Centre for School Leadership (CSL) Mentor Recruitment

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The CSL Mentor programme extends country wide with almost 600 trained mentors at primary and post-primary level supporting up to 300 newly appointed principals annually.

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  What is involved?

  • 1.5-day residential training programme for two sessions. The residential dates are:
    o April 26th and 27th 2023 (Athlone)
    o September 2023 (Dates and venue to be decided)
  • A commitment to a 2-hour meeting once a month for the first year of the newly appointed principal’s
  • Mentee contact on a fortnightly basis via phone or email if requested
  • All CSL mentors are offered two residential professional learning events each year. (Travel and accommodation expenses are funded by the Department of Education).
  • Eligible principals are invited to apply, and mentoring work will begin from Autumn 2023 once training has been completed.

Am I eligible to apply?

The Mentoring Programme is open to principals who have:

  • Four years' experience as an established principal or are retired within one year
  • Experience in networking with other principals
  • Professional credibility and respect amongst principals in your local area
  • Experience of working with or advising newly appointed principals
  • Availability for training on the training dates
  • A willingness to access the CSL coaching service (if not already accessed and if not retired)

How being a CSL Mentor will benefit you:

  • An opportunity to help a fellow professional and to embed mentoring into the profession
  • An opportunity to engage in quality professional learning
  • A study of interpersonal skills, reflection on the role of the principal and up to date upskilling on all aspects of mentoring
  • Engagement in a mutually beneficial professional learning experience
  • Participation in a professional learning network of mentoring school leaders

To apply to become a CSL Mentor, please follow the link or QR code below.


The closing date for applications is Friday, 10th March 2023. Should applications to the programme be oversubscribed, priority will be given to the following categories of principals:

Primary Level:

  • Principals of Special Schools
  • Principals of Irish Medium Schools
  • Teaching Principals
  • Principals of DEIS Schools
  • Principals of Very Large Schools

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