This seminar will prepare the ground and provide practical tips for developing a whole-school Dignity in the Workplace policy. The mechanism to address conflict will be a restorative one. If you enjoyed the Restorative Practices seminar last year, this seminar is likely to be of interest, but you don’t need to have attended it to benefit from this seminar.

Facilitator: Ann Ryan

Ann Ryan has worked for all of her teaching career in areas of social disadvantage. She was a mainstream teacher for 17 years and then worked for 3 years as a teacher counsellor. She was Principal of St. Mark’s JNS, Tallaght for 17 years. Ann worked with the IPPN Leadership Support Team for three years until August 2018.

Ann is passionately committed to a positive school experience for all. She considers Emotional Literacy as the bedrock on which to build best possible teaching and learning outcomes and believes relational trust and connectedness can never be overstated. She is an advocate of Restorative Values and Practices in schools and delivers workshops to school staffs on getting started in Restorative Practices. She is a qualified Life Coach and also works as a mentor with CSL.


Facilitator: Padraig McCabe

Padraig is principal of St. Mary's Junior NS, Clondalkin, Dublin 22, a mainstream, co-educational school with DEIS Band 1 status. He holds several post-graduate diplomas as well as a Masters in Educational Leadership. He has represented IPPN on a number of committees and forums, including presenting a submission to the Oireachtas Committee for Social Inclusion; he is IPPN National Coordinator for Children and Young People Services Committees; a member of the DCU-based Prevention of Hunger in Schools Strategy Group and the working group convened by Diabetes Ireland.

Padraig is Chairperson of his local School Completion Programme and a Board member of Archways. Padraig has been a member of the IPPN National Conference Venue Committee since 2010 and also from 2004-2006. He is a trained Mentor with the Centre for School Leadership and also acts as a ‘Cara’ to mentors.


Facilitator: Michael Maher

Michael is principal of St Thomas JS, Esker, Lucan, a large co-ed mainstream school. He is a mentor and a Cara with the Centre for School Leadership. 

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