Conferences and Seminars

Lecture on a Co-professional Approach to Inspection for Accountability and Improvement

The Chief Inspector, Dr. Harold Hislop, recently presented the inaugural public lecture to mark the incorporation of the Centre for Evaluation, Quality and Inspection within the Institute of Education, DCU. In his lecture, he addresses many of the policy developments in recent years in Irish education and specifically focuses on the developments that have shaped the work of the inspectorate.

The text of his lecture is available here: A Co-professional Approach to Inspection for Accountability and Improvement

SSE Regional Seminars

The Inspectorate hosted four regional seminars on the subject of SSE on 15 and 16 April 2015 in Navan, Galway, Donegal, and Cork. These were very well attended and participants were offered the opportunity to share their SSE experiences to date. At each venue, a principal was invited to speak on aspects of SSE in their schools. We are extremely grateful to the principals of the four schools in question for their participation in the seminar:

  1. Mary Mulligan, Mercy, Navan
  2. Noreen Rafferty, John the Baptist CS, Hospital, Co. Limerick
  3. Susan Kenny, Loreto, Letterkenny

SSE Seminar Malahide

The Inspectorate of the Department of Education hosted an SSE seminar on October 14 2014 in the Grand Hotel in Malahide. More than 250 principals and teachers attended. The keynote address was given John MacBeath, Professor Emeritus University of Cambridge who provided an international perspective on SSE. The other presentations below were given by school principals at primary and post-primary level. They focused on different aspects of SSE including professional collaborative review and monitoring the implementation of agreed actions:

  1. Community National School
  2. Sacred Heart Secondary School Clonakilty
  3. Ratoath College
  4. St. Brigid’s Primary School

Principals talking about SSE in their schools

Keynote speakers

Panel discussion

The SSE seminar concluded with a question and answer session. The following comprised the panel:

  • Harold Hislop, Chief Inspector, Department of Education
  • Máire Ní Bhróithe, Principal, Ratoath College, Meath
  • Treasa Lowe, Principal, Scoil Choilm, Dublin
  • Gerry MacRuairc, Senior Lecturer, UCD
  • Anne Marie Brosnan, Principal, Sacred Heart Secondary School, Cork
  • Deirdre Mathews, Assistant Chief Inspector, Department of Education
  • Annemarie Hogan, Principal, St. Brigid’s Primary School, Dublin

The questions were posed by Emer Egan, Assistant Chief Inspector, Department of Education.

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