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Support Groups

Primary Deputy Principals Support Group

Mayo Education Centre is delighted to be in a position to offer support to Primary Deputy Principals by means of a Support Group.  It is intended that this group will meet approx. 4 times a year (i.e. once a term). Participants will also have access to a Primary Deputy Principal’s Whats App Group for support, communication and sharing of ideas outside of the regular meetings. To register  for the what's app group pleaese email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. - Next meeting TBA 2023 - 3.30pm

To register for Face to Face meeting, click here.

To register for On Line Zoom meeting, click here.

Facilitated Professional Learning Day for Primary Principals

These facilitated sessions aim to build professional networks among school leaders. They will allow participants to explore together the current pressing issues associated with leading their schools and provide an opportunity for personal and collaborative reflection. These in-person sessions will be held termly in Mayo Education Centre from 9.15am to 2.30pm starting in February, and participants will be grouped based on their Principal Release Days. Lunch will be provided. Principals who attend the in-person event will also gain access to a Primary Principal’s WhatsApp Group for continued support, communication and the sharing of information and ideas in between the Professional Learning Days.  The next round of suport days are scheduled to take place in May 2023.  Please express your interest by using the link here

NQT Primary Support Group

Mayo Education Centre invites Newly Qualified Teachers (NQT's) to join a newly formed support group. At our monthly meetings, we will facilitate members to provide each other with help, share strategies and stories, discuss experiences and feel more empowered in the classroom. This is not only an opportunity to belong to a supportive teaching community but also an opportunuity to make teaching friends for life that will help to sustain you throughout your career.

You are welcome to join our next meeting on;

Date:              Autumn 2023

Time:              7pm

Venue:           Online Zoom

The support group will be facilitated by Dr Máire McNally and Dr Kathleen Smyth.

“Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much." – Helen Keller


Primary SEN Support Group

There is a lot of expertise and good practice around the country in relation to the inclusion of students with SEN.  This Support Group helps to provide a forum where teachers can share this knowledge and experience with others, particularly those who are new to SEN. 

Date:             Tuesday 25th September

Time:             7pm

Venue:          Mayo Education Centre - Please note that this session is a face to face workshop

Facilitator:   Dr. Michele Dunleavy


Post Primary SEN Support Group

Mayo Education Centre is delighted to invite post primary SEN teachers to join a newly formed Post Primary SEN Support/Discussion Group.  The benefits for participating teachers are as follows:

  • An opportunity to network with many other SEN teachers in the Mayo area, offering support, guidance, advice and the sharing of good practice on a regular basis.
  • An opportunity to tap into the knowledge and experience of the group in order to discuss current pressing issues.
  • Support and kinship from meeting informally with a group of teachers in the same sector.


Date:       September 2023

Time:      7pm

Venue:   Online via Zoom

Facilitators: Deirdre Cassidy and Leanne Ginty


Teacher Professional Communities (TPC’s)

If you would like to convene a small group of like-minded teachers or principals, for the purposes of  initiating or developing an educationally relevant project over a period of time, then a TPC may well be the vehicle through which you could do this.  The TPC can provide a framework including funding to cover the costs associated with this type of initiative.  For more information, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  TPC’s are focused on the primary sector, although cross sectoral applications will also be considered.

Teacher Professional Networks (TPN’s)

Teacher Professional Networks are post primary focused, and are run by the teachers themselves.  For more information, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Centre for School Leadership

The Centre for School Leadership provides many supports for primary and post primary principals, both experienced and newly appointed.  Experienced principals can avail of coaching sessions, which may lead on to coaching for the whole school staff. Newly appointed teachers can avail of a mentoring service.  For details on these and other supports available to you, click here.


IPPN Leadership Support Callback Service

This 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 the IPPN 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. 

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