Droichead is an integrated induction framework which is based on a whole school approach in supporting newly qualified teachers’ professional learning. The policy was shaped by schools who participated in the pilot phase, feedback on an ongoing basis from the National Induction Programme for Teachers (NIPT), and the research findings of the Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI). In recognition of the fact that the teacher is newly qualified, the Droichead process supports the professional learning of teachers during the induction phase of their career, with an emphasis on progression not perfection. The Droichead process consists of school-based induction (underpinned by reflective practice, mentoring and professional conversations) and additional professional learning activities (cluster meeting(s) and one other activity). The Professional Support Team (PST) consists of experienced colleagues who have completed a programme of professional learning with the NIPT, including mentor skill development. As a leader of learning in the school, the principal, while not necessarily involved in the Droichead process, fosters a learning culture in which Droichead can flourish and supports the PST in facilitating a quality induction process. Droichead standards are in place to guide the process for both the Newly Qualified Teacher (NQT) and PST members in relation to their professional learning and practice. These are explored as part of professional learning programme with the NIPT. Whilst Droichead will normally take place in a mainstream setting, the range of eligible settings has been expanded to include SEN settings. A minimum block of 60 days at primary and a minimum block of 200 hours at post-primary in an eligible setting is required to complete the Droichead process. There is no additional service requirement. Four days’ release time, withsubstitute cover, is provided for professional learning for each member of the PST. A minimum of four days’/ 22 hours’ release time, with substitute cover, is provided for the school-based induction with additional release time available depending on the number of NQTs.
|Course Start Date / Time||10-03-2020 4:30 pm|
|Course End Date / Time||26-05-2020 6:30 pm|
|Location||Wexford Education Centre|