Primary NQT Droichead

Notice for Primary NQTs undertaking Droichead as a route to Induction:

From September 2017, Droichead is the sole route to Induction for NQTs in SEN settings and in large primary schools of 24 (or more) classroom teachers.

NQTs who are engaging in the Droichead process must attend one 2-hour cluster meeting per term for the duration of their Droichead process.

NQTs must register with the Education Centre to attend a cluster meeting. Cluster meetings may only be attended by NQTs who have submitted a DR1 Form via the Teaching Council website (www.teachingcouncil.ie). DR1 Forms must be submitted by NQTs within 5 working days of commencement of the Droichead process. The National Cluster Meeting Schedule will be sent to all NQTs who submit a DR1 Form.

All NQTs engaging in the Droichead process must attend Cluster Meeting 1 before attending Cluster 2 and 3.

At cluster meetings, NQTs will present Form D to be stamped by the facilitator as proof of attendance. Form D is available at www.teachingcouncil.ie.  Please have this form with you on the night.

In addition to this, NQTs who are engaging in the Droichead process should also engage in one other professional learning activity. This may include attendance at an NIPT workshop which NQTs must register with the EC to attend.

Please find below the timelines for the incremental growth of Droichead in primary schools.  If they wish, schools in any category may opt in to Droichead, prior to the dates set out below.

Dates Primary Schools
2017/2018 Droichead the route of induction for NQTs in SEN settings or in large primary schools where there is a principal and 24 or more mainstream (classroom) teachers
2018/2019 Droichead the route of induction for NQTs in SEN settings and in large primary schools with 16 or more classroom teachers
2019/2020 Droichead the route of induction for NQTs in SEN settings and in all primary schools with administrative principals
2020/2021 Droichead the route of induction for all primary NQTs

Further information, including the Droichead policy, is available on www.teachingcouncil.ie

Cluster 1 Meeting

For Primary NQTS who are undertaking Droichead as a route to induction will take place in will take place in West Cork Education Centre, The Square Dunmanway, from 4.30pm to 6.30pm on the following date:

Thursday 25th January 2018

To register for this Cluster, please contact the centre by phone on 023/8856756 or by email at info@westcorkeducationcentre.ie.

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Cluster 2 Meeting

For Primary NQTS who are undertaking Droichead as a route to induction will take place in will take place in West Cork Education Centre, The Square Dunmanway, from 4.30pm to 6.30pm on the following date:

Thursday 8th February 2018

Thursday 15th March 2018

To register for this Cluster, please contact the centre by phone on 023/8856756 or by email at info@westcorkeducationcentre.ie.

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The National Induction Programme for Teachers (NIPT) will host a Droichead Information Seminar in Cork on January 10th 2018. Please see times & venues below:

Date Venue Time
10th January 2018 West Cork Education Centre       11.30am – 1pm
10th January 2018 Cork Education Support Centre       4pm – 5.30pm

 

The session, aimed at principals who would like to offer the Droichead process, will provide information on

  • The Droichead Process
  • Choosing a Professional Support Team
  • Professional Support Team Training
  • Getting started…

Tea, coffee and sandwiches will be provided a half hour before the seminar.

As this is a short seminar, sub-cover will not be provided.

If you would like to attend this seminar, please contact  West Cork Education Centre on 023/8856756 or by reply to this email, or Carol in Cork Education Support Centre by Monday 8th  January 2018.

If you have any other queries in regards to the Droichead process, please contact Áine Kilbride, NIPT Primary Administrative Assistant on 01 4528016 or ainekilbride@teacherinduction.ie