Tánaiste - 2020/2021


Tánaiste is a one year professional development programme for Newly Appointed Deputy Principals developed by the Professional Development Service for Teachers (PDST). 


It is a leadership capacity building programme which both supports and challenges participants by building the knowledge, skills and attitudes necessary for leading and managing Irish Primary Schools. Many relevant themes will be addressed and discussed with valuable opportunities provided to voice concerns, seek reassurance and share experiences with other newly appointed deputy principals.


These themes include:


  • The Role of Deputy Principal 

  • Leading Learning

  • Leading People

  • Leading Inclusion


Professional sustainability in the role is promoted throughout Tánaiste in the context of shared communities of practice and peer networking support. The programme is closely aligned to the dimensions, domains and standards of Looking at Our School 2016.


The concept of a shared leadership approach will be explored with both the Principal and Deputy Principal through two online engagements. 


A community of practice will be built at the end of this programme in collaboration with IPPN (Irish Primary Principals Network) and the ESCI (Education Support Centres Ireland)


The programme consists of six seminars: 



Two day event

24th and 25th August 2021


Online Module with Principal 

Early November 2021


One day event

Mid November 2021


One day event

January 2022


Online Module with Principal

February 2022


One day event

May 2022


All newly -appointed deputy primary school principals employed in state funded and inspected primary schools are eligible. Newly appointed is defined as appointed during the previous year. 

Teachers acting-up as deputy principal should contact the leadership administrator in Clare Education Centre. Contact Linda Hogan at [email protected]