What is Droichead

Droichead is an integrated induction framework for newly qualified teachers (NQTs). It has been designed to reflect the importance of the induction phase on the teacher’s lifelong learning journey. It marks the point where the new teacher is formally welcomed into the profession of teaching having completed the initial teacher education phase.

Droichead includes both school-based and additional professional learning activities to meet the needs of teachers as they begin their career. It is made available in primary schools, post-primary schools, special schools and in Centres of Education in which a post-primary curricular subject(s) is being taught, where such schools or centres have been registered by the National Induction Programme for Teachers (NIPT) as participants in the Droichead process.

A teacher has dual registration in primary and post-primary. If he/she completes Droichead in one setting, will it remove the condition in both settings?

Once Droichead has been completed in one sector it does not have to be repeated in a second sector for registration purposes. Engagement in Droichead in a second sector is likely to be a valuable learning experience for teachers navigating the transition from one sector to another, but it is not a Council requirement

How is the Droichead condition fulfiled?

In order to fulfil the Droichead condition, a teacher is required to:

a) Complete a period of professional practice in an eligible setting

b) Engage in the Droichead process, which includes a combination of both school-based induction and additional professional learning activities

c) Have a recommendation made by (an) experienced fellow professional(s), following the Droichead process, that they are ready to move to the next phase on the continuum of teacher education.

What is the main objective of the Droichead process

The main objective of the Droichead process is to support the professional learning of NQTs during the induction phase, thus laying the foundations for subsequent professional growth and learning for the next phase of their career.

What are the teaching positions in a primary school that are recognised for the purposes of completing the Droichead process?

A primary school teacher will normally undertake the Droichead process when employed as a mainstream class teacher in a recognised primary school.. As a general rule, paid employment in a permanent, temporary or substitute capacity is eligible, where the teacher is teaching all 11 subjects of the Primary School Curriculum, including Irish, to a mainstream class of pupils (single or multi-grade) for the entire school day.

Other than in exceptional circumstances, schools should deploy NQTs in a mainstream setting. In certain circumstances, where the NQT is the most appropriate teacher to support the needs of pupils, they may complete the Droichead process in one of the following roles:

a) special class teacher in a mainstream school

b) teacher in a special school

c) full-time resource teacher of pupils with low-incidence disabilities (as defined by the DES)

d) full-time learning support teacher

e) a role which combines both d) and e) above (LS/RT post).

 In the above cases, the period of employment must involve teaching the same cohort of pupils (save for exceptional absences). As part of the Droichead process, the school should also endeavour to ensure that there are opportunities for the newly qualified teacher to teach in a mainstream setting, which would include the teaching and learning of Gaeilge in a mainstream class, in collaboration with the class teacher.

What are the teaching positions in a post-primary school that are recognised for the purposes of completing the Droichead process?

A post-primary teacher will normally undertake the Droichead process when employed in a recognised school teaching a post-primary curricular subject(s) to a designated class on the school's timetable.

A teacher may also complete the Droichead process where they are employed in one of the following roles:

a)       post-primary teacher in a mainstream school employed in a learning support, special needs or language support position

b)      a special school where a proportion of the pupils attending the school are of post-primary age, and where the teacher is teaching a post-primary curricular subject(s) to such pupils, or

c)      a Centre for Education where a post-primary curricular subject(s) is being taught.

Can an NQT who is employed in a job-sharing capacity apply for Droichead?

A primary teacher who is employed in a job sharing capacity will not have the required 60 consecutive days post qualification practice requirement and will therefore be unable to participate in the Droichead process. A post-primary teacher employed in a job sharing may be able to apply for Droichead, provided they are working in an eligible setting.

I am a primary school teacher. What is the minimum duration of the Droichead process?

A primary teacher must complete a minimum block of 60 consecutive school days in an eligible setting from the date on which he/she was first appointed to a post recognised for Droichead purposes in a primary school..

It should be noted that this is an absolute minimum period of practice and the Council believes that, where your practice in a school exceeds those thresholds, it is advisable to defer the completion of the process until nearer the end of your time at the school. 

I am a post-primary school teacher. What is the minimum duration of the Droichead process?

A post-primary teacher must complete a minimum of 200 hours’ teaching employment in an eligible setting from the date on which they were first appointed to a post recognised for Droichead purposes in a post-primary school.

It should be noted that this is an absolute minimum period of practice and the Council believes that, where your practice in a school exceeds those thresholds, it is advisable to defer the completion of the process until nearer the end of your time at the school.

When do I apply to Limerick Education Centre for the Droichead process using form DR1?

You should apply to Limerick Education Centre (LEC) within five working days of commencing employment in a Droichead school:

  • in an eligible setting and
  • in an eligible post of minimum duration of at least 60 consecutive school days (in the case of primary) or a block of 200 hours (in the case of post- primary)