NAPD Learning and Teaching Workshops 2019 – 2020

Mike Hughes and Graham Powell are back again for another year 

*** Please note places are limited and will be filled on a first come basis, with a max of 4 participants per school. It is preferable, but not essential, that new schools to the programme include the Principal or Deputy Principal.***

About Graham Powell 

Graham first presented to NAPD Conference in 2012.  Since then he has conducted multiple series of Learning & Teaching workshops for NAPD across the country, involving Principals, Deputies and teachers from hundreds of schools.

Graham has also been working directly with schools, individually and clustered, throughout Ireland for the past seven years.  He is the initiator, with Guy Claxton, of The Learning Power Approach which is a pedagogical formula which aims to develop all students as confident and capable learners – ready, willing, and able to choose, design, research, pursue, troubleshoot, and evaluate learning for themselves, alone and with others, in school and out.

Their new book – titled Powering Up Students – on what this means across the curriculum in secondary schools will be published in June 2019.

Graham’s workshops are engaging, practical and interactive; they have led to radical changes in classroom practice, with many Irish schools working collaboratively to enhance the professional development of teachers and ultimately to improve learning experiences for students.

About Mike Hughes

Mike made his first presentation to NAPD Conference in 2013.  In the time since, he has conducted annual series of Learning & Teaching workshops for NAPD nationally, involving Principals, Deputies and teachers from hundreds of schools. Mike also works with individual schools, clusters of schools and groups in different ETBs and regions.

Mike is a prolific author of many celebrated education books – among the best known are Tweak to Transform, The Main Thing is Learning, A Policy for Learning and The Magenta Principles.  His Irish Magenta Principles –Na Proinsabail Maigeanta, written for an Irish context, with case studies and 100+ examples of lessons devised by teachers in Irish classrooms, was launched at NAPD Conference in October 2018.

Workshops, which are practical and challenging, are based on the core Magenta principle that in order to make sense of information students have to do something to/with it.  The term Magenta Principles has become part of the vocabulary in many schools and is now regularly referenced in WSE Reports.


Strand 1 –Mike Hughes – New Participants

Series of 3 workshops offered in  3 locations

Workshop 1 Workshop 2 Workshop 3
Galway 12 November 2019 21 January 2020 3 March 2020
Kilkenny 14 November 2019 22 January 2020 4 March 2020
Dublin 15 November 2019 23 January 2020 5 Mach 2020


Strand 2 –Mike Hughes – Continuing Participants (will have attended a series of Hughes workshops previously)

One workshop with a choice of location, Kilkenny or Dublin – places limited, filled strictly first-come basis 

One workshop
Kilkenny Wed 13 November 2019
Dublin Fri 29 November 2019



Strand 3 – Graham Powell – New Participants

Series of 3 workshops offered in 2 locations 

Workshop 1 Workshop 2 Workshop 3
Cork 26 November 2019 5 February 2020 24 March 2020
Portlaoise 28 November 2019 6 February 2020 26 March 2020


Strand 4 – Graham Powell – Continuing Participants (will have attended a series of Powell workshops previously) 

Series of 2 workshops offered in 1 location

Workshop 1 Workshop 2
Portlaoise 27 November 2019 25 March 2020


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