Droichead (bridge in Irish) is the enhanced model of induction for Newly Qualified Teachers (NQTs). This will be the recognised route of induction for all new teachers from September 2018, subject to the required resources and supporting actions being in place.
Droichead has been designed in collaboration with the profession to reflect the importance of induction for new teachers as they are formally welcomed into the most important profession in society. It is grounded in the belief that those best placed to conduct this formal welcome are experienced colleagues who have relevant and in-depth knowledge of teaching and learning in their respective schools.
There are currently more than 330 schools (primary and post-primary) registered for Droichead, with almost 400 newly qualified teachers participating in the process for 2015/2016.
Droichead Announcement, 2 March 2016
At the Shared Learning Day for Droichead (2 March 2016), Teaching Council Director Tomás Ó Ruairc announced a number of significant changes to Droichead, the integrated framework for the induction of newly qualified teachers (NQTs). These changes have been shaped by the teachers who have participated in the Droichead pilot over the past three years, including more than 750 NQTs who have engaged in the process to date. They are also a result of the Council’s reflection on the findings of the ESRI research that was conducted during the pilot phase, and which is being published today. For further details of these changes, please click the links below.
Invitation to schools
Schools interested in registering for Droichead are invited to complete the Droichead registration form here, www.teacherinduction.ie
Shared Learning Bursary
A Shared Learning bursary of €500 is available for Droichead and non-Droichead schools that wish to come together as Droichead shared learning networks. Such Droichead networks will engage in a range of activities to support shared learning and collaboration. Although the Council does not intend to prescribe the activities in which a school must engage in order to be eligible, it does suggest that networks are likely to involve meetings between principals and staff of network schools, sharing resources and templates, observations by NQTs of teachers in other network schools, etc.
This bursary will be paid in a similar manner to the research bursary that supported the pilot phase; i.e., schools need to confirm their participation in a network with other schools, but no further paperwork will be required by the Council. Droichead networks may vary in size from two schools to networks of four or more. Each network must include at least one Droichead school, schools can be cross-sectoral and there is a maximum of €2,000 per network.
Relevant application forms are now available to download here.
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