Leadership Pathway - Years 3 – 5 School Leaders
REAL – Reflective, EMPOWERED, Authentic Leadership

Presenters: Jack Durkan & Kathryn Corbett

This Leadership Pathway provides an opportunity to engage with other school leaders who began their leadership role in a very different reality to what is now being experienced in school communities.

How are WE doing?

This is a key question for exploration. In this context the focus of the Leadership Pathway will be on EMPOWERED leadership, while at the same time incorporating the elements of reflection and authenticity, these being the theme of this year’s conference. You will be asked to consider how to build capacity and empower others to develop a collective team responsibility across the whole school community.


JackDurkanJack Durkan M.ED
IPPN Supports & Services Manager; former Principal Togher Boys’ Primary School Cork; Master’s Degree in School Leadership and School Management from University of Hull; B.Ed Degree from Mary Immaculate College, Limerick; former Associate with PDST on the Leadership Team and former Lecturer, Tutor and Research Facilitator on the PGDELM (Future Leaders Programme NUIM).

Trained Relationship Counsellor; Executive Coach and Mentor; Mentor/Trainer (associate CSL); Diploma in Child and Adolescent Counselling; Project Zero, Harvard MA; Placement Consultant with Global Gateway for Teachers, Bloomington Indiana US.

Chairperson BOM Blarney St CBS Cork (2019-2023)


KathrynCorbettKathryn Corbett
Kathryn is on the IPPN Board of Directors and is currently principal of Bishop Galvin NS, a large senior primary school in Templeogue, Dublin. Previous to this, she was seconded to the National Induction Programme for Teachers (NIPT) as a Regional Development Officer. She also worked as Professional Learning Officer, a member of the senior management team with the Teaching Council.

Kathryn completed her M.Ed. with Maynooth University, and in 2020 was awarded a PhD from UL, with her research on teachers’ learning. She also has a Diploma in Counselling Skills. She currently lectures part-time on the B.Ed. programme with Froebel College, and on the Post Graduate Diploma for School Leadership (PDSL) with UL. Most recently, she has co- designed and facilitated a new series of workshops with NAPD President, Rachel O’ Connor, for Aspiring Female Leaders in Education, in collaboration with Wexford Education Centre.

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