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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. 

Read more: Leader Preview Article - Derek West

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


Education Passport 2016

 In accordance with circular 0056/2011, all schools should use the Education Passport materials ed passport
developed by the National Council for Curriculum and Assessment (NCCA) when sharing information about 6th class children’s learning. Following enrolment of new 1st year students to your school, the first important step of the Education Passport transfer process is for post-primary principals to send an Information Request form to the primary school. This form can be found at

 In preparation for incoming 1st year students to your schools and to ensure a timely transfer of student’s Education Passports it might be helpful to view our new interactive poster outlining the transfer process. This poster can be found at (or see attached). This poster outlines the steps of transfer involved, responsibilities as well as a suggested timeframe. On our website you will also find a guide for interpreting 6th class report cards as well as further support materials and updated FAQs for post-primary schools.



NAPD represents Principals and Deputy Principals at post-primary level in the Republic of Ireland.

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