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.

Full time positions




There are currently a number of potential full-time secondment opportunities for the following positions:


 Panels will be formed for Advisor positions in the following areas:


  • Primary Language Curriculum
  • Primary STEM
  • Primary Leadership
  • Leaving Certificate Applied ( LCA)
  • Post-Primary Leadership
  • Post Primary Agricultural  Science
  • Post Primary Gaeilge
  • Post Primary Mathematics
  • Post Primary Physical Education ( Leaving Certificate PE / Senior Cycle PE)


For details, including Job Descriptions and Application Forms, please click on the links below or at the end of this page.


This information is also available upon request from


The closing date for applications is Thursday 21st February at 3PM.




Job Description

Application Form

Advisor Post Primary Ag Science

JD Advisor Post Primary Ag Science

AF Advisor Post Primary Ag Science

Advisor Post Primary Gaeilge

JD Advisor Post Primary Gaeilge

AF Advisor Post Primary Gaeilge

Advisor Post Primary LCA

JD Advisor Post Primary LCA

AF Advisor Post Primary LCA

Advisor Post Primary Leadership

JD Advisor Post Primary Leadership

AF Advisor Post Primary Leadership

Advisor Post Primary PE

JD Advisor Post Primary PE

AF Advisor Post Primary PE

Advisor Primary Leadership

JD Advisor Primary Leadership

AF Advisor Primary Leadership

Advisor Primary PLC

JD Advisor Primary PLC

AF Advisor Primary PLC

Advisor Primary STEM

JD Advisor Primary STEM

AF Advisor Primary STEM

Advisor Post Primary Maths

JD Advisor PP Maths AF Advisor PP Maths



Part time PDST Associate positions



There are currently no part time positions available.


ALFA Online Claims
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 
Please follow this link to access the current 


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.


Associate and Local Facilitator Administration (ALFA), Blackrock Education Centre, Kill Avenue, Dun Laoghaire, Co Dublin