Centre for School Leadership Update to IPPN April 2021


  • CSL is delighted to announce the commencement of the CSL Bespoke Mentoring Service. CSL has worked closely with IPPN and NAPD to develop this extra support. Primary principals who find themselves in significant challenge can access the support through IPPN when they engage with the IPPN Professional Guidance Service. They can also contact CSL directly by emailing Deputy Director Anna Mai Rooney at amrooney@cslireland.ie or Director Mary Nihill at mnihill@cslireland.ie A number of experienced and recently retired school leaders have trained as bespoke mentors by undergoing a bespoke coaching and mentoring training programme which also includes supervision or reflective practice. An initial exploratory session with a bespoke mentor will be followed by three one to one 90 minute meetings. Further sessions may be available if needed. This is a highly confidential service for principals at any stage of their leadership career.


  • CSL is proud to announce the online publication of “Learning to be a School Leader in Ireland”. This research publication is the culmination of lengthy and broad-based consultation involving desk and field research, and consultation with system stakeholders. The research underpins the CSL Model and Continuum of Professional Learning for school leadership. It is hoped that it will assist providers in planning and designing professional learning to further support school leaders in their work. It is available in the Learning to be a School Leader section of the website
  • CSL hopes to officially launch the publication at a face to face event later in 2021


  • Applications for Cohort Five remain open until May 12th. Please encourage those members of your staff who are interested in leadership to consider this programme
  • The link to the application form can be found in the PDSL section of the CSL website and also on the UL website


  • Endorsement Call Three opened on February 9th and the closing date is May 10th @ 1pm

Upcoming Events

  • CSL looks forward to planned upcoming online events to support school leaders in the system with dates to be finalised:
    • Tri Nations Blether. This is due to take place on April 21st @ 4pm and will feature six school leaders (three principals and three deputy principals) from large and small primary and post-primary schools in Ireland, Scotland and Wales. Ireland will be represented by IPPN Deputy Principal, Brian O’ Doherty and Norma Linehan, Deputy Principal, Laurel Hill Coláiste, Luimneach. Booking for the event is via the CSL Twitter account or in the Important Announcements area on the home page of the CSL website
    • CSL Mentoring Meets (an opportunity for CSL mentors to meet online to discuss leadership issues in one hour sessions) planned for the week beginning April 26th
    • Principals’ and Deputy Principals’ Comhrá-planned for May 2021

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