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PRIMARY NQT DROICHEAD

Please find below Important Droichead Update Sept 2020

Droichead:

Cluster Meeting 1

As in previous years, NQTs must apply for Droichead via the ‘My Registration’ portal on www.teachingcouncil.ie and receive a confirmation email from the Teaching Council before registering for Cluster Meeting 1.

Cluster Meeting 1 will be available online only during Term 1 2020. It is anticipated that this provision will begin during early October via our online learning platform https://onlinelearning.teacherinduction.ie. NIPT will monitor the completion of Cluster Meeting 1 during this time.

Our website will be updated when this becomes available and the Teaching Council (www.teachingcouncil.ie) will publish the date on which applications for the Droichead process will open.

PST Training

Unfortunately, PST Mentor Training will  not be facilitated face-to-face in Term 1. Initially, RDOs will facilitate this training via the Zoom platform. It is anticipated that these events will begin late September/early October. NIPT Office, Dublin West Education Centre, Old Blessington Road, Tallaght. Dublin 24. Tel: 01-4528020, e: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. www.teacherinduction.ie

 

 

The Teaching Council has informed NIPT that, following its meeting on 8th June 2020, Council has published updated Droichead Interim Measures for NQTs and PSTs engaging in the Droichead process during the 2019/2020 school year. These are available on the Council’s website here and are also below for your convenience. 

Droichead Covid-19 Guidelines for NQTs 2019/2020 (Updated June 2020)

Droichead Covid-19 Guidelines for Professional Support Team members (PSTs) 2019/2020 (Updated June 2020)

The Council has decided that any NQT who has completed Strand A, the in-school elements of Droichead in the school year 2019/2020, within the minimum period of time, and who may have one or more elements of Strand B outstanding, may submit a completed Form D once the PST co-signs the form in the usual way. On receipt of a completed form, the NQTs registration will be updated and the condition removed.

For the avoidance of doubt, this means that any:

  • Time spent engaging in Droichead after 12th March can be included in the verification of the Droichead process.
  • Quality remote teaching and learning including online observations and professional conversations can also be included.

NQTs who have not completed strand A within the minimum period of time by the end of the school year can still bank their time and any activities completed, towards Droichead in the next school year (2020/2021) on an exceptional basis only, due to the Covid-19 restrictions.

To expedite processing the Teaching Council is accepting Form Ds by email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Please note, electronic signatures are not accepted on forms received by email. Form Ds which have been submitted by NQTs are queued for processing in rotation. 

As you are aware, NIPT has set up a dedicated email account (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) which PST members are welcome to use in case their query is not addressed in the attached documents. NQTs are advised to contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if their queries are not addressed in their attached document, ensuring to include their registration number on all correspondence.

 

Notice for Primary NQTs undertaking Droichead as a route to Induction:

From September 2017, Droichead is the sole route of Induction for NQTs in SEN settings.

From September 2018, Droichead is the sole route of Induction in large primary schools of 16 (or more) classroom teachers.

NQTs who are engaging in the Droichead process must attend one 2-hour cluster meeting per term for the duration of their Droichead process.

Cluster meetings may be attended only by NQTs who have applied for Droichead to The Teaching Council via ‘My Registration’ portal on its website (www.teachingcouncil.ie) and received a confirmation email.

The National Cluster Meeting Schedule will accompany the confirmation email and NQTs must register with the Education Centre to attend a cluster meeting.

All NQTs engaging in the Droichead process must attend Cluster Meeting 1 before attending Cluster 2 and/or 3.

At cluster meetings, NQTs will present Form D to be stamped by the facilitator as proof of attendance. Form D is available at www.teachingcouncil.ie. Please have this form with you on the night.

In addition to cluster meetings, NQTs who are engaging in the Droichead process should also engage in one other professional learning activity. This may include attendance at an NIPT workshop which NQTs must register with the EC to attend.

The Teaching Council now allows that NQTs who have fulfilled the 20-hour Induction Workshop Programme requirement prior to applying for Droichead are required to attend Cluster Meeting 1, only.

 Please find below the timelines for the incremental growth of Droichead in primary schools. If they wish, schools in any category may opt in to Droichead, prior to the dates set out below.

Further information, including the Droichead policy, is available on www.teachingcouncil.ie

Primary Schools

2017/2018
Droichead the route of induction for NQTs in SEN settings or in large primary schools where there is a principal and 24 or more mainstream (classroom) teachers

2018/2019
Droichead the route of induction for NQTs in SEN settings and in large primary schools with 16 or more classroom teachers

2019/2020
Droichead the route of induction for NQTs in SEN settings and in all primary schools with administrative principals

2020/2021
Droichead the route of induction for all primary NQTs

Further information, including the Droichead policy, is available on www.teachingcouncil.ie

Important Information for NQTs regarding their registration requirements for the Teaching Council:

● If an NQT is teaching in a school with 16 or more classroom teachers (Primary), or 400 or more students (Post-Primary) or in an SEN Setting, the only route of Induction is via the Droichead process.
● Schools outside of the above categories are also offering Droichead. NQTs are asked to check with their schools as only one process can be offered at school level (i.e. Droichead or PQE [PP] / Probation [P].
● Engagement in the NIPT Induction Workshop Programme is a requirement for NQTs who are completing Probation (Primary) or PQE (Post-Primary).
● Attendance at workshops is not a requirement for NQTs engaging in the Droichead process.
● NQTs participating in Droichead may count a workshop as an Additional Professional Learning Activity, to address a professional learning need identified by them, in consultation with their PST.

Cluster Meeting Information

Cluster 1 Meeting, which is a compulsory for  Primary NQTS who are undertaking Droichead as a route to induction, and have not already completed Cluster 1.
Cluster 2 Meeting is for Primary NQTs undertaking Droichead as route to induction and have completed Cluster 1.
Cluster 3 Meeting is for Primary NQTs undertaking Droichead as route to induction and have completed at least Cluster 1 (and Cluster 2, depending on the duration of the NQTs’ Droichead process),

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