Droichead (Covid 19) 2020/2022

Form D – I have completed my Droichead process. How should I submit my Droichead Form D?

Upon completion of the Droichead process, you may complete the online Form D. The Droichead Form D will be made available online on www.teachingcouncil.ie at the end of December 2021. When the Form D is made available you may access it by selecting “Login/My Registration”, then “My Conditions” and the “View Details “ option on your Droichead condition. You may then select the option to complete your Droichead Form D.

Form D – What is the deadline for the submission of my Form D?

The 2021/2022 Form D must be submitted prior to 29 July 2022.

Form D – Can my online teaching and learning be counted?

With the agreement of your PST/Principal, online teaching and learning can be counted towards the period of practice required for Droichead.

Strand A - How many observations are required? Will observations carried out online be accepted? Is one observation done by PST and one by NQT sufficient?

It is recommended that there would be at least two of each type of classroom observation (observations by the NQT, and observations of the NQT’s practice), and that the exact number, and the classes observed, should be based on discussions between the NQT and the PST. Where the PST(s) believe that you have engaged fully in a quality induction process, they have observed sufficient elements of your practice, and have had sufficient professional conversations, they can sign your Form D.

Strand B – Will Cluster Meeting 1 still be available in Term 2/3?

Yes, Cluster Meeting 1 will still be available in Term 2 and 3. They are facilitated by the NIPT. You may register to complete Cluster Meeting(s) via the NIPT website.

Strand B – Do I have to complete Cluster Meeting 2 before submitting my Form D?

Any NQT who commenced Droichead in 2021/2022 and completes the process (Strand A and Strand B) on or before 31 January 2022, does not have to complete Cluster Meeting 2, and may submit a completed Form D. Any NQT who completes the Droichead process after 31 January 2022 will be required to complete Cluster Meeting 2.

PST – There’s only one fully-trained PST member in my school. Can I still complete Droichead?

For this academic year 2021/2022, on an exceptional basis, additional flexibility has been introduced to support the Droichead process for both teachers and schools/PST members. Where only one fully trained PST member is available, please contact the NIPT for advice at info@teacherinduction.ie on how you may proceed with your application. 

Absences – I have started the Droichead process in 2021/2022, but due to illness or self-isolation relating to Covid-19, I have found myself unable to teach for a period of time. Will I have to recommence the process?

Where a teacher is unable to continue to engage in the Droichead process due to Covid-19 related illness or self-isolation, the process may continue on return to the teaching post and extend to allow completion of the required elements of Strand A and Strand B.

Absences - Will the time gap arising from illness/self-isolation be considered as a break in service?

No, the time gap arising from illness/self-isolation will not be considered as a break in service.

Incomplete process – I commenced the Droichead process in 2021/2022, but due to illness or self-isolation relating to Covid-19, I was unable to complete the process by the end of my contract/the academic year. Will I have to recommence the process?

Any NQT who commenced the Droichead process in 2021/2022, but due to Covid-19 related illness or self-isolation has not completed Strand A (school-based) by the end of the contract/academic year may bank the time and complete the balance at a future date. As Strand B can be completed online, it is anticipated that all NQTs have completed Strand B. Please contact the Conditions Section at conditions@teachingcouncil.ie if you require further information.

Incomplete process – I commenced the Droichead process in 2021/2022, but due to illness or self-isolation relating to Covid-19, I was unable to complete all my observations by the end of my contract/the academic year (Strand A, School-based Induction). Will I have to recommence the process?

Any NQT who commenced the Droichead process in 2021/2022, but due to Covid-19 related illness or self-isolation did not get an opportunity to complete all observations by the end of the contract/academic year may bank the time and elements completed. They may then complete their observations at a future date . Please contact the Conditions Section at conditions@teachingcouncil.ie if you require further information.

Incomplete process – Due to illness/self-isolation relating to Covid-19, I haven’t been able to complete the Droichead process fully in 2021/2022. When I re-apply in the future, will I be required to complete the Cluster Meeting(s)/Professional Learning Activity again?

No, you won’t be required to complete them again.

Incomplete process - If I complete my Droichead process in two different schools, will the time gap between the end of my first contract and the date I start my new position be considered as a break in service?

No, the time gap between the end of the contract/academic year and the date you start a new position will not be considered as a break in service.