Leadership (Primary)









Welcome to our school leadership landing page. PDST School Leadership provides professional learning opportunitites for aspiring and practising school leaders.


Since 2002, when we were the Leadership Development for Schools team (LDS) we have introduced and facilitated the following popular programmes:


Misneach: This programme is for newly appointed school principals.


Forbairt: This programme is a leadership development programme for experienced school principals and deputy principals who work together as a leadership team for the duration of the course.


Tánaiste: This is a Summer Course for newly- appointed Deputy Principals.


Tóraíocht: This is our programme for aspiring school leaders that is operated in partnership with Maynooth University.


All PDST School Leadership programmes aim to increase both competence and capability.  Through increased confidence school leaders feel empowered to lead in the challenging and complex environment in which they operate. 


All our programmes are underpinned by the key dimensions of the leadership role of


•    The Self as Leader


•   Leading the Organisation


•    Leading People


•    Leading Change


•    Leading the Community


•    Leading Teaching and Learning



Informing these domains are five key principles of leadership, developed by Irish School Leaders in 2005:



The PDST School Leadership team wishes you every success in your work and looks forward to meeting many of you on our programmes in the coming year.