Post Primary Leadership

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PDST School Leadership (post-primary) provides professional learning opportunitites for practising school leaders. In our role supporting school leaders in Irish post-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 programme of induction for newly appointed deputy principals and acting deputy principals. It offers participants support in key areas of school leadership. It examines factors which impact on the school’s learning culture drawing upon Looking at our School 2016.


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 Leaders working together as a team promotes the development of distributed and middle leadership which is a key element of Goal 3 of the Action Plan for Education. The Action Learning Networks promote cluster building between schools

Middle Leaders Programme

School leadership teams have been invited to apply for this new programme. Please follow the links to apply for your prefered venue.


Líonraí are affiliation networks for Deputy Principals which promote personal as well as group development. Sessions explore current leadership issues, facilitate professional learning and share good practice. They also develop the tenets of distributed leadership as envisaged in the Action Plan for Education.


All PDST School Leadership programmes aim to increase both competence and capability.  Through increased confidence school leaders feel empowered to lead in the challenging and complex environment in which they operate. 


All our programmes are underpinned by the key dimensions of the leadership role of

  • The Self as Leader
  • Leading the Organisation
  • Leading People
  • Leading Change
  • Leading the Community
  • Leading Teaching and Learning

All PDST Leadership and Planning programmes aim to increase confidence, competence and knowledge among participants thereby enabling school leaders to respond to the challenging and complex environment in which they operate. The PDST Leadership and Planning team envisions an array of programme in which leadership is understood as a collaborative process based upon respect and the valuing of collegiality. Our model aims to build capacity and is divided into four domains:


Informing these domains are five principles:



The PDST Leadership and Planning team wishes you every success in your work and looks forward to meeting many of you on its programmes in the next school year. The pace of change in education is gathering pace and schools are set to become a key focus in the change agenda. In such an environment

“leadership requires a different face and alternative to existing models” 

(Stoll et al: 2003: 13)