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Primary Principals Support Network


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The Primary School Principals Support network provides all school leaders with a continuum of high quality personal and professional development, support, advice and guidance in order to maximise the learning outcomes of every child. 

Co. Wexford Education Centre has number of very active Primary School Principal Support Networks in our catchment area. These networks meet regularly to discuss various educational issues and to provide support to one another. 
Here is the current list of Primary School Principal Support Networks in the South East region. 
Each Network has a Convenor, if you are interested in joining one of our Networks please contact the Convenor in your chosen area.
Principal Support Group Convenor
Enniscorthy Principal Group Taragh Nolan
Wexford 1 Principal Group Bernadette Leahy
New Ross Principal Group Patricia Foran
Carlow Principal Group Annette Fitzpatrick
Bunclody Principal Group Carolyn Good
Wexford 2 Principal Group Nicola Roche 
Gorey Principal Group Niall Madden
Primary Principal Support Network Meetings are held at 3:30pm on the first Tuesday of every month. Please forward an attendance sheet to the Education Centre following your meeting. We ask for a minimum of 10 please if room hire is required for your meeting. Please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you would like to join a Support Network near you!

Bunclody Group - Carolyn Good

Carrigduff NS
All Saints NS
Our Lady of Lourdes NS, Bunclody
Ardattin NS
Scoil Mhuire na hArd, Shilelagh
Clonegal NS
Kilmyshall NS
St. Columba’s NS, Tullow
Our Lady of Lourdes
St Aidan's PS
Ballon NS
Kildavin NS
Crossbridge NS
Rathoe NS
Grange NS
Scoil Mhuire Lourdes (Girls’ NS) Tullow
Kilcommon NS, Tinahely
Shellelagh NS
St. Patrick’s NS, Rathvilly
Myshall NS
St Edan's NS

Gorey Group - Niall Madden

Ballygarret NS
Gorey Central NS
Tarahill NS
Castletown NS
Monamolin NS
Ballycanew NS
Bunscoil Loreto
Ballyduff NS
Kilmuckridge NS
Bearna Clé NS
Kilnamanagh CNS
Annacurra NS
Carysfort NS
SS Michael & Peter JS
Coolfancy NS
Shillelagh NS
Gaelscoil Gorey
Oulart NS

Wexford 2 Group - Nicola Roche

Barntown NS
Ballymitty NS
Mercy School, Wexford
Crossabeg NS
Our Lady's Island NS
Caroreigh NS
Glynn NS
CBS  Wexford
Monageer NS
St Iberius NS

Carlow Group - Annette Fitzpatrick

Arles NS
Ardattin NS
Ballon NS
Knockananna NS
Rathoe NS
St Abbain's NS
Ballinabranna NS
Wolfhill NS
The Swan NS
Ballylinan NS
Holy Family BNS, Askea
Rathmore NS
SN Fiontain
Shanganamore NS
St Brigid's NS Bagenalstown
St Brigid's NS, Grange
Tinahealy NS
St Michael's NS
St Columbus NS

Enniscorthy Group - Taragh Nolan

Rathure NS
Tombrack NS
Clonroche NS
Donard NS
Ballyroebuck NS
Ballindaggin NS
Davidstown NS
Kilealty NS
St Mary's NS
Caim NS
St Aidan's PS
Camolin NS
Ballymurn NS
Scoil Naomh Maodhog, Ferns
 Cushingstown NS
Courtnacuddy NS
Ballyhogue NS
Glenbrien NS
Ballyduff NS
St Senan's NS
Oulart NS
Marshalstown NS
Olygate NS
St Fiacc's NS

Wexford 1 Group - Bernadette Leahy

Mayglass NS
Blackwater NS
Bree NS
Broadway NS
Castlebridge NS
Our Lady of Fatima Special School
Curracloe NS
Gaelscoil Charman
Tagoat NS
St Fintan's NS
Kennedy Park NS
Clongeen NS
Kilmore NS
Piercestown NS
Scoil Mhuir Rosslare
Scoil Mhuire Coolcotts
St Margaret NS
St Margaret NS

