NAPD Annual Conference 2019 – Registration Now Open!!

Colleagues, we have now opened up our registration for the NAPD Annual Conference, which this year will take place in The Lyrath Hotel, Kilkenny.

Please see links below for both the Registration form and also for the accommodation form and details.

https://napdconference.wordpress.com/register/ or click here: Conference Forms 2019

https://napdconference.wordpress.com/accommodation/ or click here: Accommodation Form 2019

We are currently updating the schedule of events and our website www.napdconference.com.

If you have any queries please contact the NAPD Head Office.

 

 

 

 

NAPD R Pre-Retirement Seminar Monday 8th April 2019

NAPD Pre-Retirement Seminar for Principals and Deputy Principals

Education Centre, Athlone

Monday 8th April 2019     2pm – 4.00pm

Programme

2:00 p.m.      Welcome and Introductions

Ciarán  McCormack, (Chair, NAPD-R)

Clive Byrne (Director)

2:05 p.m.      President Active Retirement Ireland  Kay Murphy

2:20 p.m.     Tax efficient drawdown of  retirement benefits Conor Johnston, Cornmarket

 3:00 p.m.     Pensions; your Retirement

  • DES Pensions Section Spokesperson on Voluntary Secondary & C & C Pensions.
  • DES Pensions Section Spokesperson on ETB Pensions.

3:45 p.m.     Tea/coffee

If you wish to book a place at the seminar please send an email to napdr@napd.ie giving your name and school.  Please use a personal rather than a school email address.

NOTE: Colleagues who have previously indicated an interest in this seminar should also book a place by replying.

Introducing StudentLife Careers , a new initiative available to teachers and students with the support of the National Association of Principals & Deputy Principals (NAPD)

Introducing StudentLife Careers , a new initiative available to teachers and students in their own classrooms in self-directed career planning with the support of the National Association of Principals & Deputy Principals (NAPD)

The Minister for Finance and Public Expenditure and Reform, Paschal Donohoe, T.D., recently launched StudentLife Careers at Northern Trust in Dublin.

With an ever-evolving jobs market and a growing certainty that artificial intelligence and other technological developments will subsume millions of existing roles, while creating many others that we don’t even know about yet, it is increasingly challenging to help students prepare for the world of work and to offer sound advice as they try to make suitable education and training choices. StudentLife Careers provides students with unprecedented access to critical insights into current roles and possible future career paths.

Speaking at the launch, Minister Donohoe said: “Assisting our young people in making the decisions that have the potential to shape their future is key to helping them reach their full potential and achieve their goals. This initiative gives our student population the power to make more informed choices and ensures that they have access to the tools and information upon which they can base well-informed critical career decisions. That resources are available to every senior cycle second level student and are updated regularly to ensure relevancy is essential to ensuing greater equality of opportunity for our children. The fusion of industry and education in this way, through StudentLife Careers, makes a hugely valuable contribution to our students. I would like to pay tribute to all at StudentLife Careers, for the valuable work they do and in particular to Rita Kelly, founder and CEO.”

Addressing the Launch, Clive Byrne, Executive Director, the National Association of Principals and Deputies (NAPD), stated “Student Life Careers will help our senior cycle students in 4th, 5th and 6th year explore a host of career choices. The ability to readily access these resources will focus an independent exploration of work and career options. The materials will suggest ideas, plant seeds for further examination and will create an open inquisitive mindset to reveal a range of career options for consideration”

Founder and CEO of StudentLife Careers, Rita Kelly, said: “This is a fantastic opportunity for students to explore career options through the multimedia packages being created. Proving access for students to conduct their own research will allow young people to form their own views. This is particularly important given that expert analysts predict that 60% of the roles available 10 years from now will be completely new compared to today’s jobs market. All of the data underline however, that employers will require today’s students to be adaptable, entrepreneurial, digitally-literate, resilient, and committed to lifelong learning

StudentLife Careers spans a whole array of roles – from STEM-related industries to start-ups & Agri business, while enabling access to role models – all combining to build links between what students are studying in school and what their post-school futures might look like.

