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A leadership development programme for principals with a minimum of five years’ experience

Meitheal is a participant-led leadership development programme that is responsive to the individual professional needs of school principals. It draws upon the skills and techniques associated with coaching.  A skilled facilitator works collaboratively with small groups (4 – 6 participants) using a developmental model to enhance leadership skills.

The Meitheal programme runs over a two-year period. The group typically meets each year for four sessions lasting approximately two hours. Each group will agree the date and time of these sessions.

Mutual trust and confidentiality form the basis of the programme.

The programme is underpinned by literature and research in the following areas:

·         Social network theory

·         Professional learning communities and communities of practice

Some testimonials from previous participants:

B'fhiú go mór dom páirt a ghlacadh i 'Meitheal' i mbliana. Tugadh comhairle, spreagadh agus eolas dom in atmaisféar a bhí cáirdiúil ,spóirtiúil agus an taitneamhach. D'fhoghlaim mé a lán agus fuair mé smaointe dearfacha ó gach éinne .

I enjoyed the support of a small group of like-minded professionals with similar experience, facing similar challenges. Meitheal provided an opportunity to discuss topics in a confidential, non-judgemental environment. I felt more comfortable contributing to the discussion in this small group than I do within larger support groups.

Meitheal was certainly valuable to me - I could air issues at this forum where I know could not elsewhere, and as the meetings progressed a sense of camaraderie developed, resulting in confidentiality being assured.

Information meetings for prospective participants will be held locally in May / June 2018, with the programme commencing in September 2018.

Classical Association of Ireland

Classical Association of Ireland

Cumann Clasaiceach na hÉireann

Limerick Branch

Hon. Secretary: Mr. Tom Seaver, “Rinnaknock”, Glenstal, Murroe, Co. Limerick.
Tel. 087 7912347;      E-mail

The following the programme of lectures has been arranged for the current Term.  All lectures are on Wednesdays, except on April 5, commencing at 7.30 p.m., in the Limerick Education Centre, Marshall House, Dooradoyle, by kind permission of the Director and Management:-

February 7:   “Ogham Stones and Greek Crosses: early Christian Ireland and the Mediterranean,”
                      by Mr. Gerald O’Carroll, Limerick author and lecturer.

February 21:  “Language in Utopia: Greek Nonsense and Classical Standards,”
                      by Dr. Jason Harris, Dept. of Classics, UCC.

March 7:    “Wool and Textile Production in the Roman World,” by Ms. Isabella Bolger, C.A.I.

March 21:   “Homo sum, humani nihil a me alienum puto”. The Roman Playwright, Publius
                     Terentius Afer”, by Mr. Patrick Ryan, M.Litt.

April 5 (Thursday)  “Small Surprises and Detours: Ovid in 2018,” by Dr. Maeve O’Brien (Dept. of
                      Classics, Maynooth University)

May 2:      “Did Socrates have to die?     By Dr. Frank Flanagan, (ex Dept of Education, M.I.C.E.)

All enquiries should be directed to the C.A.I. Branch Secretary, Tom Seaver.


PDST Programme of Support

CLARIFICATION: PDST Programme of Support

The role of the PDST in supporting schools in the implementation of the 2017 Children First National Guidance for the Protection and Welfare of Children and the 2017 DES Child Protection Procedures for Primary and Post Primary Schools is to provide:

A.    Two eLearning programmes for school personnel,  designated liaison persons (DLPs) and deputy designated liaison persons (DDLPs) as follows:

i)        Child Protection Procedures for all School Personnelis a 2 hour eLearning programme for all school personnel.                                                                                                                              

The purpose of this programme is to outline the role of all school personnel in dealing with child protection concerns and disclosures.    


ii)       Risk Assessment and the development of Child Safeguarding Statement is a 1 hour eLearning programme specifically to assist DLPs and DDLPs with the risk assessment process and the creation of a Child Safeguarding Statement using the DES templates.

Both of the above will be available from early February 2018.  Schools are permitted to close for 2 half days to facilitate engagement with the online material    

B.     Face to Face 1 day seminars for DLPs and deputy DDLPs.

These nationwide seminars are to bring DLPs and DDLPs through the 2017 Children First National Guidance and the 2017 DES Child Protection Procedures. The seminars will specifically focus on the role and responsibilities of the DLP including liaising with external agencies, supporting staff, reporting to Tulsa, communications with the Board/parents, curriculum implementation etc.

The seminars will commence in March 2018.

In light of the new statutory responsibilities and the significant new oversight measures outlined in the DES 2017 Child Protection Procedures, it is strongly recommended that schools engage in both the eLearning programmes and the face to face seminars.

Please note: Whilst PDST has a role in outlining the requirements for schools in the implementation of Children First National Guidance and the 2017 DES Child Protection Procedures, it does not have a role in advising schools or school personnel on child protection concerns and/or disclosures.

All child protection concerns/disclosures must be directed to Tusla (An Garda Síochána in an emergency) for advice or referral. Information and contact details for seeking advice and making referrals can be found at

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