Droichead is the sole route of Induction for NQTs with a contract of 200 or more hours in large Post-Primary schools with 400 or more students or in SEN settings.
NQTs who are engaging in the Droichead process must attend one 2-hour cluster meeting per term for the duration of their Droichead process.
Cluster Meetings may only be attended by NQTs who have applied for Droichead to the Teaching Council via the ‘My Registration’ portal on its website www.teachingcouncil.ie and received a confirmation email. The National Cluster Meeting Schedule will accompany the confirmation email and NQTs must register with the Education Centre to attend a cluster meeting.
All NQTs engaging in the Droichead process must attend Cluster Meeting 1 before attending Cluster Meeting 2 and/or 3.
Post Primary Cluster Meetings will take place in Galway Education Centre as follows:
Wednesday 9 January - 6 pm – 8 pm – cluster meeting 2
Thursday 24 January – 6 pm – 8 pm – cluster meeting 1
Thursday 28 February – 6 pm – 8 pm– cluster meeting 1
Tuesday 12 March – 6 pm – 8 pm– cluster meeting 2
Tuesday 2 April – 6 pm – 8 pm– cluster meeting 2
Wednesday 10 April 6 pm – 8 pm – cluster meeting 1
Wednesday 1 May 6 pm – 8 pm – cluster meeting 1
Thursday 9 May – 6 pm – 8 pm– cluster meeting 3
Tuesday 21 May – 6 pm – 8 pm – cluster meeting 3
At cluster meetings, NQTs will present Form D to be stamped by the facilitator as proof of attendance. Form D is available at www.teachingcouncil.ie. Please have this form with you on the night.
In addition to this, NQTs who are engaging in the Droichead process should also engage in one other professional learning activity. This may include attendance at an NIPT workshop which NQTs must register with the EC to attend.
Please note that the Teaching Council now allows that NQTs who have fulfilled the 20-hour Induction Workshop Programme requirement prior to applying for Droichead are required to attend Cluster Meeting 1, only.