Budget 2023 – Overview for Education

 

 

 

Budget 2023 – Overview for Education

  • €9.6 billion to the Department of Education in 2023, including a capital budget of €860 million.
  • Allocation will support the continued progression of the around 300 building projects that are currently at construction
  • The continued rollout of the NDP will involve a further 150 school building projects that are currently at advanced design or tender stage commencing construction over the course of 2023.
  • A strong focus of the school building programme is delivering additional capacity for special classes, particularly at post-primary level and also for special schools.
  • 686 additional teachers to support those with special educational needs in special classes, special schools and mainstream settings.
  • additional 1,194 SNAs,
  • An additional 296 post-primary teachers at post-primary level to meet demographic pressures
  • Further reforms of the Senior Cycle at post-primary level.
  • Public Service Reforms and Shared Services
  • Continuation of Enhanced Summer Programme for a further year to mitigate against impact of learning losses as a result of Covid

Comment from Director Paul Crone

“While we welcome the additional spending on post-primary education through the building projects, additional teachers and SEN in addition to the commitment to support schools with rising energy costs, NAPD remain steadfast in our pursuit of additional administrative supports for school leaders to allow them to focus on their core responsibilities in schools”

 

 

 

MEDIA – Paul Crone interview with Pat Kenny, Newstalk. 12th July 2022

Paul Crone interview with Pat Kenny, Newstalk today 12th July 2022 

 

 

NAPD tells Principals and Deputies to make sure to take a break this summer

Director Paul Crone said “Principals and Deputies need to prioritise their own wellbeing this summer, the demands of school leadership are huge and the initial results of our survey provides the evidence that burnout and stress are real concerns for school leaders”

Two thirds of school leaders experiencing burnout due to stress in 2022, new survey reveals

  • New wellbeing survey finds that 39% of primary and post-primary school leaders were diagnosed with stress related medical conditions in 2022
  • 40% of school leaders reported requiring prescription medication in 2022 compared with 18% in 2015
  • The survey indicates school leaders are working on average 53 hours per week over the full year
  • 30% of school leaders state administration is taking up most of their time
  • Commenting, Paul Crone, Director of the NAPD said: “School leaders have borne the brunt of an overbearing level of school administration for many years now, and it is no surprise to me the level of stress and burnout among the profession. What is most concerning is the high levels of school leaders seeking medical attention due to the stress their roles create for them.”

School leaders have experienced a steep decline in wellbeing since 2014, with 39% of primary and post-primary Principals being diagnosed with stress-related medical conditions in 2022, according to new NAPD research.

The three-year longitudinal study, which aims to offer policy insights to the Department of Education, is being led by Professor Philip Riley of Deakin University, Melbourne, and his research team: Dr. Ben Arnold, Dr. Mark Rahimi and Dr. Marcus Horwood.

The research surveyed primary and post-primary school leaders and was conducted on behalf of the National Association of Principals and Deputy Principals (NAPD) and the Irish Primary Principals Network (IPPN).

The longitudinal data shows disproportionate levels of stress amongst school leaders, with 29.5% reporting burnout, 28.2% reporting difficulty sleeping, 23.6% reporting higher than average stress levels, and 11.5% reporting depressive symptoms.

School leaders cited the sheer quantity of work they undertook, the lack of time spent on teaching and learning, and teacher shortages as the main sources of stress in the workplace.

Comment

Paul Crone, Director of the NAPD said, “School leaders have borne the brunt of an overbearing level of school administration for many years now. The level of stress and burnout in the profession will come as little surprise to those working in the education system. What is most concerning is the high levels of school leaders seeking medical attention due to stress.  These stress levels have been particularly acute in light of the many challenges posed by the Pandemic.

“The NAPD calls on the Department of Education and the Minister for Education to recognise the great service school leaders offer their school communities and take these findings on board, so that we can collectively find a way to alleviate this immense stress and workload.

“The recruitment and retention of school leaders remains a key challenge in the post-primary school sector and today’s research is further evidence of why schools are struggling to attract and retain high calibre school leaders.

“We hope the Minister and her Department will continue to engage with us, so together we can find adequate policy responses and ensure our school communities do not collapse due to a lack of candidates. Education in Ireland is among the best internationally, and school leaders play a crucial role in the integrity of that system.”

ENDS

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Additional information

Irish Principals’ and Deputy Principals’ Health & Wellbeing Survey, 2022

The Principal Health and Wellbeing Survey 2022 is a confidential survey, independent of all employer groups, professional associations, and unions. It is for all school principals and deputy principals of both primary and post primary in Ireland.  The survey is commissioned by the National Association of Principals and Deputy Principals (NAPD) and the Irish Primary Principals’ Network (IPPN). The research is being led by Professor Philip Riley (Deakin University, Melbourne) and his research team (Dr. Ben Arnold, Dr. Mark Rahimi and Dr. Marcus Horwood). Professor Philip Riley also led the 2014/2015 Principals’ and Deputy Principals’ Health & Wellbeing Survey.

NAPD Membership Renewal/Registration 2022 2023

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 Mentoring Group
  • Full Access to the Regional Ambassadors
  • Confidential Support Services
  • 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

As advised, our bank details have changed and an email has been issued to all schools. Our bank details will be published on the invoice that will be issued.

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

All hard copy correspondence to be issued to Head Office marked “Michelle O’Hanlon, Office Manager”

Soft Copy Correspondence to be sent to:
info@napd.ie with Membership 2022/2023 in the subject line

Reminder, our conference registration is currently open if you have not registered yourself. Remember you must be a fully paid NAPD Member to attend Conference in October.

Your NAPD Membership fee is for you as an individual that your school pays for. This Membership is not for the whole school, each Principal/Deputy Principal must register and pay for their own NAPD membership through the school.

If you would like to register/renew your membership please complete the online form below or you can download the PDF format, complete it, and post/email back.

Download form: Membership-and-ARAG Form 22 23

Complete form online https://forms.gle/aYqHKW2wQnKvejAk6