Please find below Important Droichead Update Sept 2020
Title: NIPT: Droichead Cluster Meeting 1
Applications for the Droichead process are now open. 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. This provision will begin in early October via the NIPT online learning platform https://onlinelearning.teacherinduction.ie and will be available for NQTs to complete during their Droichead process at any time that is convenient for them. There will not be a requirement for NQTs to register with their local EC to attend or to have Form D stamped by their EC upon completion of Cluster Meeting 1. NIPT will manage the registration and attendance process during this time.
Full details will be provided to NQTs who engage with this online cluster meeting on https://onlinelearning.teacherinduction.ie. Please monitor the NIPT website www.teacherinduction.ie for further updates.
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.
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:
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.
Notice for Primary NQTs undertaking Droichead as a route to Induction:
Droichead is the sole route of Induction for NQTs with a contract of 200 or more hours in large Post-Primary schools with 400 or more students or in SEN settings.
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 only be attended by NQTs who have applied for Droichead to the Teaching Council via the ‘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 Meeting 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 this, 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.
Please note that 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 Post-Primary schools. Schools in any category may opt in to Droichead in any of these years, if they so wish, prior to the dates set out below:
Droichead the route of induction for NQTs in SEN settings or in large post-primary schools of 700 or more students
Droichead the route of induction for NQTs in SEN settings and in large post-primary schools with 400 or more students
Droichead the route of induction for NQTs in SEN settings and in post-primary schools with 200 or more students
Droichead the route of induction for all post-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 1 Meeting, which is a compulsory for Post Primary NQTS who are undertaking Droichead as a route to induction, and have not already completed Cluster 1.
Cluster 2 Meeting is for Post Primary NQTs undertaking Droichead as route to induction and have completed Cluster 1.
Cluster 3 Meeting is for Post 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)
Any NQT who has already completed the Droichead process is asked to double check that Form D is correctly filled with no gaps/incorrect information, then post the completed form to the Teaching Council. Once normal working recommences, the Teaching Council will queue the forms for processing and update the NQT's registration accordingly.
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