NAPD Associate – Mentoring Coordinator

NAPD are currently looking for expressions of interest from recently retired members of NAPD retired to coordinate,

  1. Mentoring for newly appointed Deputy Principals in their first year following appointment,
  2. Group Mentoring for Principals in year 2 following appointment who have completed 1 to 1 mentoring in the previous year with CSL.

Attached are,

  1. A detailed job description for the role,
  2. A copy of the terms of reference for an NAPD associate.

Expressions of interest are to be emailed to paulcrone@napd.ie  or info@napd.ie before 12 noon on Friday 24th of September 2021.

Note:

  • If there are many expressions of interest, it may be necessary to operate some selection procedures that are transparent and fair. This will be done in consultation with the executive committee and with their approval.

NAPD Associate

NAPD Associate – Mentoring coordinator

ARAG 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 ARAG Policy

ARAG Policy Wording

 ARAG Legal Expenses Summary

Possible Scenarios 

CBA key dates document for third and second years 2021/2022

Dear colleagues,

 

I just wanted to let you know that the CBA key dates document for third and second years 2021/2022 is now published and can be accessed from our homepage on ncca.ie or via the ‘Junior Cycle’ tab:

 

https://ncca.ie/en/junior-cycle/assessment-and-reporting/

 

If you’ve any questions, don’t hesitate to get in touch.

 

With best wishes,

 

Aoife

 

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Aoife Rush

Stiúrthóir | Director

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CNCM | An Chomhairle Náisiúnta Curaclaim agus Measúnachta

NCCA | The National Council for Curriculum and Assessment

 

35 Cearnóg Mhic Liam, Baile Átha Cliath, D02 KH36

35 Fitzwilliam Square, Dublin 2, D02 KH36

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M +353 (0)87 952 6140 T +353 (0)1 661 7177

www.ncca.ie

CAO Updates

Dear Guidance Counsellor/Principal,

I hope this email finds you well.

In advance of the CAO offers process, I want to draw your attention to a couple of process changes which may be of interest to those of you supporting a 2021 applicant over the coming weeks.

Unfortunately, each year a number of applicants will omit important information from their applications and neglect to take the opportunities for correction (principally during the statement phase in May). In the event of an applicant discovering that their Leaving Certificate examination number/year and/or their PPSN details are incomplete/incorrect, they will have the opportunity to edit the LC/QQI section of their accounts during the following intervals:

– 7 September at 2pm – 14 September at 11am – applicants can edit their Leaving Certificate examination number from the Qualifications and Assessments section of their application. This data will be updated to their account by noon on 17 September. Supply of correct data at this stage will mean inclusion for consideration by admissions offices for round two.

– 7 September at 2pm – 10 September at 2pm – applicants can edit their QQI examination details (i.e. PPSN) from the Qualifications and Assessments section of their application. This data will be updated to their account by noon on 17 September. Supply of correct data at this stage will mean inclusion for consideration by admissions offices for round two.

If your students/clients have questions for CAO during the offers stage, please encourage them to visit the Have a Question page which has a number of answers to frequently asked questions broken down by category e.g., CAO offers, Editing my account, account access issue, etc. They may also wish to ask the Virtual Assistant for assistance, or alternatively send an email via the Correspondence Section of their account.

The 2022 interactive CAO handbook is now available at www.cao.ie/handbook

This online version has been introduced in place of the traditional printed version. The interactive version will offer applicants a more user-friendly set of instructions, with live links to additional resources (for example the demo application form, video guides for each specific section, links to important sections of the CAO website and so on).

We have printed a small quantity of CAO handbooks for distribution to guidance counsellors and principals – you can expect to receive this combined CAO HEAR DARE mailing in mid-September. This mailing will contain the usual HEAR DARE literature, and 5 copies of the CAO Handbook, as well as some posters promoting the Important Dates and the Online Handbook.

Yours sincerely,
Eileen Keleghan
Communications Officer

Epidemiological Review of Schools August 2020 to July 2021 – HSE Report

Link below to the report published by the HSE showing the Covid-19 data related to schools for the period from August 2020 to end July 2021.

 

https://www.hse.ie/eng/services/news/newsfeatures/covid19-updates/epidemiological-review-of-schools-august-2020-to-july-2021.pdf

NAPD Annual Conference October 2021 – Online – Registration Open

**Conference Registration Now Open**

Once again this year, the NAPD Conference will take place online through the platform Hopin. We hope that this will be our last online conference and that we can all be together once again next year.

  • Please note that you must be a Fully Paid member of the NAPD to attend the Annual Conference 2021/2022
  • A Membership invoice for 2021/2022 will be issued automatically once you register for the conference if you are a non-member
  • Registration is for ONE Delegate Only, if two, three, or four would like to attend from one school, registration is needed for each             individual and cannot be shared
  • Your invoice(s) will be issued to the Accounts Department Email you have provided
  • Registration cost for Members €95
  • Registration cost for Non Members €125

Further information of conference will be issued in our upcoming Leader, which will be issued to all schools in September.

You can register now for the conference through this link: https://forms.gle/NCdHtFBheh7X2Dkh9

 

Membership Registration 2021 2022

We are delighted to let you all know that the NAPD Membership Registration/Renewal is now open.

