Recruitment Opportunity: Deputy Director, NAPD

A recruitment opportunity has arisen within NAPD of a New Deputy Director (The Deputy Director will be appointed for five years on secondment) and we are currently inviting applications. Application forms and a full job description below.

The position of Deputy Director of NAPD is a key leadership position in the work of the Association.

Objects of the Association

The Memorandum of Association outlines the objectives for which NAPD is established:

(a)       To provide a united voice nationally for Principals and Deputy Principals on issues of common concern.

(b)      To promote the interests and welfare of Principals and Deputy Principals through:


  • Ensuring that Principals and Deputy Principals are recognised as education partners and are represented as of right on all relevant local, regional and national bodies, both statutory and non- statutory.
  • Ensuring that Principals and Deputy Principals are consulted on all relevant matters and, in particular, on new initiatives which impinge on their roles.
  • Representing the views of Principals and Deputy Principals to the Department of Education and Skills and all other interested groups and relevant bodies.
  • To show leadership in the formulation of educational policy.
  • To promote the professional and personal development of Principals and Deputy Principals.
  • To promote the development of adequate internal school management structures to enable the successful implementation of school policies.
  • To provide support/advice for Principals and Deputy Principals through secretariat and administrative services.
  • To provide appropriate and relevant training.
  • To adopt a pro-active and dynamic approach to developing the international and European dimension in schools.
  • To promote co-operation and reciprocal visits between members of NAPD and Principals and Deputy Principals within Ireland, Europe and the rest of the world.
  • To encourage partnership between Principals and Deputy Principals in all second level schools.


Personal Qualities of  the Deputy Director

The successful candidate for the position of  Deputy Director will have:

  • Excellent interpersonal negotiating and communication skills, including a capacity to deal with the media and a working knowledge of Irish
  • A capacity to make sound judgements and take strategic decisions in the best interests of Principals and Deputy Principals
  • Proven leadership, organisational and administrative ability (minimum 5 years experience)
  • A capacity to be energised by an environment with a strong focus on policy.
  • A thorough knowledge of the Irish education system and legislative frameworks
  • The ability to use ICT effectively


Role of the Deputy Director

  • To promote and develop the aims and objectives of NAPD
  • To provide an information and advisory services for all members of NAPD
  • To provide particular support for newly-appointed Principals and Deputy Principals
  • To respond to the needs of Principals and Deputy Principals on an on-going basis and to develop policy papers where required
  • To support the Presidents, Director and members of the National Executive in their respective roles
  • To implement, in consultation with the Director, Executive decisions and report back to the National Executive.
  • To carry out other duties as may be determined by the National Executive
  • To liaise with the Department of Education and Skills, other Departments of state as necessary, all the Education Partners and all other relevant bodies, national and international
  • To ensure that the aims and views of the Association are represented in all appropriate fora.
  • To contribute to publications for members
  • To enhance communications between members by supporting the regional structure of the Association
  • To be available to all Committees of NAPD, including NAPD-Retired.
  • To work with the Director in managing the National Office of the Association (located in Dublin)
  • To work with the Director to manage the finances of the Association and prepare for an annual audit
  • To seek sponsorship in co-operation with the Finance Committee

Interview: General Procedures


Candidates may be shortlisted for interview based on the information submitted on the Application Form


Candidates are invited to make a presentation on their vision for NAPD (maximum 10 minutes)

Interview Process

Anything submitted in the Application form or mentioned in the presentation may be discussed in more depth at the interview. (Please note: all relevant information should be submitted on the application form)

Interview Board

An Independent Interview Board consisting of 3 people shall be appointed.  The President of  NAPD will be present as an observer.


The Deputy Director will be appointed for five years on secondment.  This will include a probation period of one year.

Closing Date for Applications is Wednesday 12th December 2018 no later than 1:00pm. This recruitment advertisement can also be found on

English Job Description

Cur Síos Poist Gaeilge

English Application Form

Foirm Iarratais na hÉireann

Word Format Application Form 

Allianz Weather Warning – Storm Callum is on the Way.

Storm Callum is on its way and may make landfall as early as Thursday night. There is a yellow weather warning currently in place and this may be raised to orange in some regions depending on the level of winds and rainfall with some coastal flooding expected. To assist you to get your school ready for this event, we have included a checklist, some suggested actions for both storm and flood and the actions to be taken in the event of property damage.




