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 While will continue to operate until Christmas the portal will be withdrawn from service before the resumption of school in January 2020.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.

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


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

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.”