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Instructional Leadership and Current Educational Policy

Instructional Leadership and Current
Educational Policy

A striking feature of the Irish educational
policy landscape over recent years has been
the extent of change in a range of areas,
within the context of the formalisation of the
profession of teaching in the emergence of the
Teaching Council.

These changes include:

• junior cycle reform
• school self-evaluation
• literacy and numeracy
• initial teacher education and induction
• models of continuous professional development
The emergence of the Instructional Leadership Programme
has coincided with this raft of policy change. It is evident
that the programme offers teachers and schools an invaluable
medium by which much of this change can be realised.

Steering Committee Update

  • Joan Russell  (Chairperson) - Project Officer for Instructional Practices ETBI
  • Tadhg Long (Hon Secretary) - Principal St. Fanahan’s College, Cork
  • Gerard O’ Sullivan (PRO) - Deputy Principal Davis College, Cork
  • Paula Fitzpatrick (Recording Secretary) - PA to Project Officer for Instructional Practices
  • Finn O’ Mhurchu - UCC, Cork
  • John Kearney - Chief Executive Cavan / Monaghan ETB
  • Rosaleen O’ Neill - Principal Avondale Community College, Wicklow
  • Carmel Kelly - Principal CastleIsland Community College, Kerry
  • Michael Moriarty - General Secretary  of ETBI 
  • Ann Marie Killen - Deputy Principal Coláiste na Sceilge
  • Eugene Power - Principal St. Declan’s Community College, Waterford
  • Anne McHugh - Chief Executive  of Donegal ETB
  • Gerry Maloney - St. David’s Holy Faith Secondary School, Wicklow

Barrie Bennett Returns to Lead the Tullow Workshops with Cohorts 4 and 5

Barrie Bennett Returns to Lead the Tullow Workshops with Cohorts 4 and 5

The fourth and fifth cohorts of teachers will convene in the Mount Wolseley resort in
Tullow during the last week in September for their latest series of seminars with Barrie. These cohorts include representatives from the voluntary and community/ comprehensive schools sectors as well as vocational schools and community colleges, while Youthreach centres and adult/ further education centres are also involved. 
Notably, the DES inspectorate is also represented, a welcome
acknowledgement of the increasingly visible effect of IL in subject inspections and whole school evaluations. Since its inception in 2008, over 600 teachers have engaged with the Instructional Leadership Programme, representing 185 post primary schools and 29 Youthreach and FE centres. 

Cohort 1 - 132
Cohort 2  - 159
Cohort 3 - 96
Cohort 4 - 129
Cohort 5 - 116
Total: 632

Cohort 6 is enrolling for Spring 2015
Notification will issue in October 2014
We wish the best of luck to all at the Tullow sessions this autumn, especially the 129 principals and teachers who will graduate.