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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The Induction Programme is a flexible learning programme, funded by the Department of Education, and designed to meet the particular professional learning needs of newly qualified teachers (NQTs). The programme, coordinated by the National Induction Programme for Teachers, builds on the learning that took place during initial teacher education. It can be tailored by an NQT to his or her particular circumstances. Subject to an overall minimum of 20 hours of professional learning, NQTs may combine school-based professional learning activities with off-site workshops. Any teacher who completed the Droichead process prior to the 1 September 2016 (that is, during the Droichead pilot process), or the traditional processes of Probation/PQE but has the Induction Workshop Programme condition outstanding must complete the Induction Workshop requirement. 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.

NOTE: Due to Covid 19, and in the interest of health and safety, face-to-face workshops will not run in Term 1 2020/21 and Induction Workshops will be entirely online for this term.

B. Day-time Workshops

This element consists of two cross-sectoral workshops run on the one day – Teacher Professionalism and Well-being and Inclusion held on a non-teaching day, usually a Saturday, at local Education Centre. This day will be repeated depending on demand. From October, all other workshops, once they have been offered in the schedule, may be repeated on a non-teaching day, at the discretion of the local EC. There is a maximum of 2 workshops per non-teaching day. 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: Due to Covid 19, and in the interest of health and safety, face-to-face workshops will not run in Term 1 2020/21 and Induction Workshops will be entirely online for this term.

C. Online Workshops

A suite of online workshops is available to NQTs via the NIPT online learning platform, https://onlinelearning.teacherinduction.ie/

There are 5 online workshops available to NQTs:

  • Planning and Preparation (Primary)
  • School Self-Evaluation and Planning (Post-Primary). 
  • Supporting Students with SEN in Mainstream Classes (Post-Primary)
  •  Teacher Professionalism and Well-Being NIPTWS01 (Cross-Sectoral)
  •  Múineadh na Gaeilge NIPTWS12 (Primary)

D. School-Based Induction

This element only applies to NQTs who are in a school with an NIPT trained mentor whose school has registered with the NIPT for induction release time. 

NQTs who have an NIPT trained mentor at school level, and whose school has registered with the NIPT for induction release time, may avail of up to 6 hours of school-based induction activities as part of the Teaching Council’s 20-hour Induction Programme requirement. A form available at www.teacherinduction.ie must be completed and returned to confirm the above.

NQTs who have an NIPT trained mentor, and whose school has registered with NIPT for induction release time, 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, B and C above. 

E. Workshop Programme for NQTs Teaching Abroad

In an effort to support NQTs who are teaching outside of Ireland, the NIPT and ESCI are offering such NQTs an opportunity to complete the NIPT workshop programme on Saturdays in education centres.

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

NOTE: Due to Covid 19, and in the interest of health and safety, face-to-face workshops will not run in Term 1 2020/21 and Induction Workshops will be entirely online for this term.

A suite of online workshops continues to be available via the NIPT online learning platform, https://onlinelearning.teacherinduction.ie.