Creative Engagement Wellbeing Project – Assistance’s from Minister McHugh

Minister Joe Mc Hugh works on a Creative Engagement Wellbeing project in Loreto Community School Milford this week.


Helping Hands Program – Maria Garvey

Helping Hands Program – A New Approach

The ‘Helping Hands’ program is about giving teachers access to the world of the silent and often unnoticed 85%. It provides cutting edge knowledge, skills and tools for schools to ensure inclusion, wellbeing and psychological safety of students. It provides teachers with a heat map of relationship dynamics that are hidden in the peer group. Vulnerable students can be identified before problems escalate or complaints are made, facilitating measures that assist them, to be put in place. Rather than another ‘add on’ programme, the software instrument integrates with classroom management and helps to reduce rather than increase teachers’ workload.

Our award-winning program has been developed through rigorous research and is based on international best practice and leading thinking. It combines high-quality professional development for school personnel with an easy-to-use diagnostic tool that accesses underlying relationship dynamics in groups. It can pinpoint students who are already excluded from the peer group, as well as identifying situations where there is a potential for bullying to occur or to escalate.

Teachers can use this new knowledge and software instrument to:

  • prevent bullying
  • intervene early before bullying becomes entrenched
  • develop classroom teams that are welcoming to all
  • build support networks around vulnerable students
  • create conditions that make it safe for students to tell
  • help empower students who are victimised
  • ensure that students who engage in bullying behaviour learn to have appropriate levels of power

The software instrument can also be employed for School Self-Evaluation (SSE). It can yield high-quality data with minimum teacher input required in its design and implementation

The Program

The program consists of:

  • Two 3-hour on-site sessions for School Leaders and Student Support teams


  • Two I-hour online sessions for all school staff (suitable for facilitation during Croke Park Hours)


Dates for follow-up sessions to be confirmed. Additional programs will be provided in response to requests

Unlimited access to the software package is available to schools who adopt the program. Training must be completed in order to access the program.

Cost varies according to school size and is €3 per student. Early adopters’ price of €2 per student applies to all the courses listed above.

For details contact:
Mob: 0863585175

Our remit is to examine and quantify the workload involved with a view to finding possible ways of positively addressing the issues of concern

NAPD is your organisation and its core mission is to support Principals and Deputy Principals in their role as school leaders. Recently the general issue of workload and the overload created in embedding multiple new education initiatives, legislative, administrative and financial changes have been discussed by our members. To this end, NAPD is exploring the issues of workload, recruitment, and retention of school leaders with the blessing of the Minister. Our remit is to examine and quantify the workload involved with a view to finding possible ways of positively addressing the issues of concern.  In this way, we hope to enable Principals and Deputy Principals to focus more on the core business of leading learning and teaching.

In order to collect and collate meaningful accurate data to direct this process, we are working in collaboration with Assistant Professors Dr. Paula Kinnarney and Dr. Jolanta Burke of Maynooth University who have developed a survey for NAPD members. We are aware of how valuable your time is to you so this survey will take no more than 10 to 15 minutes to complete. We respectfully ask you to take the time to complete this survey as the greater the number of respondents the more complete and compelling the data collected. Please click on the link below to complete the survey before 12.30 on Wednesday 8th January;

Thank you for your cooperation.



Important notice for all users of


Dear colleague, after many years of successful development and use of NAPD has decided in partnership with IPPN, to move to a new platform from which to operate. This platform will reside on under the dropdown menu of Sub Seeker, will be known as Sub Seeker and will be run by

In order to facilitate this transition, we are respectfully asking you to register for this service by clicking on the link provided and following the registration link. While will continue to operate until Christmas the portal will be withdrawn from service before the resumption of school in January 2020.

Please be advised that while the substitution service will now be provided on a different digital platform and by a different provider, it will continue to be a free service to both schools and substitute teachers. The new system will operate in a similar manner to NAPD and wish to thank all who have made the service a success over the last number of years extend you our best wishes to you for the future. Statistics 05/12/2019
Available substitute teachers 270

Declared as unavailable/in employment this week 392

Total Active in the last week 662

Availability unknown 452

Total Subs/after purge 1114

Total registered sub teachers 2683


Total teaching positions created/and recorded 7148.

Creative Engagement – Image of the Day – Irish Times

Flowering talent Creative Engagement Exhibition

Creative Engagement Exhibition goes to the National Indoor Sports Arena

The National Association of Principals and Deputy Principals (NAPD) today launched its seventh annual Creative Engagement Exhibition in the National Indoor Sports Arena, Abbottstown, Dublin.

The Creative Engagement Exhibition is an arts in education programme that sees schools work with outside artists to develop innovative projects incorporating dance, film, sculpture, music and visual art.  Over 100 schools are participating in this year’s programme.

The Creative Engagement programme is a collaboration between the Department of Education and Skills and the Department of Culture Heritage and the Gaeltacht.  It also receives funding from the Heritage Council.  Senator Marie Louise O’Donnell, a member of the Oireachtas Joint Committee for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, formally launched this year’s exhibition.


