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Leadership at all levels
Welcome to the third webinar in the 2021 Learning for All series from the Teaching Council and Professional Development Service for Teachers (PDST) where we aim to support teaching and learning by connecting good ideas across school communities.

The focus of this webinar is on leadership in our schools during the phased reopening, with an emphasis on the importance of connections and partnerships within the school community. Schools are complex, evolving places, where effective and sustainable leadership can be a challenging task.

The panel will explore the role played by the entire school community in leadership and the role it plays in empowering teachers, parents, students and others. There will be a particular focus on middle leaders in the broadest sense of that term.

Facilitator - Tomás Ó Ruairc, Director of the Teaching Council
  1. Cillian Doyle, Student in Wexford CBS
  2. Jennifer Cherry, Parent and ATP Lead in St Francis Xavier Senior National School
  3. Linda Rogers, Teacher in Ramsgrange Community School, Wexford
  4. Rachel O'Connor, Principal of Ramsgrange Community School, Wexford
  5. Stephen Gammell, Team Leader with the Professional Development Service for Teachers (PDST)
Registration now open
for live webinar on 28 April
28 April 2021 4.30PM
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PDST Leadership Supports
The PDST Leadership Team are a team of experienced school leaders who provide a variety of individual and team supports for school leaders. This includes programmes, seminars and workshops as well as in school supports for individual leaders and leadership teams.

Specifically we draw your attention to the following supports that are relevant to the context of the upcoming webinar.
Subject Leadership Seminar

The PDST Leadership Team are facilitating a newly designed, full-day seminar to support schools in developing whole school approaches to subject leadership and subject planning. This is for schools looking to address the challenges of subject leadership at a whole school level. The seminar participants are two subject leaders and a member of senior management in the school.

When are they?
These seminars will be provided on line on April 20th, 27th and 28th 2021. Further information and application process at

'Comhar' is a professional development programme designed to develop the leadership skills of Assistant Principals to enhance their efficacy so they can effectively occupy positions of strategic importance in their schools. It is a fully funded Department of Education and Skills programme which explores leadership themes of vision, culture, role, leadership of learning and teaching, change, communication, conflict and wellbeing. The Looking at Our School 2016 quality framework is utilised throughout the programme to explore high-quality teaching, learning and leadership. Comhar affords participants the opportunity to consider demands in the context of current challenges and helps school leaders build skills, knowledge and attitudes through reflection on practice, dialogue and school initiatives. Application process to begin in September 2021

Tánaiste is a one year professional development programme for Newly Appointed Deputy Principals developed by the Professional Development Service for Teachers (PDST). The programme aims to support Deputy Principals over the course of their first year as senior school leaders. The Tánaiste programme Team is dedicated to growing participants' knowledge and confidence as well as key leadership skills and dispositions which will help to sustain them in their new roles. Applications now open.

Líonraí are affiliation networks for Post Primary Deputy Principals which promote personal as well as group development. Sessions explore current leadership issues, facilitate professional learning and share good practice. They also develop the tenets of distributed leadership as envisaged in the Action Plan for Education. The Lionra Support is available to those who have completed the Tánaiste programme. For more information contact
School support for Leadership

Schools can apply for a diverse range of support in school leadership through the school support process. These include support for School Self Evaluation, internal leadership development, prioritising and reviewing leadership structures within the school. Applications open at

Forbairt is a one-year programme that offers an opportunity for participant schools to enrich and enhance their knowledge and understanding of the implementation and development of school improvement. It is provided for a school leadership team, comprising of the principal, deputy principal and one/two other school leaders. It is constructed on an action learning model and is designed to support school leaders to develop their own leadership capacity, the leadership capacity of others and explore leadership in their own school context. Applications will open in May/June 2021
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