Post Primary Misneach



Misneach Philosophy and Rationale Statement

‘...being challenged’ and ‘becoming challenging’
‘...self-reflection, self-awareness and self-care’

‘...creation and maintenance of professional learning communities’

‘...use of evidence to inform practice’

‘...collaboration with pupils, parents and management’

Misneach is a two year personal and professional development programme for Newly Appointed Principals (NAPs) developed by the Professional Development Service for Teachers (PDST). The word ‘Misneach’ derives from the old Irish word for courage, spirit and fortitude. The Misneach programme seeks to develop the knowledge, skills, attitudes and qualities of beginning school leaders, empowering them to respond effectively to the realities of managing and leading in the Irish school context. Misneach helps NAPs develop the confidence to translate principle into practice and in developing this confidence, the notions of ‘being challenged’ and of  becoming challenging’ are promoted. Through working collaboratively and engaging with the language of leadership, the NAPs develop a map for their professional lives.

Misneach draws and builds upon recognised research findings which identify key leadership competencies, focused on the imperative to ensure quality student outcomes for every student and to promote ongoing school
improvement, equity and effectiveness. The programme guides the new leader towards a sustainable model of leadership, building capacity in terms of self-reflection, self-awareness and self-care.

Misneach promotes the use of evidence to inform practice, reflecting the international movement towards a research based culture. The programme fosters professional autonomy and local decision-making n collaboration with pupils, parents and management, working towards a values based shared vision. Misneach supports the creation and maintenance of professional learning communities, which promote highly effective networking and
collaborative peer supports.

Misneach is an established programme with a design and delivery structure that allows for flexibility to respond to priority developments in national policy, thereby providing currency and coherence into the future.


What is the Misneach Programme?

Misneach offers participants support in the key professional areas of school leadership including - Leading Learning, Leading People, Leading the Organisation and Managing Self. The programme assists principals in “walking the tightrope” of the induction to principalship and affords them the opportunity to develop as a school leader in their own school.

The Programme is offered via a blend of residential modules, local support settings, mentoring and online support. It is funded by the Department of Education and Skills.  Misneach is designed and delivered by a team of experienced school leaders


Who is the Misneach Programme for?

The Misneach Programme of Induction is for newly appointed principal teachers and has provided professional development and support to the vast majority of principals appointed in the past 15 years. 

Why should I participate in Misneach?

What the class of 2014-16 had to say.....

"Excellent management training for newly appointed principals. The content and learning experiences are very well thought through and delivered are the right time. It gives headspace away from the school so you can reflect and plan. The legacy of this training is the professional network developed with colleagues around the country who you can share common issues and advice"


"Misneach is an excellent programme which I found invaluable as a new Principal. The quality of presentations, practical advice and professional conversations was excellent. The most invaluable aspect for me was the chance to meet fellow new appointments to leadership and to share experiences of our first 18 months in the job"


"Absolutely excellent programme. I would highly recommend it to all new principals. The course provided for excellent discussions about the role of the principal and the opportunity to create a network of colleagues to call upon after leaving misneach. I really enjoyed the course and would welcome the opportunity of misneach becoming something that would run twice yearly for each cohort"


"I thoroughly enjoyed the programme throughout and gained a lot from it. I always came away feeling a little more confident and most certainly reassured. As well as picking up some innovative ideas on things like vision, school culture and CPD I became aware of many practical ideas that although small in themselves can make an enormous difference to staff and students and the daily running of an effective school"