Conference 2021

2021 Annual Principals' Conference


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This year IPPN will host our 21st Annual Principals’ Conference on Friday May 7th. It is a one-day virtual event and will take place on a newly-designed event platform. Our speakers will explore the theme of Leadership for an Imperfect World and will look at what school leaders can do to support their own physical and mental health, rebuilding teams and promoting a positive school culture after successive lockdowns, what leaders can take from the past year into the future, what IPPN is doing in relation to sustainable leadership, what principals can expect over the next year or so in relation to primary education and special educational needs, leading with positivity in the face of overwhelming stress, and much more.

The seminars will provide key information and provoke thinking on a range of topics relating to school leadership and management.

You to be able to network (virtually) with your peers and to meet the exhibitors and sponsors online.

All keynotes & seminars will be recorded and will be available on the online platform a week after the event, enabling registered attendees to view any aspect they missed on the day and to share the content with their deputy principal.

Who should attend?

  • Principals
  • Newly Appointed Principals
  • Acting Principals

Note: Substitute cover is unfortunately not provided for this event 

Conference aims

  • Create a space for critical reflection
  • Inspire, stimulate and empower
  • Provide practical advice and ideas to take away from the event
  • Enable opportunities for networking as well as engagement with school suppliers.

To see the event's full Conference schedule - Click here 

Keynote speakers 

You will hear from IPPN CEO Páiric Clerkin, President Damian White and Deputy President Brian O’Doherty, as well as:

  • John Kiely - Limerick hurling manager
  • Dr Jolanta Burke and Dr Majella Dempsey - Maynooth University on their research on school leaders’ physical and mental health
  • Professor Steve Munby - thought leader on school improvement and author of Imperfect Leadership
  • Minister Norma Foley, TD, Department of Education 
  • Mary Nihill - Director of the Centre for School Leadership
  • Dr Norah Patten - Aeronautical Engineer and Ireland’s first scientist-astronaut candidate
  • Teresa Griffin – Chief Executive Officer of the National Council for Special Education.

Click here to view more information on our keynote speakers

Lighter Inputs 

  • Musical Input from Offaly based Simon Casey
  • GAA President, Larry McCarthy 
  • Paudcast team with words of wisdom 
  • Poetry Gabriel Fitzmaurice 
  • Musical Input Frank Kelly


There will be two seminar session and you will have a choice of 8 seminar topics. All seminars will be recorded and available on the platform to registered attendees five working days after the event. The topics covered during these seminars will be: Dignity at Work, Essential Law for the school leader, Supporting & Empowering children, Management of SEN in Schools, Communications, Learning & Looking forward from Covid19, Health & Exercise and Self Sustainment.   Check out the seminars that are on offer this year - Click here for seminar info


The event fee is €130 per school - a charge of €5 applies to PayPal payments to cover administrative costs.

Event Sponsors
As part of the registration for this event we will be sending information to you from our event sponsors. 

Education Expo 
Exhibitors will be available on the day - You can book a virtual meeting with them 3 days in advance. Check out who is exhibiting at this year's virtual conference 

Frequently Asked Questions 
Click here to view some of the FAQs about this event. 

Event Terms & Conditions 
Click here to Terms and Conditions of the event 




IPPN Sponsors