Child protection and parental complaints – no grey areas, follow the process!

Facilitator: Margaret Gorman

There are some statutory obligations that the school has no choice but to follow. It is essential to communicate these obligations to all stakeholders within the school community. This seminar will explore some challenging scenarios facing school leaders in discharging their duty of care to children, including child protection and parental complaints.


The Principal and Deputy Principal: A partnership in trust

Facilitators: Aine Fitzpatrick & Enda McGorman

Áine and Enda will facilitate a seminar on developing partnership between the principal and deputy principal. They will explore how they achieve this in their own practice.

In this seminar, they will highlight the centrality of trust in the relationship. They will seek to explore and develop with participants an understanding of:

  • Shared leadership
  • Collective responsibility
  • Sharing autonomy
  • Communication
  • Shared opportunities for growth and development
  • Distributed leadership: a challenge and a responsibility
  • Broadening the understanding of leadership.


Managing stress in your role as a deputy school leader

Facilitators: Ann Ryan & Donal Kerins 

Stress is an occupational hazard for school leaders. This seminar will provide Deputy Principals with an opportunity to recognise stress and stressors, including those caused by challenging relationships with colleagues and others. It will create a better understanding of stress and its effects on our health and well-being.
Practical coping strategies for dealing with possible and probable daily stressors will be explored. Finally, this seminar will offer practical suggestions for building resilience to the wear and tear arising from the stress and stressors of the every school leader’s life.

New resource model - allocation of resources and its implementation

Facilitator: IPPN

This seminar will outline the proposed model for the deployment of teaching resources to support all pupils with learning needs. It will help schools in relation to best practice guidelines to make optimum use of the resources allocated under the model to improve outcomes for pupils with special educational needs. The main focus of the seminar will be on implementation of the guidelines. 


Our eLearning Plan: a digital strategy for our school

Facilitator: Robbie O'Leary

Circular 0001/2017 directs each school to draw up an eLearning plan using a whole school approach and taking account of its context and circumstances. The plan will outline the vision of the school for the embedding of ICT in teaching, learning and assessment and incorporate targets and priorities for improvement and development..... and to consider how the school can strategically use the funding, over the 5 years in a phased and coherent approach to incrementally improve learning outcomes for students.

This seminar will discuss how schools can begin to develop and implement an eLearning plan and make suggestions as to how it might look, where resources can be found and to identify the most important characteristics of a modern digital school.


Partnership Schools Ireland: How we can use our school communities to enhance teaching and learning in our schools

Facilitator: Anna Mai Rooney

Partnership Schools Ireland is a joint project between the National Parents’ Council, the Irish Primary Principals’ Network and the Department of Education and Skills. It is based on the work of Dr. Joyce Epstein based in Baltimore in America. The vision of the project is to have the work being done in schools supported by the school community in a practical and organised manner. The partnership focuses on four areas, two academic, one behavioural and making the school a more welcoming place. It aligns its focus to the school’s plan assisting in practically supporting each area. It provides an opportunity for the entire school community to work together to support the school, and brings together Board members, parents, students, teachers, support staff and independent members of the local area. After initial training and setting up, the principal hands the project over to the group. He/she is expected to attend the meetings but not to chair them. It puts the principal in the unique position of hearing the opinion of others on how the school is doing, and seeing the work of the school enhanced by ideas from a broad range of supportive partners.

School Leadership and Looking at Our School 2016

Facilitators: Dr Deirdre Mathews & Brian Mac Giolla Phádraig

The Department of Education and Skills published a new quality framework for primary schools, Looking at Our School 2016, in September 2016. The framework outlines domains and standards for teaching and learning and leadership and management. The masterclass will provide participants with an opportunity to become familiar with the elements that make up effective school leadership. It will enable school leaders to explore how the leadership and management domains and standards, along with those for teaching and learning, will assist principals in leading learning in their schools.

Supports available to Deputy Principals 

Facilitators: Pat Goff, Angela Lynch and Sarah McNamara

The post of Deputy Principal can be a very challenging role, with full-time teaching as well as leadership responsibilities. IPPN has a range of supports that are available to all Deputy Principals to support you in your leadership role. These seminars will outline these supports and also the practicalities of acting-up in the short, medium & long term – what to concentrate on and, probably more importantly, what to avoid!  It will include opportunities to discuss the issues that are causing you most concern.

The Power of One - DPmeet 2017

Facilitators: Kathleen Byrne and Ciara Brennan

A DPmeet is a similar event to a Teachmeet with a target audience specifically of Deputy Principals, focusing on issues particularly relevant to school leadership.

This is an organised (but informal) meeting where participants are offered a variety of nano (2-minute) or macro (5-minute) presentations on any aspect of primary education from Deputy Principals attending this year’s conference. Participants can be actively involved as presenters, or can simply relax and listen to all that will be on offer! More information can be found on our website,


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