About Ciall Ceannaithe

Ciall Ceannaithe is an online summer course that 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 to school leaders through the first day, first week, first month and first year of their Principalship.

Who should participate?

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  • Newly appointed principals
  • Aspiring school leaders
  • Deputy Principals 
  • 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.  Last Date to register for the course is by 4.45pm, July 25th.

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 Structure:
This course comprises 10 distinct modules. The course encourages participants to be interactive and to reflect both on the material presented and on their own professional experiences. The sequence of the modules serves to effectively guide participants in their learning and professional development. Certain modules contains a Discussion Forum and Assignments to which participants are asked to contribute their views, opinions and experiences and to share good practice on issues related to each module and also to the overall theme of each course.

This course is primarily aimed at supporting and developing Principals' knowledge and leadership skills, their interpersonal awareness and professional attitudes. All participants, principals and teachers who participate in the course, will be treated as independent adult learners.

While they are offered guidance in course materials and are encouraged to participate in reflective exercises and discussion forums, each participant is wholly responsible for his/her own learning and interaction with the course. Online facilitators are allocated to the course and will interact with and support participants on each module's discussion forums and assignments. 

Following the successful completion of this course the participants will be better equipped and more effective in dealing with the following areas of their new role:

  • Decision making
  • Staff Relations
  • Staff Communications
  • Curriculum Leadership: Effective Leading of Teaching and Learning in the School Community
  • School Self Evaluation
  • Relationship management with children, parents, Boards of Management, DES
  • Personal Development
  • Professional Development
  • Wellbeing


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