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IPPN Annual Principals’ Conference & Education Expo 2023 took place in INEC Gleneagle, Killarney on Wednesday, November 15th to Friday November 17th.  950+ principals and more than 100 guests attended the event, which focused on the theme 'Leading with Purpose'. 


Keynote Speakers:

  1. Patricia Mannix McNamara, Head of Education, UL
  2. Marie Gleeson, Former Captain of the LÉ Áoife
  3. Tomás Ó Ruairc, Assistant Secretary at the Department of Education
  4. Bernie McNally,  Secretary General at the Department of Education


A range of professional and personal development topics were addressed at Seminars

  • Promoting Health & Wellbeing - Stories from School: Lorraine Dempsey, Enda McGorman & Rachel Harper
  • A partnership approach to school leadership: Ann Lynskey & Aoife O’Connor, Tierneevin NS, Gort
  • Effective professional relationships - the pathway to purposeful leadership: Dr Joe O’Connell
  • Essential Law for You - Top Tips for the School Leader: David Ruddy BL
  • From the Boiler House to Curriculum Leadership: Séamie O’Neill, Froebel Department of Education
  • Leading Meetings for Better Outcomes - Transforming Meetings™ for School Leaders: Rachel Doogue & Mary Pyne
  • Leading to Lead: Kathryn Corbett & Catherine Carragher
  • Planning for & responding to behaviours of concern: Sharon Healy, NCSE Behaviour Specialist
  • Facilitating inclusive best practice: Stephanie Kelly, NCSE Advisor
  • Opening a Special Class - the opportunities, challenges and the joys: Caroline Quinn, IPPN Leadership Support Team
  • Principal ResearchMeet 2023: Linda Dennehy, Oide
  • NCSE update on operational and policy developments: Helen Walsh, NCSE Head of Operations, & John Kearney, NCSE CEO
  • Trauma Responsive Schools and Leadership in times of change: Marie Delaney, Trauma-informed Schools
  • Developing a Growth Mindset in Primary Schools: Edelle O’Donovan, Sinead O’Doherty, Catherine Blackburn, Muireann Sadlier

Leadership Pathways:Attendees participated in and contributed to a ‘think tank’ to capture the practical ways in which school leaders are managing to maintain a focus on their core purpose and share leadership effectively. The wisdom of the collective will inform our practice as individuals, which has the potential to be hugely impactful.

135 trade stands showcased their products and services in the Education Expo.

Pictured L to R: IPPN President Louise Tobin, Conference Facilitator Anton Savage, Secretary General of the DE Bernie McNally. 


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