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Induction for NQTs in SEN and 24+ class teacher schools - 2017

Source: InTouch September 2017

From September 2017, Droichead will be the mechanism to complete induction for teachers in SEN settings and in schools with 24 or more mainstream class teachers. The INTO directive on the previous version of Droichead was lifted by the CEC who determined the directive had served its purpose in bringing about significant changes to Droichead. The Executive

The INTO directive on the previous version of Droichead was lifted by the CEC who determined the directive had served its purpose in bringing about significant changes to Droichead. The Executive also considered it important to ensure that NQTs in special education settings and NQTs employed in schools of 24+ class teachers next year have a pathway to full registration. In these

In these schools probation will be replaced by Droichead, a supported, non-evaluative induction process. The INTO made significant improvements in this process which are set to

The INTO made significant improvements in this process which are set to benefit newly-qualified teachers. Among these are:

  • Droichead is non-evaluative – principals/teachers support not evaluate NQTs through Droichead;
  • there are specific supports such as substitute cover for release time/training for teachers supporting an NQT.
  • principal teachers are not obliged to be part of a PST (Professional Support Team).
  • a teacher external to the school may be appointed to a PST.

A primary teacher in these schools will normally undertake Droichead when employed as a mainstream class teacher. Paid employment in a permanent, temporary or substitute capacity is eligible. A job-sharing teacher cannot apply for Droichead.

Where an NQT is the most appropriate teacher s/he may complete Droichead in a:

  • special class in a mainstream school;
  • class in a special school;
  • full-time resource post for pupils with low-incidence disabilities;
  • full-time learning support post;
  • combined LS/RT post.
  • SET post (from September 2017).

How does Droichead work?

There are three elements to the process:

School-based strand

The NQT is required to engage with the PST at school level. During the course of Droichead, an NQT has a number of interactions/professional conversations with experienced colleagues on the PST. Observations are a feature of Droichead including arranged observation by the NQT of more experienced teachers’practice and observation of the NQT’spractice by the PST.

Additional professional learning activities

NQTs are required to engage in one cluster meeting per term, in a local education centre facilitated by the NIPT. NQTs should also engage in one other professional learning activity, identified by themselves in accordance with their professional learning needs, in consultation with the PST.

Concluding Droichead

On completion of the school-based strand the NQT confirms s/he has engaged with school based induction, attended a cluster meeting and one other professional learning activity, engaged in reflective practice and states that they believe they are ready to move to the next stage of professional learning.

The NQT and PST jointly declare that they believe the information given by the NQT is accurate, and that they have participated in a quality teaching and learning process, and ask the Council to reflect that on the register. On receipt of this, the Council will lift the condition relating to induction from their registration.

Applying for Droichead

NQTs can apply by sending Form DR 1 to the Teaching Council www.teachingcouncil.ie within five working days of commencing employment in a Droichead school in an eligible post of minimum 60 consecutive schooldays. Full details of Droichead are available on the Teaching Council website