Seminar Synopsis

The aim of this workshop is to examine a number of approaches that support and develop middle leaders within individual school contexts. This seminar will also give an overview of the ‘Comhar’ programme, a series of leadership development workshops for middle leaders (Assistant Principal I and Assistant Principal II) for both primary and post-primary schools.


About Ciara Gaughan
Ciara is originally from Belmullet, Co. Mayo. After graduating from St. Patrick’s College, Drumcondra in 2006 she taught in St. Mary’s N.S., Ashbourne and Kilcoskan N.S. in North Co. Dublin where she was Deputy Principal. She is a Teaching Principal in St. Margaret’s National School located beside Dublin Airport since September 2011. Ciara is currently on secondment to the Leadership Team of the Professional Development Service for Teachers. Since joining PDST she has been involved in designing and facilitating on their Leadership Programmes i.e. Comhar for Middle Leaders; Misneach for Newly Appointed Principals and Forbairt for experienced school leaders. Dedicated to lifelong learning, Ciara has completed a Postgraduate Diploma in Educational Leadership with NUI Maynooth and a Masters in Education with Trinity College.

About Colm Ó Tuathail
Colm is a primary school principal on secondment from Rearcross National School, Rearcross, Co. Tipperary. He worked as a classroom teacher in Gaelscoil Nás na Ríogh, Naas, Co. Kildare and as Teaching Principal of Bodyke National School, Bodyke, Co. Clare. Colm was seconded to the PDST in 2018 as a Leadership Advisor. This role included working on the design and delivery of the Misneach, Forbairt, Tánaiste and Comhar programmes for school leaders and the one-day seminars which strive to address some of the current challenges facing primary principals. Colm has an abiding interest in school leadership and has completed a Masters in Educational Leadership with Trinity College and a Master of Arts in Christian Leadership with Mary Immaculate College.

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