Deputy Principals:


Interested in developing your leadership skills?



Tánaiste is a FREE leadership summer course designed specifically for Deputy Principals and Acting Deputy Principals and provided by the PDST. On completion, participants will be eligible for three EPV days.

The course provides opportunities for deputy principals to explore their leadership role in order to lead high quality teaching and learning in their school. It provides an opportunity to learn from facilitators and colleagues in similar roles using materials and resources designed or adapted to reflect the deputy principal role.



The venues for this FREE summer course in 2018 are as follows:


Blackrock EC

Drumcondra EC (OutreachVenue

Cork EC

Wexford EC

Waterford EC

West Cork EC

Limerick EC

Tralee EC

Monaghan EC

Sligo EC

Mayo EC

Kildare EC

Laois EC

Navan EC



The course has an emphasis on effective communication and conflict management strategies, on the principal and deputy principal as a leadership team, exploring distributed leadership as well as leading change and positively impacting on the school’s learning culture. The following sample timetable gives an overview of the week:




“Great group work. Practical and applied situations used. A very beneficial week all round. Well worth making the effort to attend”


“The modules presented were exactly in keeping with the rhythms of the school year and the challenge of being a Deputy Principal. It was particularly beneficial to hear the different perspectives and to get guidance from the presenter.”


“The Tánaiste programme is a great opportunity to get to know other deputy principals. It builds connections and forges friendships with others. It is very important in countering any feeling of isolation that may come with limited opportunities we get to network and it brings great comfort to know that you are not alone - that others are experiencing similar challenges and opportunities at the same time as yourself.”


“It was an excellent course, very informative and the team activities were very enlightening. Go raibh mile maith agaibh.”



All further information can be obtained by contacting Linda Hogan at lindahogan@pdst.ie and/or on 065 6845520.

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