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International superpowers in education?


International superpowers in education?  Shanghai, South Korea, Singapore, Hong Kong and Finland of course.  Heard about the the next rising star? The Basque government, with a high degree of autonomy from the Spanish central government, has invested heavily in education.  If the Basque region were ranked as a country, only Denmark and Austria would have higher levels of per-pupil spending in Europe.  It has the hallmarks of many high achievers - with a strong sense of identity and ambition, emerging from conflict and with a need to compete with much bigger neighbours.

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Leader Preview Articles - Graham Powell and Mike Hughes

Learning and Teaching 

NAPD Learning & Teaching Workshops conducted by Graham Powell and Mike Hughes in the current academic year have engaged in the region of 250 teachers from almost 60 schools with ideas around creating more effective learning experiences in our classrooms.  Barry O’Callaghan has written a full report for the Leader, but here we want to give you a flavour of the positive feedback which the workshops received from the participants


Feedback has been hugely positive and it reflects both the need and demand for high quality CPD.  

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Leader Preview Article - Derek West

 Well, the huffing and puffing is over, for the moment at any rate, and we have a brand-new, if precarious, Government installed in Kildare Street.  Richard Bruton and Heather Humphreys form the duo upon whom school leaders will be placing so many hopes. On RTE Radio, Seán O’Rourke interviewed – and challenged - both Ministers, to set out their new stalls, and to respond to some awkward questions.

Richard Bruton  articulated a positive vision: ‘You can’t have a prosperous economy without a fair society’ and he sees education as a very important way of delivering that fairness,  (i) by making it better for the learner in the classroom – especially in disadvantaged areas; (ii) by helping schools and teachers to continually improve what they do; (iii) by building stronger bridges between education and the places where people work. 

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Leader - June 2016

June edition of NAPD Leader Now available to members online.

JCT Wellbeing Secondment Opportunities

The Junior Cycle for Teachers (JCT) support service is now recruiting JCT
for full-time secondment positionsof 
Team Leader and Advisors for the
Wellbeing Team which may arise in the 2016 / 2017 school year.

For further details, job description and application form, see

The closing date for applications is 3.00 pm on Friday, 10th June



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