NAPD Associate – Mentoring Coordinator

NAPD are currently looking for expressions of interest from recently retired members of NAPD retired to coordinate,

  1. Mentoring for newly appointed Deputy Principals in their first year following appointment,
  2. Group Mentoring for Principals in year 2 following appointment who have completed 1 to 1 mentoring in the previous year with CSL.

Attached are,

  1. A detailed job description for the role,
  2. A copy of the terms of reference for an NAPD associate.

Expressions of interest are to be emailed to  or before 12 noon on Friday 24th of September 2021.


  • If there are many expressions of interest, it may be necessary to operate some selection procedures that are transparent and fair. This will be done in consultation with the executive committee and with their approval.

NAPD Associate

NAPD Associate – Mentoring coordinator

ARAG Legal Expenses Insurance Policy

FAO NAPD Members

The policy comes into effect on 1st November 2018 for fully paid up NAPD members.  You can check your status on your personal profile when you log into the members section of the NAPD website.

For members who renew their membership after that date the policy comes into effect two (2) weeks after payment appears on your personal profile.

A review document will be published on the NAPD website shortly and I would ask you to please complete the form should you have occasion to use the services provided.  This will enable NAPD to improve the effectiveness of this indemnity policy in meeting members’ needs.

In the normal course of events, when faced with a complex situation Principals and Deputy Principals seek advice from trusted colleagues, fellow NAPD members or NAPD Head Office, Management Bodies, Trustees, Chair (BOM) or their UNION and this policy is not intended to replace any of these avenues of support.

The purpose and scope of this insurance policy is to provide Indemnity for Legal Expenses incurred by NAPD members in the discharge of their professional responsibilities which are not covered by their Employers or Unions or where the Principal/Deputy Principal is not a member of a Union. 


These are the key contact numbers:

 LEGAL ADVICE SERVICE:  Call 01 670 7474

COUNSELLING:                     Call  01 881 8047

Three documents below relating to the ARAG Policy

ARAG Policy Wording

 ARAG Legal Expenses Summary

Possible Scenarios 

CBA key dates document for third and second years 2021/2022

Dear colleagues,


I just wanted to let you know that the CBA key dates document for third and second years 2021/2022 is now published and can be accessed from our homepage on or via the ‘Junior Cycle’ tab:


If you’ve any questions, don’t hesitate to get in touch.


With best wishes,





Aoife Rush

Stiúrthóir | Director


CNCM | An Chomhairle Náisiúnta Curaclaim agus Measúnachta

NCCA | The National Council for Curriculum and Assessment


35 Cearnóg Mhic Liam, Baile Átha Cliath, D02 KH36

35 Fitzwilliam Square, Dublin 2, D02 KH36


M +353 (0)87 952 6140 T +353 (0)1 661 7177

CAO Updates

Dear Guidance Counsellor/Principal,

I hope this email finds you well.

In advance of the CAO offers process, I want to draw your attention to a couple of process changes which may be of interest to those of you supporting a 2021 applicant over the coming weeks.

Unfortunately, each year a number of applicants will omit important information from their applications and neglect to take the opportunities for correction (principally during the statement phase in May). In the event of an applicant discovering that their Leaving Certificate examination number/year and/or their PPSN details are incomplete/incorrect, they will have the opportunity to edit the LC/QQI section of their accounts during the following intervals:

– 7 September at 2pm – 14 September at 11am – applicants can edit their Leaving Certificate examination number from the Qualifications and Assessments section of their application. This data will be updated to their account by noon on 17 September. Supply of correct data at this stage will mean inclusion for consideration by admissions offices for round two.

– 7 September at 2pm – 10 September at 2pm – applicants can edit their QQI examination details (i.e. PPSN) from the Qualifications and Assessments section of their application. This data will be updated to their account by noon on 17 September. Supply of correct data at this stage will mean inclusion for consideration by admissions offices for round two.

