Presenter: David Ruddy, Mason Hayes & Curran

You don’t have to be a lawyer to be a successful school leader. It is essential however that you have sufficient knowledge to avoid the pitfalls in an increasingly compliance driven school environment.
We will discuss real scenarios, give you tips and cover a wide range of topics to include;

  • Managing Underperformance
  • Parental Complaints
  • Applying the Code of Behaviour to pupils with special needs
  • Estranged parents objecting to the enrolment of a pupil by the other parent
  • Data access requests and redaction of information.


David Ruddy BL and the Mason, Hayes & Curran Education Team
David is a former school principal and recent past president of IPPN. He has written the ‘Legal Diary’ for Leadership+ for the last 20 years.

David works with the Education Team of Mason Hayes & Curran LLP as an adviser and training consultant for schools. David offers individual schools training in areas such as Behaviours of Concern, Codes of Behaviour, Anti Bullying and Data Protection. He also reviews compliance policies.

David will be joined by members of the Education Team to include:

  • Liam Riordan (Partner)
  • Catherine Kelly (Senior Associate)
  • Edel Kennedy (Senior Associate)

Our Education Team have amassed a wealth of knowledge over many years advising school leaders and Board of Managements. They have represented schools in most of the high-profile cases in the Workplace Relations Commission, Circuit and High Courts. The Team is renowned for offering practical solution-based advice. Above all the Team understands the demands and pressures that school leaders encounter on a regular basis.

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