intellectual disability area for over 7 years have helped greatly with anticipating and responding to learner needs throughout the Special Needs Assisting programmes.

Bernie’s Teaching Philosophy

As a pragmatic tutor and person, I approach teaching in a very interactive and student-led way. I use teaching methodologies used in classrooms by SNAs when delivering the course to challenge though processes and to highlight best practice. I encourage maximum active participation, independent learning, and staged assignment approaches throughout all courses. I respond to each group and alter my delivery style when required. I deliver regular and varied feedback through out courses to guide learners towards higher standards while building self-esteem and reinforcing learning. I review the content after each course and keep up to date with industry best practices.


  • P. Dip in Health and Safety in Construction
  • BSc. (Hons) In Physical Education Studies
  • BSc. (Ord) in Health and Leisure Studies
  • Prince2 Practitioner
  • ACELS Level 7 Certificate in English Language Teaching
  • PHECC First Aid Responder Instructor
  • QQI Level 6 Manual Handling Instructor
  • QQI Level 6 Training Needs Identification and Design
  • QQI Level 6 Training Delivery and Evaluation
  • QQI Level 6 Special Needs Assisting
  • QQI Level 6 Leadership

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