Benefits of becoming an NAPD Member:

  • The only professional association to represent all post-primary principals and deputy principals
  • A major voice in Irish Education with The Department of Education and Skills, IPPN, Management Bodies, NCSE, NCCA, Teaching Council, Teacher Unions, College Awareness Week, BeLonGTo
  • Access to ARAG (formally DAS), the insurance company who provide Legal Advice and Legal Fees Indemnity
  • Key Contributing partner with the Centre for School Leadership (CSL)
  • Mentoring through the NAPD Local Support Service
  • Full Access to the NAPD Website, Very Useful Guide and the monthly Bulletin
  • Eligibility to attend the Annual Conference and Regional Branch Meetings
  • Dedicated specialist sub-committees and working groups, including Further Education & Training
  • Access to Leading 4 Learning Workshops
  • Access to arts-in-education funding through Creative Engagement
  • Free Quarterly Journal – NAPD Leader
  • Discounts for NAPD Publications
  • Pre-retirement advice and access to NAPD-Retired

We would also encourage more Electronic Transfers this term if this is possible with your school. Cheques will still be accepted.

You can complete the membership online or you can download the membership form to complete.

Soft Copy Correspondence to be sent to:
info@napd.ie with Membership 2021/2022 in the subject line

We also need to regrettably advise in the light of current health advice and to ensure the safety of members, NAPD Annual Conference will take place online in October.

If you would like to register/renew your membership please complete the online form https://forms.gle/VQ1Q7WnN7aJg42Em7  or you can download the PDF format Membership-and-ARAG Form complete and post/email back.

Best wishes to you all, Stay Safe Stay Well.

Kind regards,

NAPD Head Office

“Well rounded, resilient and compassionate” class of 2021 wished well by school leaders as Leaving Cert exams begin

“Well rounded, resilient and compassionate” class of 2021 wished well by school leaders as Leaving Cert exams begin

  • “The class of 2021 will go down in the history books as one which faced and overcame unprecedented challenges due to Covid-19. School leaders, teachers, their families and their peers are immensely proud of their achievements thus far and we wish them every success in their exams and all their future endeavours.” – Clive Byrne, Director, National Association of Principals and Deputy Principals;
  • The Senior Cycle this year’s 6th Years have experienced has been far from typical with school closures, remote learning and social distancing challenges faced and overcome in the past 14 months;
  • School leaders encourage students to believe in their ability, avoid the points “rat race” and remember the multiple pathways to their chosen career that lay ahead.

Clive Byrne, Director, National Association of Principals and Deputy Principals (NAPD) has wished the 52,000* students beginning their Leaving Certificate written exams today, Wednesday, 9 June, well. Commenting on the exams, he said:

“On behalf of all school leaders, I would like to extend my best wishes to our 6th Year students beginning their examinations today. The past school year has been extremely challenging, and all students should be immensely proud of reaching this milestone.

“The past 14 months have seen school closures, remote learning and Covid-19 precautions that affected every part of the school community, not least so, our 6th Year students. We must commend their resilience and their commitment to their education throughout and acknowledge that the circumstances they found themselves in have created a cohort of well-rounded and compassionate young adults ready to make a positive contribution to Irish life.”

Wellbeing

“This exam season, we continue to encourage our students to focus on their wellbeing as this is ultimately just as important as any exam. It is vital that our students are supported in looking after their physical and mental health during this period.

“While the simple things like getting a good night’s sleep and eating well can go a long way, we encourage all parents to support their children during this time and remind all that their entire school community remains available for support and guidance.”

 Path ahead

“The Leaving Certificate exams mark the end of one chapter and the start of another, as our students transition from post primary to further and higher education or the workforce. The experience of studying for and completing the Leaving Cert provides students with a specific set of skills that are completely transferable and applicable to whatever they decide to do next, of which, there are many options.

“Covid has presented many challenges for our traditional education system, however, it has also created opportunities. The recent creation of multiple new apprenticeship schemes and technical programmes in our third level institutions offer additional education and training pathways to our young people, more so than ever before.

“As school leaders, we would like to encourage our Leaving Cert students not to focus on the “points race” or to be drawn into comparisons with their peers. There are many routes to your desired career and no one pathway or college course trumps another.”

Accredited grades

“In response to the pandemic, the Leaving Certificate accredited grades programme was developed and implemented by the Department of Education in consultation with a wide range of education stakeholders. This, alongside the option which has seen many students choosing to sit their traditional written examinations this month, will ensure no student will be disadvantaged by the disruption to their education over the past year. It will offer every student the ability to achieve their best possible grade.

“The class of 2021 will go down in the history books as one which faced and overcame unprecedented challenges due to Covid-19. School leaders, teachers, their families and their peers are immensely proud of their achievements thus far and we wish them every success in their exams and all their future endeavours.”

Notes to the editor:

*Indicative figure of 52,000 includes all students who have registered for sitting at least one Leaving Certificate written examination. This number is subject to change as some students may decline the option of a written exam on the day and instead choose to accept their accredited grade.

ENDS

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