Thu, Sep 14th, 2017 9:36:52 am

The ACCS 2017/18 CPD programme has been distributed to schools as per the first newsletter of this school year. Many of the courses are outlined in detail in the newsletter and as an attachment below.

We will follow similar operational procedures as last year for the 1st school term.

In summary, the programme, dates and venues are as detailed in the newsletter and also on the website.

Reminder of upcoming CPD - September 2017

Accountability and Management of the DES Administrative and Financial Guidelines.

Please see attachment “Excellence in School Practice” for further details. Who should attend: Newly appointed Principals with their Clerical Officers, newly appointed Clerical Officers. Principals who wish to have a refresher/clarification of their role in school finances and administration.

Date: 28/09/2017 Venue: ACCS Head Office, 10H Centrepoint Business Park, Oak Drive, Dublin 12.

Time: 1.00 p.m. – 4.00 p.m.

See attached booking form for completion.

Post of Responsibility Appointments (Provisional Date)

As outlined in the 1st Newsletter of the 2017/2018 academic year the date is to be confirmed following publication of the new “Post Primary Leadership Circular”.

As the final Circular Letter has not been issued this CPD will be re-scheduled.

Reminder of upcoming CPD - October 2017

Governance in Schools – A Legal Perspective

In partnership with Mason, Hayes & Curran (MHC), ACCS is hosting a one day seminar on legal matters that impact on schools. This In-Service will provide school management with an opportunity to discuss employment matters and other topics relevant to schools. The format of the day will be question and answer sessions, led by MHC’s experienced educational legal team, with audience participation, on a wide range of topics which arise in schools.

  • Staff Issues: Attending meetings;
  • Disciplinary Procedures for Staff;
  • Grievance Procedures/Investigations.
  • Family Matters: Guardianship & Custody and the implications for enrolment, parent-teacher meetings, school reports, exam results etc;
  • Child Protection Issues and dealing with TUSLA and the Gardai.
  • Student Conduct and Codes of Behaviour: Social Media – common concerns; Dealing with investigations of student misconduct (searches, substance abuse, in appropriate use of social media); School trips and activities;
  • Suspension and Expulsion – procedural requirements and avoiding common pitfalls.
  • Students with Special Educational Needs: Disability and reasonable accommodation; Who should attend: Chairpersons of Boards of Management and Principals.

Date: 03/10/2017 Venue: Mullingar Park Hotel, Mullingar, Co. Westmeath.

Time: 9.30 p.m. – 4.30 p.m.

See attached booking form for completion.

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At the Area Information Meetings, we advised that ACCS and JCT were jointly planning an in-service training day on the new Junior Cycle Framework.

Following a welcome and introductions, Fiona O’Brien JCT Advisor for Leadership and Assessment, will provide participants with a ‘catch-up’ briefing on the key aspects of the Framework, including:

  • Key elements of the Framework – Principles, Key Skills, Subjects, Short Courses and L2LPs
  • Implementation Issues: 40 and 60 mins classes; Structure of the school day; Number of subjects for certification
  • Wellbeing’ and associated timetabling requirements
  • Circular 15/2017 – Teacher Professional Time; Management Supports etc.
  • The Junior Cycle Profile of Achievement 2017

For the afternoon session, Donal O’Mahony, JCT Deputy Director (Whole School and Leadership), will brief school leaders on the purposes, content and intended outcomes of the whole-school planning day which JCT is available to deliver in your school later this year. The seminar will conclude with a ‘Questions & Answers’ session from 3.00pm. ACCS strongly advises all schools to attend this event. JCT will continue to provide Leadership CPD later this term but as all sectors will be comprehended, a certain level of awareness of the Framework and its implementation issues will be expected of all participants.

Who should attend: Principals, Deputy Principals and other relevant personnel.

Date: 10/10/2017 Venue: Mullingar Park Hotel, Mullingar, Co. Westmeath.

Time: 9.30 a.m. – 3.30 p.m.

See attached booking form for completion.

 A Date for your diary:

State Claims Agency Seminar

Date:  24/01/2018 Venue: Mullingar Park Hotel, Mullingar, Co. Westmeath.

Time: 10.00 a.m. – 4.00 p.m.

 N.B. Board of Management In-Service may be organised with individual Boards by request.

Please note the following:

A CPD booking form is available to download from the ACCS website<>. Click on the CPD Programme tab and scroll down to CPD Electronic Booking Form. This form can be photocopied for each course.

Alternatively, we have also attached an electronic booking form which when completed can be forwarded to ACCS head office.

Each completed booking form should be emailed to<>

We are again pleased to be able to provide many of these CPD programme opportunities free to schools. In the case of the In-School Management Conference & The ACCS Annual Convention normal registration fees will apply. Please note that booking/registration forms will be sent to schools in advance by post for the ACCS In-School Management Conference and the ACCS Annual Convention.

It is very important that we know in good time how many participants are coming to each course, particularly where catering is required.  We realise that schools are very busy places so we will send e-mail reminders to schools as we approach each event. We would like to thank you for your continuing co-operation with our programme and invite you to discuss with us any issues which may arise for you in relation to the programme.