7th Annual Creative Engagement Exhibition

NAPD Director Clive Byrne invites you to the opening of The Annual Creative Engagement Exhibition, November 19, 2019 in the National Indoor Sports Arena, Abbottstown, Dublin. The Exhibition will be opened formally by Senator Marie Louise O’Donnell at 2pm The Exhibition is open from 10am – 4pm  

NAPD Conference Press Release

‘The next emergency in education will be a shortage of school principals’ – NAPD President

  • NAPD Annual Conference opens in The Lyrath Hotel, Kilkenny today, Thursday, 17 October
  • 600 secondary school leaders to discuss how our education system can progress and adapt to new regulations and a persistent lack of adequate financial resourcing from Government
  • Key speakers to include Dutch psychologist Professor Mark van Vugt and Dr. Anne Bamford, an international expert in the education of the arts
  • Conference to demo new ‘digital classroom’
  • NAPD comment: “There is an issue with the recruitment and retention of our school leaders. There are too few applicants for the position of principal, and we cannot ignore this.” 

A shortage of school principals will be the next crisis facing the Irish education system, according to Kieran Golden, President of the National Association of Principals and Deputy Principals (NAPD). 

According to Mr Golden: “There is a significant issue with the recruitment and retention of our school leaders.  There are too few applicants for the position of principal, and we cannot ignore this.  We need to take serious notice of the impact of an ever-expanding workload on the welfare of our school leaders.”

To alleviate this growing workload, the NAPD is asking for the allocation of additional deputy principal posts and clerical staff posts based on an incremental sliding scale rather than a clinical cut-off point of 700 pupils, which takes no account of the wider context of the school.

Mr Golden will deliver a keynote speech at the Annual Conference of the National Association of Principals and Deputy Principals, opening in Kilkenny today (Thursday).

The theme of this year’s conference is ‘An Bradán Feasa – Essential Knowledge for Today’s School Leaders’ and it will explore how our second-level education system must adapt to the key issues of education funding, recruitment and retention challenges, The Student & Parent Charter, curriculum changes, GDPR, and technology.

Over 600 principals and deputy principals are expected to attend the two-day conference, which commences at Kilkenny’s Lyrath Hotel from 10am today.  Minister for Education and Skills Joe McHugh TD will make an address on Friday morning.

The conference programme includes a number of leading Irish and international educational experts and business leaders who will debate and present on the challenges facing our current education system and the innovative ways in which these issues can be overcome.

Digital classroom

Students from Le Chéile Secondary School, Tyrellstown will showcase a model of digital classroom, highlighting the latest innovations in digital education. This includes lessons in coding, digital skills, maths, business, music, geography and virtual field trips.  The classroom will be an example of how IT can be used to enhance digital learning in the classroom and can be achieved using either Apple, Microsoft or Google technology.

Key-note presentations include:

  • ‘Making the implicit explicit – bringing the learning home’
    • Tomás O’Ruairc, Director of the Teaching Council
  • ‘Follow the Leader – but at what cost? – Models of Leadership in human and non-human societies’
    • Dutch academic and evolutionary psychologist, Professor Mark van Vugt
  • ‘The How Factor: Ensuring culture and art education for all students’
    • International expert in the arts, education, emerging literacies, and visual communication, Dr Anne Bamford

Other key areas to be examined over the course of the conference include:

  • The renewed importance of arts education at second level
  • The adoption and roll out of the new Student & Parent Charter

Commenting ahead of the conference, National Director of the NAPD, Clive Byrne, said:

“We look forward to welcoming NAPD members to Kilkenny today for our Annual Conference.  The conference comes at a time where the education system is coming under increasing strain due to a growing student population and the need for parallel Government investment.

“For example, while Budget 2020 was, on balance, received as a positive Budget for education, the provision of 150 new mainstream teaching posts will have little impact on Ireland’s growing student-teacher ratios.      

“We are also hoping to address many of the more complex issues that our principals face day-to-day in our schools, such as the interaction between school management, parents and teachers, GDPR, and the challenge and opportunities that come with keeping pace with new technologies.

“Despite these challenges, our second-level education system has adapted. Many schools have successfully rolled out Physical Education as a Leaving Certificate subject and many more have embedded Computer Education within our curriculum. With increased funding, we will be able to implement these changes nationally in due course.  However, we are currently a considerable distance away from making this happen.” 



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Allianz – Weather Warning and Tips

Storm Lorenzo is likely to hit Ireland on Thursday. Although it is not possible at this time to predict the magnitude of this storm when it does hit, it is always a good idea to be prepared. To assist with this, we refer you to Allianz website to view tips on preventing Storm and Flood damage to your School


We have also detailed the steps to take in the event of such damage occuring:


  1. Please contact the Allianz claims team and quote your policy number.

Property Claims Dept. – Phone No (01)6133377


Allianz will appoint a loss adjuster to visit the property as soon as possible.


  1. If it is safe to do so, remove any undamaged property to prevent further loss.


  1. Obtain estimates for repair or replacement as soon as possible


If you need any further information, please contact the Allianz Support Team at 01 6133966, your Local Allianz Representative or you Insurance Intermediary.