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Junior Achievement Ireland announces Microsoft as partner for the inaugural TESA Summit 2019

Join Now or Renew your NAPD Membership for 2019-2020 Today!

As we come closer to the end of term, we look forward to a new one.

By now you should have all received the NAPD Magazine The Leader in schools along with a renewal form for the next Term ahead.

Please note the term of membership will be 1st September 2019  – 31st August 2020.

You can also complete this form by clicking on the link: https://forms.gle/Kr9qgkQxhMtiW3HQ9

Benefits of being 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
  • Key Contributing partner with the Centre for School Leadership (CSL)
  • Legal Expenses Indemnity through DAS
  • 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

NAPD would like to wish you all a happy and well deserved Summer Break! And we look forward to working with you and supporting you through the new Term.

Post – Primary Inspector with the Department of Education and Skills

Interested in becoming a Post-Primary Inspector with the Department of Education and Skills? The Public Appointments Service launched a recruitment competition for Post-Primary Inspectors of Irish, Chemistry and or Biology, Italian, Geography, History and Computer Science on 24 May. The closing date for applications is 13 June 2019. Full details available on www.publicjobs.ie

 

An bhfuil suim agat a bheith i do chigire iar-bunscoile leis an Roinn Oideachais agus Scileanna? D’fhogair an Coimisiún um Cheapacháin Seirbhísí Poiblí comortas earcaíochta do chigirí iar-bhunscoile Gaeilge, Ceimice agus nó Bitheolaíochta, Iodáilise, Tíreolaíochta, Staire agus Ríomheolaíochta ar an 24ú Bealtaine. Is é an 13ú Meitheamh an data deireanach d’iarrataisí. Tuilleadh sonraí ar www.publicjobs.ie

School Payments – Easy Payments Plus powered by Payzone

School Payments

Primary and secondary schools throughout Ireland use Easy Payments Plus to process a range of school expenses. Our solution enables parents to pay school expenses online 24/7. Your school can reduce administration, manage pupil data and improve security for everyone with our convenient payment options. Completely eliminate cash from your school by enabling parents to pay at their local Payzone shop.

Following a lengthy tendering process Easy Payments Plus were selected by the Education Procurement Office to supply payment solutions to both primary and post primary schools.

 

For more information please click here

Mind Monsters Launched – HSE

Statement by Clive Byrne, Director National Association of Principals and Deputy Principals, in relation to the HSE’s latest launch of Mind Monsters

 

“We welcome the HSE’s launch of the latest phase of Mind Monsters, an information sharing mental health programme for young people.

 

However, we welcome this with slight caution. Mental health support for students, particularly for those studying for their Leaving Certificate, or Junior Certificate are currently lacking, as are the processes in place to identify issues from outset.

 

Access to mental health services in schools is a constant topic for several Government Departments, however, political intervention has been frustratingly slow.

 

As part of an extensive research programme the NAPD carried out last year, we found that 37% of the students surveyed alluded to mental health issues impeding their studies and, or their exams. Causes of such issues ranged from bereavement, physical illness and operations to relationship breakdowns, and personal family issues.

 

Coupled with the personal and peer pressure for success, this can lead to severe anxiety and depression. The HSE’s campaign advises students on measures they can take that can have a huge benefit on them such as sleep patterns, putting down the phone and regular study breaks, and it is this sort of advice that students, teachers and parents need more of.

 

But so too is access to appropriate, assessment and treatment driven services in schools. This new phase is a positive move from the Government and HSE, and it is encouraging to see that this is on their agenda. It is important that all relevant stakeholders are proactive in working with the Government to address this issue, and we look forward to playing our part in that. Best practice is important, solutions focused is essential, and leadership is required to take an immediate, physical and practical approach to addressing this issue.”

 

ENDS.

HealthCare Ireland Training for Schools

HealthCare Ireland Training for Schools

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Our Unique selling point 
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– Strong Customer Focus
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Certification
HealthCare Ireland courses are accredited by PHECC the (Pre-Hospital Emergency Care Council) Fetac / QQI (Quality & Qualifications Ireland), the HSA and the Irish Heart Foundation.

http://www.healthcareireland.ie/For-Schools/health-and-safety-training/in-ireland

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. 

 

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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