Supporting Staff



Consider how leadership can effectively support staff during the current period


  • Ensure communication includes all members of staff and staff are clear on the expectations of them and the requirements during this period

  • Consider your approach to the wellbeing of staff in managing both communication structures and the continuity of learning

  • Consider the benefits of a regular check in with staff to ensure you understand the context and capacity of each member of staff

  • Routine is a key consideration here is there a clear scheduled line of communication and updates to staff bringing them up to speed on developments.

  • Is there an awareness of the  staff’s capacity to engage with continuity of learning and communication?


Consider the decision making structures within the school community 


  • Do you have a way of communicating with your Deputy Principal and post holders to consider key decisions and key communication?

  • Do you have a way of communicating with your Board of Management to consider key decisions and key communications?

  • Consider the benefits of building capacity for the Deputy Principal to be able to deputise for the School Principal during the current period. What will they need to know? 

  • List key information that the Deputy Principal needs to deputise effectively during this period.

  • Is the structure being developed to deal with the emergency clearly outlined and understood

  • Can Personnel step into roles in the event of team members being unavailable


Consider the building capacity of staff to support the continuity of learning

  • Is there a structure in place to develop staff capacity in the use of some of the new distance learning technologies.

  • Have staff access to support if they are having an issue with some element of the practise


Click on the images and links below to find out more about the various platforms and their online features that can be used to help build capacity among staff. 

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On this page you will find a selection of video tutorials from the PDST Digital Technologies team showing a range of online tools which can be used to support teaching, learning and assessment.  These tools have been selected as they can also support distance learning.