How it works

Log on to the NAPD website and download whichever StudentLife Careers video you are interested in showing to your class. We are delighted to bring you the first seven videos today and will have a further five for you in September. – Please click on the company below to avail of the video.

For more information on StudentLife Careers visit www.slcareers.ie or contact Rita Kelly, Chief Executive at info@slcareers.com Phone: 01 4013 868 Mobile 087 1307 555

Available today:              

Pfizer – Pharmaceutical sector

Defence Forces – Multi career opportunities

Dublin Airport Authority – 5,000 staff, Aviation & business

PepsiCo – STEM

Accenture – Consultancy & Management 

P.R.S.A. – Property sector 

Northern Trust – Investment Banking

Coming in September:

Coillite – Forestry

Gardai Siochana

Dropbox – Technology

Insurance Institute – Insurance sector

BOI – Banking sector

Apprenticeships

College options

 

 

 

NAPD Further Education and Training Committee Symposium 2nd April 2019

NAPD Further Education and Training Symposium 2019

“Towards the FET College of the Future”

Symposium Chair – Mr John Walshe

 

9:00    Registration

9:30    Conference Opening

Mr Kieran Golden, President of NAPD

Dr Rory O’Sullivan, Chair of NAPD FET Committee

10:00  Session 1 – An Irish Perspective

Ms Carol Hanney, Chief Executive, City of Dublin ETB

Mr Andrew Brownlee, Executive Director, SOLAS

10:30  Open Discussion

11:15  Health break

11:45  Session 2 – An International Perspective

Dr Justin Rami, Director of the Further Education and Training Research Centre, Institute of Education, DCU

12:00  Symposium discussion – John Walsh

1:00    Rapporteur: Dr Anne Looney, Executive Dean Institute of Education, DCU

1:30    Finish – Light Lunch

New Research Report – 76% of students want a continuous assessment for the Leaving Certificate

76% of students want a continuous assessment for the Leaving Certificate,

according to new research report

 

  • But 78% of principals, deputy principals and teachers do not support the practice of a teacher correcting their own students’ exams
  • Only 4% of students feel the Leaving Certificate is fair and is an accurate assessment of their knowledge and skills
  • Less than half of parents feel that Leaving Certificate adequately prepares their children for third level education
  • “It [the Leaving Certificate] can be a really important and useful stepping stone, in particular for people who have academic aptitudes, and when it comes at the right time in their life. But it doesn’t assess everything” – Professor Philip Nolan, Maynooth University

A new research report on the future of the Leaving Certificate was published today (Monday), January 7th, by the National Association of Principals and Deputy Principals (NAPD). The report entitled ‘Senior Cycle Reform – What do you want?’ surveys the attitudes and views of students, parents, teachers and principals on the Leaving Certificate and its’ future reform.

Key findings include:

  • 97% of parents want reform, compared to 65% of principals, deputy principals & teachers.
  • 79% of students do not feel that the current senior cycle programme encourages active learning methodologies
  • 28% of principals, deputy principals & teachers, 4% of students and 15% of parents feel the Leaving Certificate is fair and accurately assesses students.
  • Students are the only group who would support a teacher correcting their own students’ assessment (51%) compared to 30% and 22% of parents and principals, deputy principals & teachers respectively.

Speaking about the research, NAPD Director Clive Byrne said, “This publication is the result of four months of comprehensive research and information gathering. Initially, it was quite unsettling to see that only 4% of students and 28% of principals, deputy principals and teachers feel that the Leaving Certificate in its current format is fair and accurately assesses students.

However, and more importantly, what it also points to is a huge appetite for a change amongst all stakeholders. For example, 76% of students support a move towards continuous assessment. While almost one in four of all principals, deputy principals and teachers support the concept.

The report’s research is also bolstered by personal contributions from opinion leaders in the third level and business community including Professor Philip Nolan, President of Maynooth University, Barry Napier CEO Cubic Telecoms, Rose Mary Hogan Head of Graduate Programme in Glanbia and Lewis Purser Director of the Irish University Association.

