Droichead: The Integrated Professional Induction Framework

Droichead  is an integrated professional induction framework for newly qualified teachers.Droichead Logo

Droichead 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. 

Droichead recognises the effectiveness of the reconceptualised programmes of initial teacher education and particularly the extended school placement, in the professional preparation of student teachers. It builds on that phase, taking as its starting point the areas for further learning that have been identified by the NQT in collaboration with the HEI as part of the school placement experience. At the same time, it recognises that induction is a distinct phase of the continuum of teacher education, a socialisation process into the teaching profession. This integrated framework includes both school-based and additional professional learning activities to address the needs of teachers as they begin their careers.

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Teaching Council statement on the implementation of revised Droichead policy 11 May 2017

Following clarification from the Department of Education and Skills on the resourcing of Droichead, the induction framework for newly qualified teachers (NQTs), the Teaching Council has decided to proceed with implementation of its revised Droichead policy with immediate effect.

 At its meeting on 8 May, the Council noted the resources to support the growth and implementation of Droichead which have been confirmed by the Department of Education and Skills.