Droichead is designed to reflect the importance of the induction phase on the teacher’s lifelong learning journey.
Droichead (the Irish word for bridge) is designed to reflect the importance of the induction phase of the teacher’s lifelong learning journey. It is a systemic welcome for newly qualified teachers into the most important profession in society. Droichead is grounded in the belief that the people best placed to conduct that formal welcome are experienced fellow professionals who know what is involved in teaching and learning in their school. At the heart of the process is mentoring; offering the newly qualified teacher a continuum of support. Schools are afforded the flexibility to adapt the model to suit their particular circumstances.
To date over 360 schools are participating in Droichead and 760 NQTs have registered for the process. They provide feedback on an ongoing basis with regard to the benefits and challenges of the process, and the professional learning needs of their school. This valuable feedback ensures that the process is developed to be supportive, rigorous and of high quality.
For principals, the process provides a structure for induction, built on professional conversations and relationships, with a specific focus on teaching and learning throughout the school.
Professional Support Team members mentor newly qualified teachers in supporting them on their continuum of professional learning within each school context. Seeking support and asking questions is central to the process.
Newly Qualified Teachers who have completed the Droichead process advise that it is important to be always open to new learning and describe the impact of their experience of Droichead on their teaching career.