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  • To confirm your course booking
  • To contact you about any changes to course arrangements
  • To send a reminder before event start date
  • To add your name to event attendance list for course tutor and event organising body
  • To process payment of fees, if applicable
  • To inform you of upcoming courses and events organised by the Education Centre / NIPT


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General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), came into effect on 25 May 2018. The GDPR is Europe's new framework for data protection laws and it applies to all organisations that are based in the EU.

The following is an outline of our approach to how we collect and process personal data at Donegal Education Support Centre. We want to make clear to all Donegal Education Support Centre service users what their data rights are with respect to knowing:

a) what data Donegal Education Support Centre collects on its service users;
b) what Donegal Education Support Centre does with user data; and
c) how to obtain a census of what data Donegal Education Support Centre holds on you as a service user.

The answers to these questions are outlined below:

a) Donegal Education Support Centre holds information on its service users that was given to us by our clients when registering for a course, when completing an NQT Registration Form or provided to us on participant attendance forms (name, teaching council number, e-mail address, mobile number) Much of this information is provided voluntarily to us by our clients (teachers and other learners).

Donegal Education Support Centre holds information given to us by our clients for financial purposes. For some national programmes teachers and other learners complete Expense Claims. Our tutors complete expense claims for courses delivered. We retain information for processing these claims (expense details, bank details, PPS numbers, home address, school address, email, phone number and receipts); e-mails and correspondence; details of financial transactions made, for example course fee payments taken.

b) This data is used for the following purposes, event registration, attendance rolls, details of course participants; communicating with course participants, tutors and other service users, for managing course payments; for compliance with the Department of Education & Skills’ requests for information; for Health and Safety records and legally-binding accounting purposes (e.g. knowing to whom Donegal Education Support Centre has paid expenses, when, and how much has been paid); e-mail addresses and contacts necessary for administering and carrying out Donegal Education Support Centre projects and centre business.

c) If any Donegal Education Support Centre service user would like further clarification on what data is kept on them personally or, moreover, if any service user would simply like us to delete and dispose of any information we have on them, you can get in touch with us. Please note, that Donegal Education Support Centre will process such a request within the required legal parameters.

d) Data stored on this website such as registration statistics and users is shared with the NIPT who oversse the Droichead programme.

In Communication with us (Legitimate Interest) -

If you correspond with us, we will collect information such as your name, address, phone number, email address and any other personal information contained within the communication and use it to respond to your inquiry. We process this information in pursuit of our legitimate interests i.e. providing continuing personal and professional development for teachers and school communities and implementing our statutory remit.

If you attend one of our CPD Courses & Education Provisions -

Donegal Education Support Centre organises a comprehensive CPD Course and Education Programme during the year. If you register for one of these course/programmes/events we will collect your name and contact information and in some contexts, your address and payment details. We use this information to facilitate your registration, process your payment and provide you with the associated information and services. In some circumstances, we take photographs or make video recordings of these events. We will always inform you if the provision is being photographed/recorded so that you can choose not to participate. 

When you provide services to us -

If you provide professional services to Donegal Education Support Centre and you provide your personal information, which typically includes your contact information, address, phone number, VAT registration number and possibly your banking information and PPS number, we will process this information so that we can administer, manage and pay for the relevant services you provide and as per the terms and conditions of our contract.

Finally, please note that payments received by Donegal Education Support Centre as part of course fees are handled by third party payment processors. We do not have any members’ credit/debit card details; nor does Donegal Education Support Centre analyse the cookie information that may be gathered on our website, nor do we sell any information on. We do not give any information we have to third parties unless legally obliged to do so or unless the Education Centre network has a working relationship with relevant organisations for the provision of courses and projects. For specific courses or projects operated in collaboration with relevant organisation, such as support services, the Donegal Education Support Centre protects the devices such data are stored upon, and is obligated to report to its service users any data breaches perpetrated.

 In you have any questions regarding our GDPR Policy or Privacy Statement the Administration Office team will be your initial point of contact for all data protection queries. They can be reached by email or by phone.

