Induction Workshop Programme

The National Induction Programme for Teachers (NIPT), is a State-funded support service for induction. In collaboration with the Education Centre Network (ATECI), the NIPT facilitates a 20-hour Workshop Programme for newly qualified primary and post-primary teachers (NQTs). 

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On 7 July 2014, the Council approved a new model for the induction workshop programme in response to a demand from NQTs for increased flexibility and choice.  The new model allows NQTs to choose from a number of pathways in order to fulfill the induction workshop condition. The programme has been further enhanced in 2015 to allow even further flexibility. See below for more details of the key elements of the programme.

A. Evening Workshops

This element consists of a suite of evening workshops run throughout the year at local Education Centres. NQTs can satisfy the registration requirement of the Teaching Council by attending 10 of these 2-hour evening workshops.

B. Day-time Workshops

This element consists of two cross-sectoral workshops, Child Protection and Safety (CS) and Inclusion (CS)  which will be held on a non-teaching day, usually a Saturday, at local Education Centre level. It will be offered in late August / September 2015 and may be repeated according to demand. This day is optional and NQTs may choose to attend one or both of the 2-hour workshops, thereby accumulating 2 or 4 hours of the required 20 hours.

Note that a minimum of four workshops (eight hours) must be completed from categories A and B above.

C. School-Based Induction

This element only applies to NQTs who are in a school participating in Droichead 2015/2016, or in a school with an NIPT trained mentor.

Where NQTs are employed in schools participating in the Droichead pilot in 2015/2016, they may avail of up to 6 hours of school-based work with their mentor or PST towards the 20-hour induction workshop programme requirement. They may also count up to six hours of attendance at Droichead cluster meetings (i.e.,three cluster meetings) in part-fulfilment of the Teaching Council’s 20-hour workshop programme requirement. The NIPT will provide NQTs with a form for the purpose of recording these hours throughout the year. NQTs who avail of this option must also attend a minimum of eight hours of the evening and/or day-time workshops, as outlined at A and B above”. 

NQTs who have an NIPT trained mentor, and whose school has registered with NIPT for induction release time for 2014/2015, may count up to 6 hours of school-based work with their mentor as part of the Teaching Council’s 20-hour workshop programme requirement. The NIPT will provide NQTs with a form for the purpose of recording these hours throughout the year. NQTs who avail of this option must also attend a minimum of 14 hours of the evening and/or day-time workshops, as outlined at A and B above. 

D. Workshop Programme for NQTs Teaching Abroad (2015/2016)

In an effort to support NQTs who are teaching outside of Ireland, the NIPT and ATECI are offering such NQTs an opportunity to complete the NIPT workshop programme on Saturdays in education centres during the academic year 2015/2016.

NQTs teaching outside of Ireland can register online to attend the Saturday workshop programme at www.ateci.ie.

For further information on the induction workshop programme, please visit www.teacherinduction.ie.