One Day Seminar

School Self-Evaluation (SSE) Seminars for Primary School Principals will run from the 4th of April 2018 in various venues around the country. Please apply by clicking on venue links below:


These seminars are designed for recently appointed principals and for principals seeking support in the re-engagement with the SSE process in their schools.


The seminars aim to support principals by:


  • outlining the various resources and strategies available to them towards schools re-engaging with the SSE process
  • exploring the revised SSE Guidelines 2016-2020 and Looking at our School 2016, A Quality Framework for Primary Schools to support this re-engagement with the SSE process.
  • outlining relevant policy updates
  • providing participants with opportunities to explore the SSE process using practical examples as well as opportunities to share practice with other school leaders.


Participants are asked to bring copies of the School Self Evaluation Guidelines 2016-2020 and Looking at our School 2016, A Quality Framework for Primary Schools.

Note : The Department of Education and Skills will provide substitute cover where necessary for Teaching Principals attending this seminar.

Travel allowance will be provided to participants. Lunch will be provided to participants on the day.

To apply for seminars please click on the links below:
26 April 2018: Nenagh Abbeycourt Hotel
27 April 2018: Clare Education Centre
27 April 2018: Navan Education Centre
27 April 2018: Monaghan Education Centre
27 April 2018: Dublin West Education Centre
27 April 2018: Athlone, Venue TBC
30 April 2018: Castlebar, Venue TBC
30 April 2018: Wexford Education Centre
30 April 2018: Macroom, Castle Hotel
30 April 2018: Tralee Education Centre
2 May 2018: Drumcondra Education Centre
2 May 2018: Kildare Education Centre
2 May 2018: Waterford Education Centre
3 May 2018: Donegal Town, Venue TBC
3 May 2018: Kilkenny Education Centre
4 May 2018: Laois Education Centre
14 May 2018: Carrick-on-Shannon Education Centre
14 May 2018: Blackrock Education Centre

If there are no places left on seminars of your choice and you would like to add your name to our SSE seminar waiting list please add your details at the link below.

PDST is planning to role out further SSE seminars.

SSE seminar waiting list




The One Day Seminars are offered to school leaders. The purpose of the ‘One Day Seminars’ is to address current areas of concern as raised by school leaders in the feedback evaluations from our core leadership programmes. The outline below serves as an insight into the various topics addressed at these seminars over the past two academic years. Substitute cover is provided by the DES for the seminars for teaching principals and it is anticipated that this will continue for future seminars of this nature to ensure maximum access for school principals. Our  seminars are also offered through the medium of the Irish language in Gaeltacht areas and in a number of central locations.






Comments from 2017


"Great opportunity to learn best practice away from the school environment. Lovely to meet up with teaching principals and learn from their experience as sub cover was provided for them. Appreciated the valuable input made by teaching principals.Beneficial time to reflect on own practice and to connect with the leadership of learning part of principal's role."


"Every principal should attend this course. It was so practical and informative."


"Excellent seminar. Very informative with practical advice and valuable information given, all queries were answered and facilitators were available afterwards to answer any queries."