Deputy Director Position – Recruitment

Deputy Director

National Association of Principals and Deputies

11 Wentworth

Eblana Villas

Dublin 2


The National Executive Committee of the National Association of Principals and Deputies invites applications from suitably qualified persons for the post of Deputy Director to take effect from the 1st of September 2023

The National Association of Principals and Deputy Principals are the professional association for second level school leaders in Ireland.  Established in 1998, NAPD, through its Officers, National Executive and Regional Network provides a united voice for Principals and Deputy Principals on issues of common concern across all three second level sectors.  NAPD is a respected education partner represented on relevant local, regional, and national bodies both statutory and non-statutory.

To qualify for appointment candidates must have

  • Minimum 5 years experience in a senior leadership role in a post-primary school
  • Be currently employed in a role that is funded by the Department of Education or an Education and Training Board which is eligible for secondment under the terms of circular 0029/2018
  • Have current Teaching Council registration and Garda vetting

Deputy Director candidate information – Download


Completed applications must be submitted in a single document to no later than 1.00 pm on Friday 3rd March 2023.

Short listing may apply. Canvassing by or on behalf of the candidate will automatically disqualify.  Late applications will not be accepted.

NAPD Senior Cycle Survey

NAPD has broadly welcomed the publication of the NCCA advisory report on Senior Cycle Reform and the ministers expressed a vision for a student-centered senior cycle. As we prepare to begin negotiations on the implementation of the senior cycle it is vital for NAPD to represent the views of the membership.

I apologise that yet another survey is requested and your workload is immense, this survey will take 10 minutes and will really strengthen our position to influence the direction the senior cycle goes from this point.

A sub-committee of our national executive will commence preparation on Monday and will continue to put together the NAPD strategy to continue to influence this change and I ask that you complete this survey at your earliest convenience.

We are working to be ready for meetings with the stakeholders before the Easter break.

Many thanks

Paul Crone

The time is now’ for senior cycle reform; NAPD Annual Conference

The time is now’ for senior cycle reform; NAPD Annual Conference

School leaders from Ireland’s 700 post primary schools gather virtually for Annual Conference today, ‘From Functioning to Flourishing’

  • NAPD makes clear its intentions to seek progression of reform of senior cycle ahead of its Annual Conference today;
  • Minister for Education Norma Foley set to join conference for ‘open discussion’ on the learnings from the pandemic and senior cycle reform;


Speaking ahead of today’s event, Paul Crone, Director, NAPD:

‘Our Annual Conference this week and its theme, ‘From Functioning to Flourishing’ will bring post primary school leaders together to consider the opportunities the pandemic has created for the enhancement of Irish education. Reform of the senior cycle is a key element of this, and we look forward to discussing this issue with Minister Foley later today.

‘The case for such reform has never been greater and the time for action is now. School leaders stand ready to implement senior cycle reform, progress that will improve the development and learning of our young people, and we urge the Minister to act with intent.’

The National Association of Principals and Deputy Principals (NAPD), the representative body for Ireland’s post primary school leaders, will meet virtually today and tomorrow (Wednesday and Thursday, 20 and 21 October) for its Annual Conference. School leaders from Ireland’s 700 post primary schools are expected to join the event which will feature a panel discussion with Minister for Education Norma Foley TD and seminars from a host of education and leadership experts.

The conference will focus on the theme ‘From Functioning to Flourishing’ and will involve reflection and debate on the lessons learned for school communities during the Covid-19 pandemic and the opportunities these now present.

New appointments

Last week, the Association elected outgoing Vice President and Principal, Ramsgrange Community School, Co. Wexford, Rachel O’Connor, as its incoming President. The Waterford native holds a wealth of experience in education advocacy and leadership. She is set to address members tomorrow on her vision for Irish post primary education in the year ahead.

Outgoing President and Principal, Laurel Hill Secondary School, Co. Limerick, Michael Cregan will open the two-day event today. Both Presidents are set to outline the work achieved to date on senior cycle reform and the urgency required to progress this in the months ahead – both in their respective speeches and during a panel discussion with Minister Foley later today.

Student focused collaboration between education partners

The greatest outcome of this process, the student-focussed collaboration between all education partners, must be carried forward and repeated to now deliver broader, permanent reform of the senior cycle.

Research undertaken in 2018 by the NAPD found that 83% of students claimed that the Leaving Certificate examination in its traditional form was ‘not the best way to assess’ their educational achievement. In the same survey, 55% of parents were in favour of their children being assessed by their teacher and 65% of teachers were in favour of comprehensive reform of the Leaving Certificate.  The reform agenda has gathered further momentum in light of the pandemic.

Speaking ahead of today’s event and on reform of the senior cycle, Rachel O’Connor, President, NAPD, said:

“Over the past 18 months, the post primary sector has demonstrated great adaptability to maintain and improve the quality of education for our students. Through such adaption, we have learned that it is possible for our excellent teachers to assess their students, that entry to third level must be decoupled from terminal exam results and most importantly, that students’ anxiety and stress were significantly reduced when they had options.

“At every stage during this process, students’ voices were heard and as we seek to progress reform of the senior cycle, the NAPD advocates strongly for students to continue to be given a stronger say in their learning and assessment. 

“To this end, the pace at which such reform is occurring is concerning. While school leaders acknowledge that the challenges presented by the Covid-19 pandemic continue to impact how we deliver education in Ireland and will likely do so for some time to come, there must now be resources directed towards senior cycle reform with urgency. We cannot allow another academic year to slip past without progress and delivery. The time for action is now.

“NAPD members stand ready to implement reform and look forward to hearing Minister Foley re-iterate her commitment and that of her Departmental colleagues later day.”


For media queries and/ or to secure media access to the NAPD Annual Conference, contact 360:

Barry Murphy / / 087 266 9878

Macdara Ó’Móráin / / 086 087 3387

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 01 670 7474

COUNSELLING:                     Call  01 881 8047

Three documents below relating to the ARAG Policy

ARAG Policy Wording

 ARAG Legal Expenses Summary

Possible Scenarios 

Cyber Bullying Booklet

As per the latest Newsletter, you can now download the Cyber Bullying document that was issued to all Conference Delegates in October.

Click here to download Cyber Bullying Document

The Summer Edition of the Leader Magazine out Now!!

Summer Edition of the Leader in all schools and online now!

Bloomsday marks the start of summer, as does the arrival in your letterbox of the summer edition of Leader Quarterly. We’ve combined the two, by featuring James Joyce on the back cover, in a collage from a Creative Engagement project. All in all, you’ll have twenty items of serious summer reading to peruse in Leader.

David Forde and Deirdre Hanamy report extensively on the FET Symposium, Towards the FET College of the Future,  held on 2 April in Dublin. We cover the John Hattie Symposium and the Mike Hughes & Graham Powell workshops.

Leader pays close attention to the Legal Fees Indemnity Scheme, one of the newer services available to NAPD members. Paul Byrne looks at how middle management might be strengthened in our schools and looks to the expansion of NAPD to include Associate Members drawn from aspiring leaders, such as Assistant Principals.

We consider some schools that can claim our interest – St Andrews College, the Catholic school, the Rosses Community School – each for different compelling reasons.

Click here to download

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. or click here: Conference Forms 2019 or click here: Accommodation Form 2019

We are currently updating the schedule of events and our website

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