Droichead (bridge in Irish) is the enhanced model of induction for Newly Qualified Teachers (NQTs).
It has been designed in collaboration with the profession to reflect the importance of induction for new teachers as they are formally welcomed into the most important profession in society. It is grounded in the belief that those best placed to conduct this formal welcome are experienced colleagues who have relevant and in-depth knowledge of teaching and learning in their respective schools. It also reflects the findings of the ESRI research that was conducted during the pilot phase. For further details please click the links below.
Invitation to schools
Schools interested in registering for Droichead are invited to complete the Droichead registration form here, www.teacherinduction.ie
Shared Learning Bursary
A Shared Learning bursary of €500 is available for Droichead and non-Droichead schools that wish to come together as Droichead shared learning networks. Such Droichead networks will engage in a range of activities to support shared learning and collaboration. Although the Council does not intend to prescribe the activities in which a school must engage in order to be eligible, it does suggest that networks are likely to involve meetings between principals and staff of network schools, sharing resources and templates, observations by NQTs of teachers in other network schools, etc.
This bursary will be paid in a similar manner to the research bursary that supported the pilot phase; i.e., schools need to confirm their participation in a network with other schools, but no further paperwork will be required by the Council. Droichead networks may vary in size from two schools to networks of four or more. Each network must include at least one Droichead school, schools can be cross-sectoral and there is a maximum of €2,000 per network.
Relevant application forms are now available to download here.
Teaching Council Statement on Droichead
On the 16 March 2017, the Teaching Council announced a number of significant changes to Droichead, the enhanced model of professional induction for newly qualified teachers. The changes have been made following the Council's review of Droichead, our engagement with stakeholders and in line with Council's ongoing commitment to periodic policy review. Click here to read the full statement.
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