Droichead: The Integrated Professional Induction Framework

Droichead  is an integrated professional induction framework for newly qualified teachers.Droichead Logo

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. 

Droichead recognises the effectiveness of the reconceptualised programmes of initial teacher education and particularly the extended school placement, in the professional preparation of student teachers. It builds on that phase, taking as its starting point the areas for further learning that have been identified by the NQT in collaboration with the HEI as part of the school placement experience. At the same time, it recognises that induction is a distinct phase of the continuum of teacher education, a socialisation process into the teaching profession. This integrated framework includes both school-based and additional professional learning activities to address the needs of teachers as they begin their careers.

DEEPEN (Droichead: Exploring and Eliciting Perspectives, Experiences and Narratives)

In Autumn 2018 the Council commissioned Marino Institute of Education and Trinity College, Dublin to research teachers’ experiences of Droichead, the professional induction framework for teachers. The research explored a range of topics, including the roles and responsibilities of those engaging in, and supporting, the Droichead process, resourcing and supports for the process, the impact of the Droichead on school culture, and the connections between the Droichead process and initial teacher education. It focuses in particular on small schools, Gaelscoileanna, DEIS (Delivering Equality of Opportunity in Schools) schools, and special education settings.

Find the full DEEPEN report on the website here.

What is Droichead?

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 Droichead Policy and Implementation Statement

The Droichead framework has been developed through extensive consultation with the profession. Since the inception of Droichead, the Teaching Council has listened carefully to the voices of the individual teachers and schools involved. These professional conversations have helped to shape Droichead into the professional induction framework that it is today. Taisce Cover

 Please click here to read the Droichead policy

Following clarification from the Department of Education and Skills on the resourcing of Droichead, the integrated induction framework for newly qualified teachers (NQTs), the Teaching Council decided to proceed with the implementation of this revised Droichead policy from the 11 May 2017.

Please click here to read the Teaching Council statement in full.

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Growth Phase for Droichead

Key changes to Droichead 

  • The revised policy makes explicit the nature of Droichead as a non-evaluative professional induction process. This means that neither principals, school colleagues nor external school colleagues will be engaged in the evaluation of NQTs for registration purposes. At the conclusion of the process the NQT and the Professional Support Team make a joint declaration that they have engaged in a quality teaching and learning process.
  • There is considerable flexibility in the revised policy vis-à-vis the role of principals, the way in which the model can operate in different schools, the size of the professional support team (PST), and the use of an external PST member to act as a mentor where necessary.
  • It acknowledges the extended programmes of Initial Teacher Education.
  • A revised and strengthened quality assurance process.
  • It provides that internship schemes cannot be used to access the Droichead programme.

In adopting the revised policy, the Council recognises that the implementation of Droichead involves a substantial input from the teaching profession and the National Induction Programme for Teachers (NIPT). In that context, I am pleased to advise that the resources to support the growth of Droichead, and ensure its viability and success, have been confirmed by the Department. These include:

      • Three days' release time with paid substitution to allow Professional Support Team members to attend NIPT training.
      • A minimum of four days' release time to facilitate schools in supporting NQTs as part of Droichead.
      • Additional release time for schools with multiple NQTs.
      • Follow-up professional development opportunities.
      • Additional resources to allow the NIPT to support schools wishing to engage in the process.

For further information in relation to the updated Droichead policy, please see

Droichead Webinars and Videos

The Teaching Council host Droichead webinars to afford teachers an opportunity to hear from, and interact with those who have experienced the Droichead process.

Click here to access all Droichead Webinars and Videos