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Programme for Aspiring Leaders

The Department of Education & Skills and the Centre for School Leadership have announced a new Post-Graduate Diploma in School Leadership (PDSL) for aspiring school leaders which will be jointly awarded by UL, NUIG, UCD with additional academic support by WIT.
Applications are also invited for posts as Tutors on the new course.
For details click below 

Student Enterprise Programme

The Student Enterprise Programme for second level schools is the biggest enterprise  competition for students in student enterpriseIreland.   It helps students to grasp real life skills associated with running a real enterprise, working as part of a team, managing production and finances, organising a sales and marketing campaign and liaising directly with customers, judges and the media.   Teacher Resource packs are available free.
For more information click on


Leader Bulletin February 2017

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Standard School Year Breaks

DES Circular 09/2017 gives details of the agreed Standard Breaks at schoolbreaks2017-2020

Christmas, Easter and Mid-Term for next three school years 2017 / 2020


DEIS Plan 2017 Launched

The Minister for Education & Skills launched the DEIS Plan 2017 on DES
Monday, 13 February.
The Plan identifies over 100 actions to tackle educational disadvantage.   These include

  • Mandatory book Rental Scheme from September 2017
  • Access to a dedicated Career Guidance Counsellor
  • Establishment of a DEIS Development Unit within the Department
  • Appointment of an additional 10 NEPS Psychologists

 For full details of the Plan click here


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