  1. Are all roof slates/tiles, gutters and aerials secure?
  2. Has flashing been checked?
  3. Are gutters and down pipes clear of leaves and other debris?
  4. Are all large trees close to your school maintained – branches trimmed, checked for rot or decay?
  5. Are the grounds clear of loose materials and rubbish?


  Suggested Actions

  • Clean out gutters and down pipes of leaves, dirt and debris on a regular basis.
  • Keep trees trimmed to prevent from overhanging on buildings.
  • Regularly check trees which are close enough to fall onto buildings or parking areas. Where warranted have trees trimmed or removed by a qualified tree removal service.
  • Check for broken, damaged or loose tiles and have them repaired where necessary.
  • Check the flashing around skylights, vent pipes and any other projections where a roof covering meets an adjoining surface.
  • Repair any damaged gutters or down pipes and check their supports.
  • Ensure grounds are kept clear of loose materials and rubbish that may blow and cause damage.
  • Raise to higher ground (upstairs or on worktops) furniture, appliances or other items that may be damaged by direct contact with water for an extended period.
  • Move vehicles, valuables or other items to safety.
  • Put sandbags or flood boards in place (remember when the flooding is over to make sure your property is properly ventilated).
  • Plug sinks/baths and put sandbags in all toilet bowls to prevent backflow.
  • If possible clear blocked drains.
  • Be ready to turn off gas and electricity supplies (get help if necessary).
  • Never unplug or disconnect electric appliances or try to turn off the electricity supply if you have to stand in water or on wet floor surface to do so.
  • Don’t enter basements or any rooms if water covers electric cables that are plugged in or if water covers electric outlets.
  • Keep a flash light and spare batteries in an accessible place.
  • If required to do so, exit your property with care as submerged debris could cause you to trip or fall.
  • You can contact a contractor to inspect the roof and if necessary carry out emergency repairs initially.


In the event of storm/flood property damage, you can take the following steps:


  • Photograph the damage to your property and contents, before any emergency repairs are carried out if possible.
  • Wet or damaged items can be lifted or removed from the building, please do not dispose of any items as we may arrange for an inspection.
  • Leave the heating on to help the property dry out. You can also hire dehumidifiers. When a dehumidifier is on, close your windows. A dehumidifier should be emptied on a regular basis.
  • You can take steps to remove the flood water from your property. In the event of widespread flooding your local council or fire brigade may be able to assist you.
  • Avoid touching any contaminated items, unless wearing suitable gloves.
  • Arrange for an electrician to check the electrics.
  • Unblock any external wall vents. Also check the floor void for flood water. This will need to be cleaned and disinfected.
  • Contact Allianz at 01 6133377 or as soon as possible so that we can commence processing and investigation of your claim.

RIP John Coolahan

RIP John Coolahan Professor Emeritus, Dublin and Tarbert

John Coolahan was a great friend to NAPD. He constantly supported our conferences and symposia as well as contributing to our publications.

He made an enormous contribution to Irish Education and will be sorely missed no more so than by his wife Mary and Family.

Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam dílis

NAPD Members Questionnaire

As a valued NAPD Member we would like to ask for you to complete the following Questionnaire.

The National Association of Principals and Deputy Principals is the professional association for second level and further education school leaders in Ireland. NAPD is unique in that it supports the senior leadership team across all sectors at post primary level.

NAPD continues to support school leaders to lead learning and teaching, to lead school development, to manage organisations and to develop leadership capacity in our schools while at the same time being dynamic, proactive and forward looking.



If you have already completed this questionnaire, Thank you. 

We greatly appreciate you taking the time out to complete the above questionnaire.

 Thank you for your continued support of NAPD

Statement by NAPD on Minister Bruton’s announcement of extra places on Leadership Course’s for Teachers

Statement by National Association of Principals and Deputy Principals

“The National Association of Principals and Deputy Principals welcome the announcement by the Minister for Education Richard Bruton TD that the number of places available on the Professional Diploma in School Leadership, will increase by 20% from September from 250 to 300 places. The importance of school leaders and posts of responsibility, and the State’s investment in same, is something which is essential for every school.

School leaders have the capacity to define the benchmarks of quality and excellence in each of their schools. Equally, and just as important, resourced and engaged school leadership structures better guarantee the delivery of these objectives. Today’s announcement is a further step to ensuring that these structures become a fundamental part of every school in Ireland.”



