Tá fáilte romhat chuig suíomh Ceannaireachta an tSeirbhís um Fhorbairt Gairmiúil do Mhúinteoirí.


Please access the following brochure for an overview of the supports provided by the PDST Post Primary Leadership team.






The current situation in relation to the COVID 19 virus is a particular challenge for school leaders. Although school contexts are different, there are some key themes for school leaders during this time which are brought into focus in the categories below. The PDST Leadership Team has compiled a suite of information and supports that may be useful to school leaders during the current period. These pages can be used to help support and develop the thinking of school leaders at this time and will continue to be developed over the coming period.


The PDST Leadership Team advocates a whole school approach to dealing with the current challenges. In particular, in supporting Continuity of Learning, school leaders will need regular engagement with their management team and their staff to be able to support pupils effectively. The support of the Continuity of Learning is an important professional contribution by teachers during this period of national challenge.


The PDST Leadership Team continues to provide support and guidance to school leaders through this period.




Click the buttons below to access guidance specifically designed to support School Leadership teams during school closures. 




8 January 2021: COVID-19: Update for Parents on the resumption of Home Tuition from Monday 11th January 2021


7 January 2021: Minister Foley confirms that schools will remain closed to students


November 2020: Guidance on Emergency Remote Teaching and Learning in a COVID-19 Context


3 November 2020: (Circular 0074/2020) Arrangements for schools to have in place appropriate contingency measures to ensure that schools are prepared to continue to support teaching and learning in the event of a partial or full closure of schools arising from Public Health advice


8 October 2020: Guidance on Remote Learning in a COVID-19 Context: September – December 2020​


7 August 2020 (Updated 21th August): Update on Reopening Our Schools: The Roadmap for the Full Return to School


27 July 2020: Roadmap for the full return to school​


17 June 2020 (Circular 0041/2020): Arrangements for the Inspection and School Self-Evaluation for the 2020/2021 School Year​


15 May 2020: Important Information for school staff accessing schools on the 18th May 2020


8 May 2020: Minister announces postponement of 2020 Leaving Certificate examinations


05 May 2020: Supporting the Wellbeing of Post-primary Students


29 April 2020: Minister McHugh announces revised arrangements for Junior Cycle 2020


22 April 2020: Guidance on Continuity of Schooling: Supporting students at risk of educational disadvantage for post-primary schools


22 April 2020: Guidance on Continuity of Schooling: Supporting Students with Special Educational Needs for post-primary schools


02 April: Guidance on continuity of schooling for primary and post-primary schools


01 April: Important information regarding school administration issues during the current public health emergency


01 April: Minister McHugh announces contingency plans for temporary assignment arrangements for education and training sector staff


26 March: Government confirms continued funding for Schools Meals Programme


25 MarchLetter to principals and teachers regarding continuity of teaching and learning


24 March: Covid-19 Statement from the Department of Education and Skills


National Educational Psychological Service (NEPS): A Guide for Parents on supporting children and young people with daily routines while schools are closed



All Covid-19 Related Updates are available at www.education.ie/covid19

All recent Department of Education and Skills circulars are available here. 





Please note that TeacherCPD.ie have developed a great resource specifically to support teachers in Irish schools that have been closed because of COVID-19.

The course is currently open and available to all teachers and guests, closing at 5pm on 26th June, 2020. Study time approximately one hour. Enrolment and certification are not available. A good broadband connection is required.

Link to TeacherCPD.ie https://bit.ly/TeachOnle




PDST School Leadership (post-primary) provides professional learning opportunitites for practising school leaders. In our role supporting school leaders in Irish post-primary schools we offer the following programmes:



Misneach is a programme of induction for newly-appointed principals designed to support principals and acting principals in effectively leading their schools during the first two years in the position. It empowers principals to focus on the key role of leading learning in their schools under the domains of the Quality Framework.


Tánaiste is a programme of induction for newly appointed deputy principals and acting deputy principals. It offers participants support in key areas of school leadership. It examines factors which impact on the school’s learning culture drawing upon Looking at our School 2016.


Forbairt is a capacity building programme for experienced school leaders. It focuses on identifying and developing the leadership skills and knowledge needed to respond to identified priorities. The dynamic of Principal, Deputy Principal and Teacher Leaders working together as a team promotes the development of distributed and middle leadership which is a key element of Goal 3 of the Action Plan for Education. The Action Learning Networks promote cluster building between schools

Comhar: Middle Leaders Programme

The PDST Middle Leadership programme consists of a series of leadership development workshops for Middle Leadership (Assistant Principal I and Assistant Principal II) for both primary and post-primary schools.


Líonraí are affiliation networks for Deputy Principals which promote personal as well as group development. Sessions explore current leadership issues, facilitate professional learning and share good practice. They also develop the tenets of distributed leadership as envisaged in the Action Plan for Education.


The PDST Leadership team use the Leadership and Management Domain in Looking at Our School (2016) to gauge the most appropriate supports and experiences needed to advance the skillsets of school leaders. This framework allows for professional reflection and will underpin professional development into the future.



Also informing all our programmes are five key principles of leadership, developed by Irish school leaders in 2005:


Additional Personal Support

Our experienced PDST school leadership team offers personalised support to principals as professional challenges arise in their own school context or in the areas of staff development and performance issues. Assistance is also provided to promote school development planning with particular reference to the organisational policies.


The PDST School Leadership team wishes you every success in your work and looks forward to meeting many of you on our programmes in the coming year.