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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Droichead Quality Assurance

In line with the quality assurance processes set out in Droichead: A Guide for Schools 2015/2016, the Droichead Quality Assurance (DQA) process was initiated during the 2015/2016 school year. The purpose of the DQA process is to examine both the quality and consistency of Droichead across schools. Review panels were established and a series of school visits took place in a spirit of collegiality and collaboration. During these visits, the panel discussed the process with the principal, the professional support team and the newly qualified teacher. At the end of these visits, a report was compiled outlining the findings of the DQA panels. This report was approved by the Teaching Council on 6 March 2017 and can be found here.

Panel of External PST members

A principal may wish to establish a Droichead Professional Support Team (PST) comprised of internal school staff and one external PST member. A panel of external trained PST members can be accessed by contacting the National Induction Programme for Teachers.

Schools interested in collaborating with an external PST member should note the following:

  1. At a cluster meeting of Droichead schools, the Chair of the meeting, usually a member of the NIPT, requests expressions of interest from trained PST members who may wish to work as external PST members in other schools.  Based on these expressions of interest, a panel is created for each region, and managed by the NIPT.
  2. If a principal in a Droichead school wishes to appoint an external PST member to the school’s team, he/she should contact NIPT, who will provide the list of external PST panel members within that region and follow-up support to the school.
  3. Once the external PST member’s appointment is confirmed and agreed, it is then up to the Droichead school to work out how the external PST member will engage with the process at school level. The roles and responsibilities of each PST member and the principal may vary in different school contexts, and are therefore agreed before the Droichead process commences. Supporting a newly qualified teacher during Droichead is always a collaborative process.
  4. An external PST member usually visits the school a number of times for professional conversations with the other PST members and the NQT, and to engage in classroom observation and feedback. 
  5. In line with Droichead policy, the PST member(s) who will make the recommendation to the Teaching Council in relation to the removal of the Droichead condition is decided at school level.