Invitation to Community & Comprehensive Schools Middle Leaders Training Programme Cohort 3

Fri, Oct 18th, 2019 2:11:40 pm

ACCS has developed a new in-service to assist Boards of Management in supporting colleagues in middle leadership positions in school. To date 50 Community and Comprehensive Schools have taken part in this training programme and we are now requesting interested schools to register for Cohort 3. Schools who have trained as part of Cohort 1 & 2 are also welcome to register attendees for Cohort 3 training. Boards of Management are invited to nominate a total of three delegates, one API, one APII and one member of the senior leadership team to attend this in-service. As places are limited and there is a very high demand for this in-service from schools, delegates are required to commit to both residentials and to the entire in-service programme.


  • DES Circular 0003/2018
  • School Self Evaluation (SSE)
  • Looking at Our School 2016 – a quality framework for post primary schools

Programme Objectives:

  • To develop a shared understanding of distributed leadership by API, APII and the SLT/SMT in school in the current context.
  • To build leadership capacity in school.
  • To explore the LAOS framework and effective change management strategies.
  • To establish a robust culture which supports effective pedagogy in the classroom.
  • To consider the central importance of relationships and communication when working with stakeholders.

Cost: The cost to the school based on the in-service programme, materials and overnight single room plus meals per residential is €300 per person.

Total cost of the in-service to the school for three delegates for the two residentials is €1,800. 

In order to participate fully, delegates will be required:

  1. To complete work on an area of in-school research/activities in the area of distributed leadership in their own school.
  2. To take learning back to school and to disseminate to the Board of Management, SLT, other post holders and staff in school.
  3. To familiarise themselves with LAOS, SSE, Circular 0003/2018 and any other recommended reading during the in-service.
  4. To bring along one of the School Improvement Plans (SIP) in the context of understanding their own reality.
  5. To bring a fully charged device along to each residential.

Timeframe and Proposed Structure of In-Service

Residential 1: 26th & 27th March, 2020.

Venue: The Midlands Park Hotel, Portlaoise, Co. Laois.

Time: 26th March: 2.30 p.m. - 7.00 p.m. 27th March: 9.30 a.m. - 3.30 p.m.

Residential 2: Autumn 2020 venue & time to be confirmed

Registering Delegates:

Boards of Management are now invited to nominate three delegates (one API, one APII and one member of the senior leadership team) by completing the attached booking form and return to as soon as possible. Delegates’ will be allocated a place on the Middle Leaders Training Programme on a first come, first served basis.