Leadership (Primary)

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PDST School Leadership (primary) provides professional learning opportunitites for practising school leaders. In our role supporting school leaders in Irish primary schools we offer the following programmes:



Misneach is a programme of induction for newly-appointed principals designed to support principals and acting principals in effectively leading their schools during the first two years in the position. It empowers principals to focus on the key role of leading learning in their schools under the domains of the Quality Framework


Tánaiste is a summer course that is designed to support deputy principals and acting deputy principals to effectively lead their schools. It examines factors which impact on the school’s learning culture drawing upon Looking at our School 2016 and the SSE process.


Forbairt is a capacity building programme for experienced school leaders. It focuses on identifying and developing the leadership skills and knowledge needed to respond to identified priorities. The dynamic of Principal, Deputy Principal and Teacher Leader working together as a team underpins the distributed leadership element of the Action Plan for Education (DES). The Action Learning Communities promote cluster building between schools; also a key element of the Action Plan.

Comhar: Middle Leaders Programme

The PDST Middle Leadership programme consists of a series of leadership development workshops for Middle Leadership (Assistant Principal I and Assistant Principal II) for both primary and post-primary schools.


Meitheal is a participant-led leadership development programme that is responsive to the individual professional needs of experienced principals. It draws upon the skills and techniques associated with coaching. A skilled facilitator works collaboratively with small groups (4 – 6 participants) using a developmental model to enhance leadership skills and develop more critically reflective school leaders.

One Day Seminars

Open to all principals, these seminars explore key current leadership and management issues. They are tailored to meet the requirements of the Action Plan for Education and the evolving needs of leadership in the Irish context.


The PDST Leadership team use the Leadership and Management Domain in Looking at Our School (2016) to gauge the most appropriate supports and experiences needed to advance the skillsets of school leaders. This framework allows for professional reflection and will underpin professional development into the future.



Also informing all our programmes are five key principles of leadership, developed by Irish school leaders in 2005:



Additional Personal Support

Our experienced PDST school leadership team offers personalised support to principals as professional challenges arise in their own school context or in the areas of staff development and performance issues. Assistance is also provided to promote school development planning with particular reference to the organisational policies.


The PDST School Leadership team wishes you every success in your work and looks forward to meeting many of you on our programmes in the coming year.