20 April, 2018

 Minister Bruton announces extra places on Leadership Course for Teachers

 Almost 50 extra places on Professional Diploma in School Leadership

 Speaking at the IPPN Deputy Principals conference in Citywest today, Minister Bruton announced that he would be increasing the number of places on the Professional Diploma in School Leadership, the programme for aspiring school leaders.

This government has set the ambition to make Ireland’s education and training service the best in Europe by 2026. Minister Bruton has stated numerous times that school leadership is vital to delivering on this ambition. Today’s announcement marks another significant investment by the government in supporting and encouraging leadership in our schools.

In response to a huge demand, the Minister has added almost 50 extra places on to the programme, bringing this year’s intake to 300. The Diploma is designed to prepare aspiring leaders with the knowledge, skills, and confidence for senior leadership positions in schools.

Speaking at the IPPN Deputy Principals conference in Citywest today, Minister Bruton said, “The biggest influence on a child in a school is the quality of their teachers and the leadership within the school. We are lucky in Ireland to have excellent leaders in our schools. If we want to be the best in Europe, we need to support these leaders and encourage and empower others to show leadership. I am committed to doing this during my time as Minister.

“Today’s announcement, in addition to our previous actions such as increasing the number of promotional opportunities for teachers, will make a real difference in schools all around the country. One in three (34.5%) of teachers are in promoted positions in our schools and I want to make sure we are supporting our school leaders as best we can.”

 Notes to Editor

The Professional Diploma in School Leadership (PDSL) is an innovative jointly accredited postgraduate diploma in school leadership and is delivered in partnership by the Schools of Education in the University of Limerick (UL), University College Dublin (UCD) and the National University of Ireland Galway (NUIG) with Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT).


This unique partnership means that students on the programme have unique access to leading academics in school leadership across several universities nationally as well as from tutors with extensive experience in the area of educational leadership.


The programme, which is NQF level 9 is delivered on a part time basis in a blended learning format (online and face to face) over 18 months.


It is offered across a broad geographical spread, currently in eight centres nationally. The increased student intake will add an additional centre and serve to meet the high demand by teachers for leadership professional development.  This year there were over 450 applicants and based on the programme success thus far, the intake was increased to 300 this year.  During their studies, participants engage with leadership theory and practice  specific to Leading Learning and Teaching in the Irish context; Professional Growth and Development; Leading School Transformation; Mentoring and Coaching; Leading School Development: Continuity, Change and Capacity Building; Building Culture, Capacity and Teams. In addition, they engage with senior leaders in business and industry as well as within the education sector in order to gain comprehensive engagement with the breadth and diversity of leadership in practice. Therefore this programme is important for aspiring school principals as it serves to enhance school leadership capacity and quality nationally.

For further information please see

External Recruitment Post – Lynch (Suzhou) Co., Ltd – Vacancies in China for professional Irish teachers

This is an external recruitment post, applications or contact should be made to Jennifer Jia email:

Brief Company Description:

Establish in November 2007, Lynch (Suzhou) Co., Ltd. provides professional consultancy services to enterprises, organizations, entitles in Ireland who want to get connections with China. Lynch Suzhou has been striving to raise awareness levels in China of Ireland ever since, in its efforts Catholic University School in Dublin has successfully built a link with five schools in Suzhou, Jiangsu, China in 2012. CUS has created a successful precedent in Ireland to send its teenage students to China, a distant Asian County from 2013.

Currently Lynch Suzhou is on behalf of Suzhou Education Bureau and other two educational entities to recruit English language teacher; subject teacher; Library manager/ teacher for International Baccalaureate Diploma Program; Kindergarten teacher and a few vacancies for school principal / director / dean from native English speaker countries to China working for one year or two.

Suzhou is a thriving city in eastern China that is only a 25-minute train ride from central Shanghai. It is one of few developed cities that has retained much of its ancient traditional character and charm, with a thriving business district with all the modern amenities that one could ask for. It has always been a city with advanced education, glory culture, and a galaxy of talents and has become one of the most popular destinations for both Chinese and foreigners to work and live.

Suzhou Education Bureau is in charge of 1150 schools of all kinds at all levels with 1.3 million students and a faculty of 100 thousand including 8 thousand teachers. There are also 4 schools for foreign students in Suzhou, which is half the total number in Jiangsu province. Suzhou has 26 foreign-China cooperative education institutions, 145 schools that are granted with qualification to recruit foreign students. Currently more than 600 foreign teachers are employed here in Suzhou.