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More information about Droichead

  • NIPT NQT Update – September 2022

    Droichead is the new integrated induction process for teachers and is available to both primary and post-primary teachers.
    The traditional processes of Probation, Post-qualification Employment (PQE) and the Induction Workshop Programme either have concluded or are being phased out.

    It is important to note that Droichead is the only route of induction for all primary and post-primary teachers registered from 1 June 2020.

    • Teachers requiring information on the Droichead process should click here.
    • Teachers requiring information on Induction Workshops should click here.
    • Teachers requiring information on School Support should click here.
    • Teachers requiring NIPT team contact details should click here.

    For queries relating to the traditional process, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

    Cluster Meetings will be available via Zoom as per the Cluster Meeting Calendar here. This should be read in tandem with ‘Cluster Meetings: Important Information and Attendance Protocols’ here which includes a link to register.

    NQTs must apply for Droichead via www.teachingcouncil.ie and receive a confirmation email from the Teaching Council before registering for Cluster Meeting 1.   



  • NIPT Droichead Cluster Meetings 2022 /2023

    Droichead Cluster Meetings are confined to NQT's participating in the Droichead process.

    NQTs must apply for Droichead via www.teachingcouncil.ie and receive a confirmation email from the Teaching Council (which provides approval to commence the Droichead process) prior to engaging in any cluster meetings.

    Each cluster meeting is a forum where NQTs can discuss and seek clarification about the Droichead process and professional practice. NQTs are encouraged to ask questions, seek guidance, reflect upon particular challenges and share successes, ideas and experiences.
    Cluster meetings are facilitated by experienced NIPT Associates and provide avenues of both professional and personal support to NQTs. This shared-learning approach builds professional relationships, confidence and competence.

    Cluster Meetings will be available as per the Cluster Meetings Calendar. As outlined in the Cluster Meetings: Important Information and Attendance Protocols document, registrations will open the week before the events.

  • Important Dates

    Droichead Cluster Meetings will be facilitated via Zoom.  Dates/times will be released on a weekly basis. Protocols apply, NQTs wishing to attend are required to familiarise themselves with them prior to registering. Protocols and the link to register can be accessed here.

    Registration for Cluster Meeting 1. (Term 2)
    Registration for week commencing 20th March will open on Monday 13th March at 8.30am.
    Registration for week commencing 27th March will open on Monday 20th March at 8.30am.

    Cnuaschruinniú 1 (BUNSCOIL) (H4) Ar Zoom
    Droichead Cluster Meeting 1 will be facilitated via Zoom. Protocols apply, NQTs wishing to attend are required to familiarise themselves with them prior to registering. Protocols and the link to register can be accessed here.

    Beidh an cnuaschruinniú 1 seo ar fáil trí Zoom. Tá prótacail tinrimh i bhfeidhm agus ní mór do MNCanna a bhfuil fonn orthu freastal ar an gcnuaschruinniú a bheith eolach orthu roimh clárú. Tá tuilleadh eolais maidir le prótacail tinrimh atá i bhfeidhm anseo

    Registration for Cluster Meeting 2. (Term 3)
    Registration for the week commencing 8th May will open on Monday 1st May at 8.30am.
    Registration for the week commencing 15th May will open on Monday 8th May at 8.30am.
    Registration for Cluster Meeting 3. (Term 3)
    Registration for the week commencing 24th April will open on Monday 17th April at 8.30am.
    Registration for the week commencing 1st May will open on Monday 24th April at 8.30am.


  • Printing Course Certificate

    NQTs who have engaged fully in the 2-hour CM can access their Certificate of Completion from their user profile within 10 working days of attendance at the meeting.  Please note this option is only available after your cluster meeting attendance has been verified by Donegal Education Centre.  

    Please follow these steps:

    1. Log into your account with your e-mail and password.
    2. Check your details are correct and press update.
    3. On the right-hand side of the screen click on menu.
    4. Click on user menu and click on print course certificate.
    5. Course attendance details will be populated.  To the right of the screen under CPD Event click on the word print.
    6. A PDF of your certificate will be generated.
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