If your students/clients have questions for CAO during the offers stage, please encourage them to visit the Have a Question page which has a number of answers to frequently asked questions broken down by category e.g., CAO offers, Editing my account, account access issue, etc. They may also wish to ask the Virtual Assistant for assistance, or alternatively send an email via the Correspondence Section of their account.

The 2022 interactive CAO handbook is now available at

This online version has been introduced in place of the traditional printed version. The interactive version will offer applicants a more user-friendly set of instructions, with live links to additional resources (for example the demo application form, video guides for each specific section, links to important sections of the CAO website and so on).

We have printed a small quantity of CAO handbooks for distribution to guidance counsellors and principals – you can expect to receive this combined CAO HEAR DARE mailing in mid-September. This mailing will contain the usual HEAR DARE literature, and 5 copies of the CAO Handbook, as well as some posters promoting the Important Dates and the Online Handbook.

Yours sincerely,
Eileen Keleghan
Communications Officer

Principals congratulate the 61,500 students receiving Leaving Cert results today

Principals congratulate the 61,500 students receiving Leaving Cert results today

  • Comment from Paul Crone, Director of the National Association of Principals and Deputy Principals (NAPD): “The Leaving Cert class of 2021 has shown great resilience and reserve over the past two years culminating with the results of their hard work today. It marks a very special moment in their young lives.”


The Director of the National Association of Principals and Deputy Principals (NAPD), Paul Crone, has offered his congratulations to Leaving Certificate students receiving their exam results today and has wished them well as they embark on further and higher education or enter the world of work.

Mr Crone said: “The Leaving Cert class of 2021 have successfully navigated a uniquely challenging 18 months of learning, due to the pandemic.  In addition to adapting to the demands of remote learning, our senior cycle students have had to forgo many of the traditional rights-of-passage that make our school years so memorable.

“Therefore, on behalf of Irish principals, deputy principals, and the NAPD, I would like to congratulate all those students receiving their Leaving Certificate results today.  Today’s results represent the culmination of two years of hard work, dedication and resilience from our students and the wider school community. Their achievements should be celebrated, and the support of their families recognised.

“This year’s Leaving Certificate grading was undertaken via an ‘accredited grading’ system, coupled with the option of sitting a traditional written Leaving Certificate examination.  In doing so, the assessment process offered students the best of both worlds, and this is something we hope to build on going forward, as we turn our attention to senior cycle reform.

“Finally, for those students who have been fortunate enough to match or exceed their expectations, today is a happy and very affirming conclusion to their second-level schooling and a launchpad to further and higher education or other career opportunities.

“For others who may be disappointed, I would encourage them to remain positive.  Thankfully, there are more pathways than ever before into further and higher education and their chosen career paths beyond.  By extension, today’s employers are becoming increasingly open to sourcing talent from non-traditional disciplines and this development should be welcomed.

“As our students seek to celebrate this important milestone in their young lives tonight and this weekend, I encourage all to remain safe and to adhere to Covid-19 guidelines”


For media queries:

Barry Murphy / / 087 266 9878

Macdara Ó’Móráin / / 086 087 3387

Epidemiological Review of Schools August 2020 to July 2021 – HSE Report

Link below to the report published by the HSE showing the Covid-19 data related to schools for the period from August 2020 to end July 2021.

Membership Registration 2021 2022

We are delighted to let you all know that the NAPD Membership Registration/Renewal is now open.

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 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

We would also encourage more Electronic Transfers this term if this is possible with your school. Cheques will still be accepted.

You can complete the membership online or you can download the membership form to complete.

Soft Copy Correspondence to be sent to: with Membership 2021/2022 in the subject line

We also need to regrettably advise in the light of current health advice and to ensure the safety of members, NAPD Annual Conference will take place online in October.

If you would like to register/renew your membership please complete the online form  or you can download the PDF format Membership-and-ARAG Form complete and post/email back.

Best wishes to you all, Stay Safe Stay Well.

Kind regards,

NAPD Head Office