Vacancies in private schools:

  1. Library manager for International Baccalaureate Diploma Program (IB) vacancy: 1

* Salary: 400,000–450,000 RMB per academic year

*Requirement: Must have library manager education background and relevant experiences


  1. Teacher for IB            vacancy: 3

* Salary: 300,000–350,000 RMB per academic year

* Requirement: Must have related background and IB certificate


  1. Subject teacher        vacancy: many

* Salary: 16,000–20,000 RMB per month

* Requirement: Must have related background and teaching experience


  1. Kindergarten teacher      vacancy: many

* Salary: 16,000–18,000 RMB per month

* Requirement: Must have related background and teaching experience


  1. English language teacher        vacancy: many

*  Salary: 13,000 RMB per month

*  Requirement: Must have related background and teaching experience


  1. Principal, director, dean      vacancy: few

* Salary: 300,000–500,000 RMB per academic year

* Requirement: Must have related experiences

 Vacancies in private language schools:

English language teacher        vacancy: many

*  Salary: 10,000 RMB per month

*  Requirement: Must have related background and teaching experience

*  Advantage: Free One-on-one Chinese Mandarin courses if requires


Vacancies in public schools:

English language teacher        vacancy: 10 (first year)

Candidates could be assigned to different school from primary to secondary school, in general, salary of working for public school is lower than private school.


  1. Minimum one year or one academic year contract
  2. 5%-10% salary increase when renew one year contract
  3. Flight allowance when successfully fulfill contract
  4.   Free accommodation or certain amount of allowance
  5.   Help with tourist visa for non-B.Sc. in education graduates to enter China study for a 120 hour TEFL certificate, apply working visa afterwards via going to Hong Kong

NAPD-R Dublin Spring Lunch Event Thursday 22nd March 2018

Note to all our Guests


  • When arriving at the National Gallery  please enter by the Nassau St/Clare St entrance. This will bring you into the foyer area alongside the Gallery shop and downstairs restaurant
  •  Assemble there between 11.45-12.00
  • If you arrive early, there is, as you probably already know, a nice cafe there.
  • We will seek you out in the cafe so enjoy your mid-morning coffee/tea
  • Finally, we “do not like handling cash” on these occasions so as on previous functions we’d appreciate all payments, but particularly cash, to be placed in envelopes with your name clearly marked on same.

Yours sincerely,

Tom O’Brien

Valerie McCormick


Ciaran McCormack Cathaoirleach of NAPD-R

Allianz – Weather Warning

With the imminent arrival of the “Beast from the East”, it is a good time to review your procedures for severe or prolonged cold weather. Below we have outlined some basic tips to protect your school property, that should be adhered to in the immediate run up to such an event :

  • It is very important to Maintain heat in the Building to reduce the possibility of a burst pipe.
  • Ensure your Frost thermostat is correctly set, i.e. 35°F or 2°C if located indoors, or 32°F or 0°C if outdoors
  • If no Frost Thermostat fitted, then responsibility for manually starting the heating system must be allocated to named responsible individuals. During short severe cold weather spells, the heat should be left on when the building is unoccupied.
  • Protect your oil supply against freezing. This may happen if temperatures of 12°F or -9°C prevail. The oil supply pipe can be protected with weather-proof insulation and a tarpaulin cover will provide emergency protection to the tank
  • Leave internal doors open to protect unheated or poorly heated compartments, but always subject to applicable fire safety rules and regulations.
  • Make sure all radiators are on
  • If air vents in the boiler room are closed off, leave sufficient opening to allow an adequate supply of air for combustion
  • If heat is not to be maintained in an unused building then the water supply should be isolated and all sanitary and domestic water services drained
  • Make sure all exposed pipes are properly lagged/insulated
  • Make sure that all tanks and pipes in the roof space and all external vent or expansion pipes are well lagged/insulated.


If your school is open during periods of ice and frost, it is essential to ensure your school grounds are made safe and you can provide safe to access your building(s). Make a pathway with grit / salt from the front gate to the front door and cordon off areas that are not safe to be used.

For safe driving tips in extreme weather conditions, visit the Road Safety Authority website

Stay Safe!


Child Protection Procedures for Primary and Post-Primary schools 2017

The final version of the update for schools on CPD support arrangements for the revised child protection procedures is now available.

General queries in relation to school closures or the ‘Child Protection Procedures for Primary and Post-Primary schools 2017’ should be e-mailed to the Department at:

General queries in relation to child protection CPD should be addressed to the Department’s Teacher Education Section at:

Please click here to download.