The Professional Development Service for Teachers (PDST) is a cross-sectoral support service under the remit of the Teacher Education Section of the Department of Education and Skills (DES) and is managed by Dublin West Education Centre (DWEC). The PDST offers professional development support to primary and post-primary teachers and school leaders. The work of the PDST contributes to school improvement by providing high quality CPD on curricular and educational issues, fostering reflective practice and ongoing development among teachers and school leaders.



Amongst the priorities for the Department of Education and Skills for the coming years is the implementation of proposals to improve literacy and numeracy in both primary and post-primary schools. Other key priorities include support for implementing the new Primary Language Curriculum, school leadership, school self-evaluation, health and wellbeing, post primary subjects and programmes and the Digital Strategy for Schools.







There are opportunities available and panels may be formed from which successful candidates may be appointed as:


School year 2018/19


a) Team Leader for CPD Design and Research;


b) Team Leader for Leadership (including School Improvement  and Section 24 supports);


School year 2019/20


c) Advisor for Digital Technologies (Primary) - This advisor will primarily work in the West/North West region - Sligo, Mayo, Donegal, Roscommon and Galway.


For further details on these full time secondment positions, including a job description and application form, please click on the links in the table below. This information is also available upon request from


The closing date for applications is Thursday 28th March 2019 at 3pm.




Job Descriptions

Application Forms

Team Leader for CPD Design and Research

JD TL for CPD Design & Research

AF TL for CPD Design & Research

Team Leader for Leadership (including School Improvement  and Section 24 supports)

JD TL Leadership AF TL for Leadership

Advisor for Digital Technologies (Primary)

JD Advisor Digital Technologies - Primary AF Advisor Digital Technologies - Primary








There are currently no part time positions available.




PDST local facilitator positions

If you wish to self-nominate as a local facilitator please e-mail Due to the volume of self-nominations, you will only be contacted if we have a vacancy in the area for which you are self-nominating.


Please Note: While the PDST is managed by Dublin West Education Centre, the administration base for the Associate and Local Facilitator Administration (ALFA) is Blackrock Education Centre. For the purpose of any engagement with the PDST, Dublin West Education Centre is the employer and the role of Blackrock Education Centre is an agent for payment only.



ALFA Online Claims
Please follow this link to access the current 
Please follow this link to access the archived site for 2015/16 claim information
Please follow this link to access the archived site for 2016/17 claim information 



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