Speaking about the importance of education, Professor Nolan states in the report, “Education should stimulate this sense of a joy in learning, a curiosity to find out new things, an openness to thinking differently, and an openness to admitting you might have been incorrect in the past and have learned something new now. That love of learning, curiosity, a confidence in your capability, an openness to learning and thinking differently, are the most valuable things to take from time spent in education, and an important thing for both students and teachers to focus on.”

There are many variances in responses between each group. For example, only 22% of principals, deputy principals and teachers support the practice of correcting their own students’ work, with many having concerns that a teacher would be biased against a student. That number increases to 30% of parents who would support such a change, and 51% of students. However, when it comes to reform, the numbers are striking, with 65% of principals, deputy principals and teachers wanting reform in its entirety, 78% of students wishing to move away from one final exam, or allow other factors to be included, and a massive 97% of parents supporting reform.

Oisín Hassan, Vice President of Academic Affairs in the Union of Students in Ireland, whose members also participated in the research, commented on the findings:

“Almost 700 USI members engaged in this research project. They are currently completing the Leaving Certificate or have done so within the last five years and have very strong opinions on how the examination needs to be reformed. For a large majority they do not believe that the current system is fit for purpose or meets their needs and the challenges they face outside of education.

There has been much talk about reform of the Leaving Certificate for many years. Yet each year another class completes the exam without any meaningful change occurring. Relying on just one single exam to determine the work of each student across all their years in second level education is unfair on students. It needs to change.  We need to move beyond just talking about reform to actively embracing it. I am hopeful this research will help to accelerate this process”, added Mr. Hassan.

In response to the report’s findings the NAPD has set out three key recommendations to support senior cycle reform. These are:

 

  1. The establishment of a new Citizens Assembly Education Forum bringing together all stakeholders to fast-track the senior cycle reform process;
  2. The inclusion of an additional practical component as part of the Leaving Certificate examination assessment process; and
  3. To ensure equality for all – ringfence funding for traineeships and apprenticeships to ensure the Leaving Certificate is not largely focused on further and / or higher education.


Discussing their recommendations, Mr. Byrne said, “The three recommendations as laid out in our report, are realistic, achievable and most importantly, will modernise our education system which has fallen behind the technological advancements in all other sectors. We have no doubt that many resources, funding, training, and hours of planning and dedication are needed to accomplish any reform, but it must be prioritised by both Minister McHugh and the National Council for Curriculum and Assessment.”

 

“What is important about senior cycle reform is that the conversation is starting, people recognise change is needed, and people are starting to think about practical solutions. We have seen small changes over recent years with the introduction of the new subjects such as Politics and Society or the recent two-day extension to the Leaving Certificate timetable to ease pressure on students.

However, we need more than small steps. We in the NAPD want to lead the voice for change, and to ensure this critical conversation continues”, Mr. Byrne concluded.

 

ENDS

Download PDF Version of the Senior Cycle Reform – What do you want? Report here

Notes to editor:

The National Association of Principals and Deputy Principals (NAPD) is the professional association for secondary level school leaders in Ireland. 

 

For media queries contact;

Danny Hanley, PR360, 01 637 1777 / 086 175 9286 / danny@pr360.ie  

Amanda Glancy, PR360 01 6371777 / 087 2273108 / amanda@pr360.ie 

 

Spokespeople include

 

Clive Byrne, Director NAPD

Kieran Golden, President NAPD

Mary Keane, Former President NAPD

 

‘Online shaming’ the latest topic to be tackled by Tabú, the probing TG4 documentary series

‘Online shaming’ the latest topic to be tackled by Tabú,

the probing TG4 documentary series

 

  • Episode 6 in Tabú airs on Wednesday 12th December at 9.30pm on TG4 and features range of personal stories from those who have been ‘shamed’ online
  • A range of cyber-security experts and commentators also take part

What happens when someone becomes the target and victim of online shaming? Why does ‘shame’ have such a traumatic impact on our consciousness? The latest episode of the Tabú series on TG4 delves into the area of ‘online shaming’ and examines the effect it can have on ordinary people.

