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: 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

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


NAPD is looking for approximately 10 experienced Deputy Principals to join its current team of volunteers who are involved with Group Mentoring.

It is hoped that by September 2022, there will be two Deputy Principal Mentors in each of the nine NAPD regions. This will allow all new deputies in a region to have access to four group mentoring sessions a year and will give them an opportunity to network within their region.


What is the structure of the Group Mentoring?

Depending on the region, and the number of new deputies each year, there will be approximately 4-8 deputies in each group.

The Mentor and the new deputies gather in Education Centres/Hotels in the region and normally begin with a lunch followed by a 2-hour meeting.

It is hoped that the two mentors in each region will work together to arrange and participate in the group sessions.

The sessions will normally take place in early October, Late November, Early February, and in April. These dates may vary depending on the region and on school calendars.


Who should apply?

If you have a wish to mentor new colleagues, share some of your experience, and want to empower them in their roles, you should consider applying for this role. It is preferred that mentors would have spent at least four years as deputy principal. Experience in previous mentoring would be an advantage but is not necessary for the role.


How will I be supported?

There will be a training session arranged on June 20/21st in Portlaoise. Overnight accommodation will be organised for the night of the 20th. There will also be an online training session in September 2022. Once you become a trained NAPD mentor you will be supported in your role by the NAPD Mentoring Co-Ordinators Mary Keane and Máire Ní Bhróithe (

There will be an annual professional learning event and a twice-yearly virtual check-in with you also.


How do I apply?

Click here to complete the form and you will be contacted in late April. Only two mentors are required in each region. This may mean that we will not be in a position to train all applicants. Or scan the QR Code below:














Who do I contact if I have any queries?

Please email Mary and Máire at the following e-mail address:


Closing Date:  Friday 25th March 2022

After over a century of dogmatic rote learning, it is time to bring in 21st-century education’ – NAPD symposium

After over a century of dogmatic rote learning, it is time to bring in 21st-century education’ – NAPD symposium

The theme of the symposium is ‘Senior Cycle Reform-Carpe Diem – ‘Exploring our vision for Senior Cycle’

  • Contributors to include Niall Muldoon, Ombudsman for Children, Selina McCoy, ESRI, and Anne Looney, DCU Institute of Education;
  • NAPD comment: “we must ask ourselves two important questions: what have we learnt about our education system in the last two years and what do we value now more so than before”

‘After over a century of dogmatic rote learning, it is time to bring in 21st-century education, according to NAPD director, Paul Crone, speaking in advance of the NAPD 2022 Symposium.

The National Association of Principals and Deputy Principals (NAPD) is hosting its annual Symposium today (1 March) in the Marker Hotel Dublin.  The theme of this year’s symposium is Senior Cycle Reform-Carpe Diem – ‘Exploring our vision for Senior Cycle’.

There is a broad consensus in the school community that senior cycle reform needs to happen.  However, Mr. Crone argues that before we can implement any reforms, we must first ask ourselves two important questions: what have we learnt about our education system in the last two years and what do we value now more so than before?

The symposium will seek to address these questions and will feature contributions from amongst others, NAPD President Rachel O’Connor, Dalton Tatton, Assistant Secretary in the Department of Education, Niall Muldoon, Ombudsman for Children, ESRI Associate Research Professor, Selina McCoy and DCU’s Executive Dean at the Institute of Education, Anne Looney.  The symposium will be chaired by former Irish Independent education editor John Walsh.

Intelligent students failing to excel in rigid system

Speaking on this theme of reform, Mr Crone argues that fundamental skills such as resilience and communication are not captured by the current architecture of post-primary learning, despite the high value and demand for them in our modern world.

“Many clearly intelligent students are unable to excel in our rigid education system. The introduction of skills-based learning as an addition rather than complete alternative will allow for a more flexible system that can respond to the demands and aptitudes of students. It will focus on their skills and not their deficiencies, and value their strengths as well as improve their weaknesses.”

Vision for education

According to Mr Crone: “We have seen the successes education reform has brought us in the past, including the Leaving Certificate Applied and Junior Cycle Key Skills. We will see the success of the apprenticeship programmes in the near future. Now let us utilise this blank slate moment to implement further reforms to bolster the system.

“This requires a new vision for education in Ireland, one based on the individual, their aptitudes, and what they can bring to society. When we value each individual, we create for them an environment in which to discover their abilities and skills and flourish. This will encourage students to lead their own education and encourage independent learning.”


IMPORTANT REMINDER Candidate Self Service Portal will close at 5pm Friday 11th February

In 2021, the State Examinations Commission (SEC), as part of its digital strategy, introduced the Candidate Self Service Portal (CSSP) as a one-stop-shop for a range on online services for Leaving Certificate candidates. The CSSP will be used again for the 2022 Leaving Certificate so that candidates can confirm their examination entry details and access other services such as results and appeals. 

The portal opened at 12 noon on Thursday 3 February for candidates to confirm their subject entries and levels. It will remain open for this purpose until 5pm on Friday 11 February.

Can you advise these candidates it is essential that they register through the Portal as this Portal will provide students with the opportunity to confirm their subject choice and levels, to also allow future access to their results and for the later stages of the process such as the appeals application process.


Click here to login CSSP 2022.


There is helpdesk support available at 1800-111135 or 1800-111136  between 9am  to 5pm until Friday 11 February. Outside of these hours you can email

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New Communications Guidance available to members

The NAPD Welfare Committee has developed a Communications Guidance document which can now be accessed in the VUG section of the website.

The value of good communication cannot be underestimated or its potential to promote and sustain high quality interpersonal relationships within schools and the wider community. A clear communications policy developed by all stakeholders in the school community is vital for a schools operation and growth and has the capacity to reduce conflict and equip a school with a level of adaptability to change which is now a necessity in education for the future.


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