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.

What is Droichead?

Watch this short video to find out.

Droichead Webinar June 2017 - Questions & Answers

The Teaching Council hosted a Droichead Webinar on Wednesday 14 June at 8 p.m. The webinar afforded teachers an opportunity to hear from, and interact with, a principal, newly qualified teacher and professional support team member who have experienced the Droichead process.

Click here to view the answers to all questions asked during the Droichead webinar

Click here to view the recording of the webinar

Key changes to Droichead 

  • The revised policy makes explicit the nature of Droichead as a non-evaluative professional induction process. This means that neither principals, school colleagues nor external school colleagues will be engaged in the evaluation of NQTs for registration purposes. At the conclusion of the process the NQT and the Professional Support Team make a joint declaration that they have engaged in a quality teaching and learning process.
  • There is considerable flexibility in the revised policy vis-à-vis the role of principals, the way in which the model can operate in different schools, the size of the professional support team (PST), and the use of an external PST member to act as a mentor where necessary.
  • It acknowledges the extended programmes of Initial Teacher Education.
  • A revised and strengthened quality assurance process.
  • It provides that JobBridge or any other similar internship schemes cannot be used to access the Droichead programme.
  • An extended growth phase whereby Droichead will be the route of induction for all NQTs by the 2020/2021 school year.

In adopting the revised policy, the Council recognises that the implementation of Droichead involves a substantial input from the teaching profession and the National Induction Programme for Teachers (NIPT). In that context, I am pleased to advise that the resources to support the growth of Droichead, and ensure its viability and success, have been confirmed by the Department. These include:

      •  Four days' release time with paid substitution to allow Professional Support Team members to attend NIPT training.
      •  A minimum of four days' release time to facilitate schools in supporting NQTs as part of Droichead.
      • Additional release time for schools with multiple NQTs.
      • Follow-up professional development opportunities.
      •  Additional resources to allow the NIPT to support schools wishing to engage in the process.

For further information in relation to the updated Droichead policy, please see the updated version of the policy which is available here, the Droichead form including the joint declaration by the PST and the NQT, the revised and strengthened Droichead Quality Assurance procedures and answers to Frequently Asked Questions here. Transitionary arrangements will also be published on the Council's website to give guidance to teachers who commenced fulfilling their post-qualification practice conditions before the introduction of the 2017 Droichead policy. 

We look forward to continuing to work closely with schools and stakeholders, with a view to ensuring that the growth of Droichead proceeds as smoothly and as effectively as possible. 

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 wTaisce Coverith 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.

Please click here to read the statement in full.

Please click here to read the revised Droichead policy