Creative Engagement Wellbeing Project – Assistance’s from Minister McHugh

Minister Joe Mc Hugh works on a Creative Engagement Wellbeing project in Loreto Community School Milford this week.


Helping Hands Program – Maria Garvey

Helping Hands Program – A New Approach

The ‘Helping Hands’ program is about giving teachers access to the world of the silent and often unnoticed 85%. It provides cutting edge knowledge, skills and tools for schools to ensure inclusion, wellbeing and psychological safety of students. It provides teachers with a heat map of relationship dynamics that are hidden in the peer group. Vulnerable students can be identified before problems escalate or complaints are made, facilitating measures that assist them, to be put in place. Rather than another ‘add on’ programme, the software instrument integrates with classroom management and helps to reduce rather than increase teachers’ workload.

Our award-winning program has been developed through rigorous research and is based on international best practice and leading thinking. It combines high-quality professional development for school personnel with an easy-to-use diagnostic tool that accesses underlying relationship dynamics in groups. It can pinpoint students who are already excluded from the peer group, as well as identifying situations where there is a potential for bullying to occur or to escalate.

Teachers can use this new knowledge and software instrument to:

  • prevent bullying
  • intervene early before bullying becomes entrenched
  • develop classroom teams that are welcoming to all
  • build support networks around vulnerable students
  • create conditions that make it safe for students to tell
  • help empower students who are victimised
  • ensure that students who engage in bullying behaviour learn to have appropriate levels of power

The software instrument can also be employed for School Self-Evaluation (SSE). It can yield high-quality data with minimum teacher input required in its design and implementation

The Program

The program consists of:

  • Two 3-hour on-site sessions for School Leaders and Student Support teams


  • Two I-hour online sessions for all school staff (suitable for facilitation during Croke Park Hours)


Dates for follow-up sessions to be confirmed. Additional programs will be provided in response to requests

Unlimited access to the software package is available to schools who adopt the program. Training must be completed in order to access the program.

Cost varies according to school size and is €3 per student. Early adopters’ price of €2 per student applies to all the courses listed above.

For details contact:
Mob: 0863585175

Our remit is to examine and quantify the workload involved with a view to finding possible ways of positively addressing the issues of concern

NAPD is your organisation and its core mission is to support Principals and Deputy Principals in their role as school leaders. Recently the general issue of workload and the overload created in embedding multiple new education initiatives, legislative, administrative and financial changes have been discussed by our members. To this end, NAPD is exploring the issues of workload, recruitment, and retention of school leaders with the blessing of the Minister. Our remit is to examine and quantify the workload involved with a view to finding possible ways of positively addressing the issues of concern.  In this way, we hope to enable Principals and Deputy Principals to focus more on the core business of leading learning and teaching.

In order to collect and collate meaningful accurate data to direct this process, we are working in collaboration with Assistant Professors Dr. Paula Kinnarney and Dr. Jolanta Burke of Maynooth University who have developed a survey for NAPD members. We are aware of how valuable your time is to you so this survey will take no more than 10 to 15 minutes to complete. We respectfully ask you to take the time to complete this survey as the greater the number of respondents the more complete and compelling the data collected. Please click on the link below to complete the survey before 12.30 on Wednesday 8th January;

Thank you for your cooperation.



Important notice for all users of


Dear colleague, after many years of successful development and use of NAPD has decided in partnership with IPPN, to move to a new platform from which to operate. This platform will reside on under the dropdown menu of Sub Seeker, will be known as Sub Seeker and will be run by

In order to facilitate this transition, we are respectfully asking you to register for this service by clicking on the link provided and following the registration link. While will continue to operate until Christmas the portal will be withdrawn from service before the resumption of school in January 2020.

Please be advised that while the substitution service will now be provided on a different digital platform and by a different provider, it will continue to be a free service to both schools and substitute teachers. The new system will operate in a similar manner to NAPD and wish to thank all who have made the service a success over the last number of years extend you our best wishes to you for the future. Statistics 05/12/2019
Available substitute teachers 270

Declared as unavailable/in employment this week 392

Total Active in the last week 662

Availability unknown 452

Total Subs/after purge 1114

Total registered sub teachers 2683


Total teaching positions created/and recorded 7148.

Creative Engagement – Image of the Day – Irish Times

Flowering talent Creative Engagement Exhibition

Creative Engagement Exhibition goes to the National Indoor Sports Arena

The National Association of Principals and Deputy Principals (NAPD) today launched its seventh annual Creative Engagement Exhibition in the National Indoor Sports Arena, Abbottstown, Dublin.

The Creative Engagement Exhibition is an arts in education programme that sees schools work with outside artists to develop innovative projects incorporating dance, film, sculpture, music and visual art.  Over 100 schools are participating in this year’s programme.

The Creative Engagement programme is a collaboration between the Department of Education and Skills and the Department of Culture Heritage and the Gaeltacht.  It also receives funding from the Heritage Council.  Senator Marie Louise O’Donnell, a member of the Oireachtas Joint Committee for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, formally launched this year’s exhibition.


7th Annual Creative Engagement Exhibition

NAPD Director Clive Byrne invites you to the opening of The Annual Creative Engagement Exhibition, November 19, 2019 in the National Indoor Sports Arena, Abbottstown, Dublin. The Exhibition will be opened formally by Senator Marie Louise O’Donnell at 2pm The Exhibition is open from 10am – 4pm  

Allianz – Weather Warning and Tips

Storm Lorenzo is likely to hit Ireland on Thursday. Although it is not possible at this time to predict the magnitude of this storm when it does hit, it is always a good idea to be prepared. To assist with this, we refer you to Allianz website to view tips on preventing Storm and Flood damage to your School


We have also detailed the steps to take in the event of such damage occuring:


  1. Please contact the Allianz claims team and quote your policy number.

Property Claims Dept. – Phone No (01)6133377


Allianz will appoint a loss adjuster to visit the property as soon as possible.


  1. If it is safe to do so, remove any undamaged property to prevent further loss.


  1. Obtain estimates for repair or replacement as soon as possible


If you need any further information, please contact the Allianz Support Team at 01 6133966, your Local Allianz Representative or you Insurance Intermediary.

Celebrating the work of schools committed to entrepreneurial education

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:

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.