In TG4’s Tabú: Náire online influencer, blogger and presenter Ciara Ní É explores the sensitive and traumatic stories of those who have been victims of online abuse and extortion and how it has affected them.

Contributors to the series include:

  • Mary O’Donnell, a beautician from Tralee, appeared on The Today Show A video of the clip went viral and received over a million views online after she had a mishap on live television while applying eyeliner to a model.
  • In 2017 Peter Hynes, a dairy farmer from Aherla in Cork, won Farmer of the Year. He and his wife Paula joined Twitter and soon afterwards they started to receive a torrent of abuse from online vegan shamers.
  • Dubliner Jackie Fox shares her heart-breaking story of her daughter, Nicole, who was the victim of online bullying. In January of this year, Nicole took her own life. Now Jackie is campaigning to bring in “Coco’s Law” in memory of her daughter as she wants the law to be changed to make it harassment online an offense.
  • A range of male and female victims who have suffered from sextortion, online bullying and shaming.

Expert contributors include:

  • Stefanie Preissner, Writer and broadcaster
  • Michael Gubbins, Detective Superintendent, Garda National Cyber Crime Bureau
  • Nicola Fox Hamilton, Cyber-psychologist
  • Joanna Fortune, Clinical Psychotherapist specialising in child & adolescent Psychotherapy
  • Paul Dwyer, CEO of European Cyber Surveillance

 

Promos for the show are here:

01 STEFANIE PREISSNER CLIP – YOUTUBE
https://youtu.be/H-8DOU0BcP8

06 GENERAL CLIP – YOUTUBE
https://youtu.be/ls7DTuNCgSk

High resolution images are available here http://www.midasproductions.ie/naire/

About Tabú:

Tabú is a series of standalone hour-long documentaries which deals with topics from Random Acts of Violence to Online Shaming, from Rural Decline to Domestic Abuse.

Contributors discuss their experiences and explore how these events, beyond their own control, have changed their lives forever. As well as delving into the issues, the contributors attempt to understand what compels people to act in such ways.

These poignant, and often thought-provoking, films encourage the viewer to reflect on the subject matter and consider the effects on our society.

Midas Productions, a leading factual television production company based in Dublin, is dedicated to creating thought-provoking, entertaining, challenging and informative television programming. Past productions have included 13,000,000,000 miles from Birr (RTÉ), Asking For It (RTÉ2), Fir Marú agus Grá (TG4), and The Joy (TV3).

For further media information, please contact:

Unique Media

Breda Brown or Catherine Quinn

Tel: 01 522 5200 / 086 863 2182 (CQ)

Recruitment Opportunity: Deputy Director, NAPD

A recruitment opportunity has arisen within NAPD of a New Deputy Director (The Deputy Director will be appointed for five years on secondment) and we are currently inviting applications. Application forms and a full job description below.

The position of Deputy Director of NAPD is a key leadership position in the work of the Association.

Objects of the Association

The Memorandum of Association outlines the objectives for which NAPD is established:

(a)       To provide a united voice nationally for Principals and Deputy Principals on issues of common concern.

(b)      To promote the interests and welfare of Principals and Deputy Principals through:

 

  • Ensuring that Principals and Deputy Principals are recognised as education partners and are represented as of right on all relevant local, regional and national bodies, both statutory and non- statutory.
  • Ensuring that Principals and Deputy Principals are consulted on all relevant matters and, in particular, on new initiatives which impinge on their roles.
  • Representing the views of Principals and Deputy Principals to the Department of Education and Skills and all other interested groups and relevant bodies.
  • To show leadership in the formulation of educational policy.
  • To promote the professional and personal development of Principals and Deputy Principals.
  • To promote the development of adequate internal school management structures to enable the successful implementation of school policies.
  • To provide support/advice for Principals and Deputy Principals through secretariat and administrative services.
  • To provide appropriate and relevant training.
  • To adopt a pro-active and dynamic approach to developing the international and European dimension in schools.
  • To promote co-operation and reciprocal visits between members of NAPD and Principals and Deputy Principals within Ireland, Europe and the rest of the world.
  • To encourage partnership between Principals and Deputy Principals in all second level schools.

