About Ciall Ceannaithe

Ciall Ceannaithe - IPPN's online summer course is a highly practical step-by-step course built on the collective wisdom and experience of seasoned principals. The course is designed to professionally support Newly Appointed Principals through the first day, first week, first month and first year of their Principalship.

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Who should participate?

  • Newly appointed principals 
  • Aspiring school leaders 
  • Experienced principals who wish to reflect on their current practice

When and where?
Online from July 1st to July 31st.  Course must be graded and approved by July 31st.  The duration of the course is 20 hours online learning.

A charge of €95 per person is applicable. Fee includes access to the online platform, access to key resources, communicating and engaging with peers and course facilitators. This course is an EPV approved summer course and qualifies for 3 EPV days.


Course Aims:

  • Gain an overall perspective on the role of principal
  • Develop a sense of pacing and timing in their first year
  • Distinguish tacit from factual knowledge
  • Provide practical advice on key situations
  • Benefit from the knowledge of experienced principals
  • Approach the 'new role' with greater confidence and self-belief
  • Have essential resources to hand in a user-friendly format.


Content will include: 

  • Decision making  
  • Staff Relationships
  • Other School Relationships 
  • Recruitment
  • Key Supports 
  • Class Allocation
  • Personal Development 
  • Professional Development 
  • Personal Self Care
  • School Self Evaluation Process 

Support for the Leadership, Management and Administrative needs of Newly Appointed and Acting Principals:

  • General Advice on getting started Planning
  • Scheduling Priorities for Year 1
  • Good Practice for Teaching Principals
  • Timetabling for Teaching Principals
  • Factual Information about your school
  • Professional Supports available to Principals

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