New Ross Group - Patricia Foran

Shiellbaggan NS
Ballyhack NS
Bunscoil Ris
St Canice's NS
Clongeen NS
Cushinstown NS
Catherine Mc Auley NS
Danescastle NS
Drummond NS
Donard NS
Galbally NS
Gusserane NS
Listerlin NS
Poulfur NS
Ballycullane NS
Rathgarouge NS
Glenmore NS
Adamstown NS
Raheen NS
Scoil Mhuir Horeswood
Scoil naomh aine NS
Skeaghvastheen NS
St Patrick's NS,Strangemills
St James NS
The Rower NS
St Leonard's NS
Philtown NS
St Olivers NS
New Ross Educate Together

Schedule Dates

October 5th

November 2nd

December 7th

January 11th

February 1st

March 1st

April 5th

May 3rd

June 7th



To access CSL Coaching for School Principals, please click here cslireland.ie
To access CSL Mentoring for Newly Appointed Principals, please click here cslireland.ie


To access the IPPN website, please click here

To read Leadership + April 2020, please click here

To access A Guide to IPPN Please click here

Leadership Support Callback Service 


Phone2016This Leadership Support Service is designed to make sure that any IPPN member going through a stressful or worrying time will receive appropriate personal as well as professional support. In the event of a crisis situation, critical incident or school tragedy, members of our Professional Guidance Panel are available to provide 1 to 1 confidential advice and support over the telephone.

The Leadership Support Service can be accessed either by contacting the IPPN Support Office on 021 482 40 70 or emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Contact may also be made through This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Leadership Support Team
The team comprises five dedicated members of staff, four of whom are retired school leaders, and they focus on a range of supports and services to school leaders as follows:

The confidential phone support service is provided with support from the Professional Guidance Panel, who are all current serving school leaders with significant leadership experience.


What is Misneach?

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 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.

During the Misneach programme you will have numerous opportunities, both formally and informally, to share experiences, build collegiality and network with other participants who, like you are in their early stages of their career as a school leader.

This sharing of learning and experiences with your peers, facilitated and supported by the PDST team of experienced principals, is invaluable and will be of great personal and professional support to you as you transition into your new role.


The Misneach Vision: 


Misneach (meaning “courage”) sets out to support you, the newly appointed principal, in coming to an understanding of the many and varied aspects of your new role as school leader. 

The vision for Misneach is derived from the five core principles (see graphic below) of school leadership as identified by Irish school principals. 

To access the PDST Misneach supports for Newly Appointed Principals, please click here


Forbairt is a Leadership Development programme for a school leadership team, comprising of the principal, deputy principal  and another teacher leader. Forbairt is constructed on an action learning model and is designed to support school leaders to explore leadership in their own context.

A teacher leader is any teacher who is engaged with leadership (formally or informally) in your school. They may have a formal leadership role in the school as an Assistant Principal but this is not essential. Schools that do not have a third member of staff are equally eligible to apply for the programme.

The programme is based on an Action Learning process which enables professionals to learn and develop through engaging and reflecting on their experience in the company of peers as they seek to address real-life problems in their own organisations. It generates learning from human interactions arising from solution-focused approaches to real-time, real-world work challenges. Over the course of the year participants come together for a number of  two-day residentials, one-day courses and a number of Action Learning Community small-group meetings (ALCs). Supports are provided throughout the year as participants undertake, reflect on and gain feedback on the implementation of a Leadership Development Project (LDP) Examples of projects. undertaken are available in the Forbairt Projects section of this website. 

Forbairt has a big impact on our leadership of learning. The following feedback was given by a group of Cork-based principals and deputies when asked what they had done in the course of the school year which impacted on learning in their schools.

To access the PDST Forbairt School Leadership Team supports, please click here


To access the INTO website, please click here

Webinar Recordings 

The Board of Management Exploring Effective Practices webinar has been recorded from the 19th of January 21.

Click here to view 


Board of Management

WEBINAR - Proactive Caring for Yourself -  Principals & Deputy Principals with Jacinta Kitt

Proactive Caring for yourself for Principals & Deputy Principals with Jacinta Kitt 

During these very challenging and strange times, many encounters with others conclude with the phrase ‘take care’. However, this welcome and kind wish is not often accompanied by advice on how to take care of yourself.  This presentation will outline the role of individuals in the self -caring process and outline some practical strategies that may help in that process. 

The content includes the following elements:

  • Accurate self-assessment of what you can and cannot do.
  • Identifying and using your psychological resources (PsyCap)
  • Communicating your needs assertively
  • Managing your emotions
  • Focusing on self-awareness, change and improvements
Date / Time 24-02-2021 11:00 am


County Wexford Education Centre

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