Post Primary Leadership



PDST Post 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:




The Misneach Programme of Induction for newly appointed principal teachers has provided professional development and support for the vast majority of principals appointed in the past 10 years. The programme assists principals in “walking the tightrope” of the induction to principalship and affords them the opportunity to develop as a school leader in their own school.

The Misneach Programme is offered via a blend of residential modules, local support settings, mentoring and online support. It is funded by the Department of Education and Skills.  Misneach is designed and delivered by a team of experienced school leaders

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

Tánaiste is a leadership-training programme for newly appointed Deputy Principals/Acting Deputy Principals which commences in August and concludes in the September of the following academic year.

The programme aims to support Deputy Principals over the course of their first year as senior school leaders. The Tanaiste programme Team is dedicated to growing participants’ knowledge and confidence as well as key leadership skills and dispositions which will help to sustain them in their new roles.

Tóraíocht:  The Post-Graduate Diploma in Educational Leadership (Tóraíocht) is offered in partnership between the National University of Ireland Maynooth and the Professional Development Service for Teachers (PDST).  The course is a level 9 qualification (60 Credits) and aims to enhance the capabilities of teachers in their current work and to support heir preparation for future senior leadership positions. 


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

All PDST Leadership and Planning programmes aim to increase confidence, competence and knowledge among participants thereby enabling school leaders to respond to the challenging and complex environment in which they operate. The PDST Leadership and Planning team envisions an array of programme in which leadership is understood as a collaborative process based upon respect and the valuing of collegiality. Our model aims to build capacity and is divided into four domains:


Informing these domains are five principles:



The PDST Leadership and Planning team wishes you every success in your work and looks forward to meeting many of you on its programmes in the next school year. The pace of change in education is gathering pace and schools are set to become a key focus in the change agenda. In such an environment

“leadership requires a different face and alternative to existing models” 

(Stoll et al: 2003: 13)