January 2020 - CSL Mentoring, Coaching, the PDSL and Endorsement

CSL Mentoring

The CSL Formal Mentoring initiative is now embedded in the system and perceived as a continuous and essential support for newly appointed principals.

Current statistics show that:

  • 243 newly appointed principals are currently supported by CSL mentors (177 primary and 66 post-primary)
  • 90 primary and 20 post-primary mentors are undergoing mentor training in Tralee, Ballina and Navan
  • A further 30 mentors will begin training in the Tullamore Court Hotel on Feb. 4th and 5th, and March 4th and 5th (If you are interested in this training, please email Geraldine Mc Namara, CSL Administrator at office@cslireland.ie
  • The next CSL Professional Learning Days for mentors will take place in the Sheraton Hotel on Wednesday and Thursday, March 25th and 26th

CSL Coaching

The CSL Coaching Service is attracting a growing number of principals and feedback from the service remains very positive.

Current statistics show that:

  • 700 principals have engaged in one-to-one coaching (76% primary and 24% post-primary, 68% female and 32% male)
  • In the primary sector, the participants were 58% administrative and 42% teaching
  • 110 schools have engaged in team coaching


CSL Post Graduate Diploma in School Leadership (PDSL)

  • In August 2019, 239 participants graduated as Cohort One
  • 260 participants will complete the course in November 2020
  • 283 students began the course in September 2019
  • Applications for Cohort Four will open on Monday, January 27th

The following is an overview of the destination study completed by Cohort One. There were 113 participants, a 47% response rate.

  • 60% of participants completed the course for career advancement and 48% for professional development
  • 75% of participants consider themselves likely to apply for leadership positions
  • Since commencing the course, 32 have applied for a leadership position, 45 have been successful in securing one, 33 are not applying for a leadership position at this time and 3 have decided that leadership is not for them

CSL Endorsement Process

In collaboration with educational partners in the system, CSL is currently undertaking the endorsement of professional learning for school leaders.

CSL has developed a framework for professional learning entitled ‘Learning to be a School Leader in Ireland’. According to the research conducted by CSL, and in consultation with the former Scottish Centre for Educational Leadership (SCEL) in Scotland, and the National Academy for Educational Leadership (NAEL) in Wales, the essential elements of professional learning are set out in the framework. Future development of this resource will see it interactive with supports and resources behind each leadership stage. These resources will include self-assessment tools, relevant research, details of leadership provision in the system and bespoke tools for the various leadership stages like mentoring and coaching.

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