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WIT to play part in developing leadership capacity in Irish Primary and Post Primary Schools

Primary and secondary teachers have until 16 June to apply

Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT) is one of six regional education institutions offering the part-time (18 months) blended learning Post Graduate Qualification in School Leadership.

The Minister for Education and Skills, Richard Bruton, TD recently officially launched a Post Graduate Qualification in School Leadership, aimed at those aspiring to senior leadership positions in schools. The establishment of this programme forms part of the Government’s Action Plan for Education (2016-2019) and it aims to develop leadership capacity in Irish Primary and Post Primary Schools.

Developed in partnership with NUIG, UCD and WIT and jointly awarded by NUIG, UCD and UL, this programme is funded by the Department of Education and Skills (DES) through the Centre for School Leadership (CSL). The programme will be a part-time (18 months) blended learning professional diploma, delivered locally in six regional locations throughout the country (UL, NUIG, UCD, WIT, CIT and St. Angela’s Sligo). The programme is administered by the School of Education and Continuing Professional Education (CPE) at UL, where it was launched.

"We are delighted to partner with UL, UCD and NUIG on this important national initiative. It further contributes to our work in the field of continued professional development for teachers and our existing portfolio of programmes for educators. WIT will be one of six regional centres where the programme will be delivered and the programme will start in September 2017. For further details and to apply for the programme, go to http://www.ul.ie/cpe/pdsl," said Dr Helen Murphy, Head of Department of Education, WIT.

The course will provide a blended learning experience for the participants as they engage with modules. Modules will be offered in a variety of delivery modes including on-line, distance learning and face-to-face modalities.

The Programme will address the four areas of leadership capacity in the new Quality Framework for Leadership and Management published by the Inspectorate of the Department of Education and Skills in 2016:

- Leading Teaching and Learning

- Managing the Organisation

- Leading School Development

- Developing Leadership Capacity

Other significant aspects of the Programme include work placement in a school other than the participant’s own and in a context outside that of education, engagement in reflective practice, in collaborative action research and opportunities to work in professional learning communities. Participants will also take a module on mentoring and coaching as leadership tools in Irish education. There will be specific provision for teachers in Irish-medium schools in NUI Galway.

The course will be open to approximately 200 participants annually. “I am delighted to announce our new postgraduate qualification in school leadership and our new coaching service,” said Minister for Education and Skills, Richard Bruton.

“The quality of the learning environment is critical to how children develop their competences. With changing technology and changing expectations, school leaders are required to operate in a much more complex environment,” he continued.

“Success in education is built on the quality of leadership, the ingenuity in teaching, the support in the community for learning. We are lucky in Ireland to have such a dedicated and committed teaching profession, with school leaders of the highest calibre,” Minister Bruton added.

The course will be open to approximately 240 participants annually. The online application system for the first intake is open until 16 June, 2017.

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