 

Personal Qualities of  the Deputy Director

The successful candidate for the position of  Deputy Director will have:

  • Excellent interpersonal negotiating and communication skills, including a capacity to deal with the media and a working knowledge of Irish
  • A capacity to make sound judgements and take strategic decisions in the best interests of Principals and Deputy Principals
  • Proven leadership, organisational and administrative ability (minimum 5 years experience)
  • A capacity to be energised by an environment with a strong focus on policy.
  • A thorough knowledge of the Irish education system and legislative frameworks
  • The ability to use ICT effectively

 

Role of the Deputy Director

  • To promote and develop the aims and objectives of NAPD
  • To provide an information and advisory services for all members of NAPD
  • To provide particular support for newly-appointed Principals and Deputy Principals
  • To respond to the needs of Principals and Deputy Principals on an on-going basis and to develop policy papers where required
  • To support the Presidents, Director and members of the National Executive in their respective roles
  • To implement, in consultation with the Director, Executive decisions and report back to the National Executive.
  • To carry out other duties as may be determined by the National Executive
  • To liaise with the Department of Education and Skills, other Departments of state as necessary, all the Education Partners and all other relevant bodies, national and international
  • To ensure that the aims and views of the Association are represented in all appropriate fora.
  • To contribute to publications for members
  • To enhance communications between members by supporting the regional structure of the Association
  • To be available to all Committees of NAPD, including NAPD-Retired.
  • To work with the Director in managing the National Office of the Association (located in Dublin)
  • To work with the Director to manage the finances of the Association and prepare for an annual audit
  • To seek sponsorship in co-operation with the Finance Committee

Interview: General Procedures

Shortlisting

Candidates may be shortlisted for interview based on the information submitted on the Application Form

Presentation

Candidates are invited to make a presentation on their vision for NAPD (maximum 10 minutes)

Interview Process

Anything submitted in the Application form or mentioned in the presentation may be discussed in more depth at the interview. (Please note: all relevant information should be submitted on the application form)

Interview Board

An Independent Interview Board consisting of 3 people shall be appointed.  The President of  NAPD will be present as an observer.

 Appointment

The Deputy Director will be appointed for five years on secondment.  This will include a probation period of one year.

Closing Date for Applications is Wednesday 12th December 2018 no later than 1:00pm. This recruitment advertisement can also be found on www.publicjobs.ie

English Job Description

Cur Síos Poist Gaeilge

English Application Form

Foirm Iarratais na hÉireann

Word Format Application Form 

DAS Legal Expenses Insurance Policy

FAO NAPD Members

The policy comes into effect on 1st November 2018 for fully paid up NAPD members.  You can check your status on your personal profile when you log into the members section of the NAPD website.

For members who renew their membership after that date the policy comes into effect two (2) weeks after payment appears on your personal profile.

A review document will be published on the NAPD website shortly and I would ask you to please complete the form should you have occasion to use the services provided.  This will enable NAPD to improve the effectiveness of this indemnity policy in meeting members’ needs.

 

In the normal course of events, when faced with a complex situation Principals and Deputy Principals seek advice from trusted colleagues, fellow NAPD members or NAPD Head Office, Management Bodies, Trustees, Chair (BOM) or their UNION and this policy is not intended to replace any of these avenues of support.

The purpose and scope of this insurance policy is to provide Indemnity for Legal Expenses incurred by NAPD members in the discharge of their professional responsibilities which are not covered by their Employers or Unions or where the Principal/Deputy Principal is not a member of a Union. 

  

These are the key contact numbers:

 LEGAL ADVICE SERVICE:  Call 1850 670 747 (or 01 670 7474)

COUNSELLING:                     Call 1850 670 407 (or 01 881 8047)

Three documents below relating to the DAS Policy

DAS Policy Wording

DAS Legal Expenses Summary

Possible Scenarios 

 

Allianz Weather Warning – Storm Callum is on the Way.

Storm Callum is on its way and may make landfall as early as Thursday night. There is a yellow weather warning currently in place and this may be raised to orange in some regions depending on the level of winds and rainfall with some coastal flooding expected. To assist you to get your school ready for this event, we have included a checklist, some suggested actions for both storm and flood and the actions to be taken in the event of property damage.

 

Storms/Flood

  Checklist

  1. Are all roof slates/tiles, gutters and aerials secure?
  2. Has flashing been checked?
  3. Are gutters and down pipes clear of leaves and other debris?
  4. Are all large trees close to your school maintained – branches trimmed, checked for rot or decay?
  5. Are the grounds clear of loose materials and rubbish?

 

  Suggested Actions

  • Clean out gutters and down pipes of leaves, dirt and debris on a regular basis.
  • Keep trees trimmed to prevent from overhanging on buildings.
  • Regularly check trees which are close enough to fall onto buildings or parking areas. Where warranted have trees trimmed or removed by a qualified tree removal service.
  • Check for broken, damaged or loose tiles and have them repaired where necessary.
  • Check the flashing around skylights, vent pipes and any other projections where a roof covering meets an adjoining surface.
  • Repair any damaged gutters or down pipes and check their supports.
  • Ensure grounds are kept clear of loose materials and rubbish that may blow and cause damage.
  • Raise to higher ground (upstairs or on worktops) furniture, appliances or other items that may be damaged by direct contact with water for an extended period.
  • Move vehicles, valuables or other items to safety.
  • Put sandbags or flood boards in place (remember when the flooding is over to make sure your property is properly ventilated).
  • Plug sinks/baths and put sandbags in all toilet bowls to prevent backflow.
  • If possible clear blocked drains.
  • Be ready to turn off gas and electricity supplies (get help if necessary).
  • Never unplug or disconnect electric appliances or try to turn off the electricity supply if you have to stand in water or on wet floor surface to do so.
  • Don’t enter basements or any rooms if water covers electric cables that are plugged in or if water covers electric outlets.
  • Keep a flash light and spare batteries in an accessible place.
  • If required to do so, exit your property with care as submerged debris could cause you to trip or fall.
  • You can contact a contractor to inspect the roof and if necessary carry out emergency repairs initially.

 

In the event of storm/flood property damage, you can take the following steps:

 

  • Photograph the damage to your property and contents, before any emergency repairs are carried out if possible.
  • Wet or damaged items can be lifted or removed from the building, please do not dispose of any items as we may arrange for an inspection.
  • Leave the heating on to help the property dry out. You can also hire dehumidifiers. When a dehumidifier is on, close your windows. A dehumidifier should be emptied on a regular basis.
  • You can take steps to remove the flood water from your property. In the event of widespread flooding your local council or fire brigade may be able to assist you.
  • Avoid touching any contaminated items, unless wearing suitable gloves.
  • Arrange for an electrician to check the electrics.
  • Unblock any external wall vents. Also check the floor void for flood water. This will need to be cleaned and disinfected.
  • Contact Allianz at 01 6133377 or propertydamage@allianz.ie as soon as possible so that we can commence processing and investigation of your claim.

Statement by Clive Byrne, Director of the National Association of Principals and Deputy Principals on Budget 2019

“There are many welcome elements for our education system outlined by Minister Donohoe in his Budget 2019 speech this afternoon, including a €196 million increase in capital spending, contained within the overall increase of 6.7% in spending on education”, Mr. Byrne said.  

 “New school buildings and the repair and refurbishment of our existing schools is long overdue and now badly needed, particularly at secondary level, so while positive, this level of investment needs to accelerate over coming years”, noted Byrne.

 “The increase of 5% to the capitation grant is positive. Increased capitation is essential to the day-to-day running of our schools and in delivering education to a high standard. School principals have been under increasing pressure to meet both of these challenges in recent years, so anything which reduces this burden is welcome.

 Other key initiatives which will help to future-proof our education system for families, our schools and wider community, include the provision for an additional 1300 posts across the education system, an increase to Back to School allowance of €25, and the ongoing support for developing school leadership roles within our schools.

 Investment in education is vital to Ireland’s broader success, so the NAPD now urges the Government to continue this investment momentum”, concluded Mr. Byrne.

ENDS