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Droichead Induction Programme at Kildare Education Support Centre

Droichead is the integrated induction process for teachers and is available to both primary and post-primary teachers. 

Droichead Cluster Meetings for NQTs

Newly Qualified Teachers (NQTs) are required to attend up to three different cluster meetings for the duration of their Droichead process. 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 Droichead Induction Associates and provide avenues of both professional and personal support to NQTs. This shared-learning approach builds professional relationships, confidence and competence. NQTs must complete their full cluster meeting requirement in line with the Droichead Cluster Meeting Calendar 2023.2024.

Cluster Meeting Requirement

NQTs must complete one different cluster meeting (specific to their sector, primary or post-primary) per term in sequential order for the duration of their Droichead process. NQTs must complete Cluster Meeting 1 (CM 1) before engaging in either Cluster Meeting 2 (CM 2) and/or Cluster Meeting 3 (CM 3). NQTs should not submit their online Form D until all aspects of their Droichead process, including their full cluster meeting requirements, have been fulfilled. If a Form D is received where all the cluster meeting requirements are not met, it will not be processed by the Teaching Council.

CM 1 will be available face-to-face in education support centres. CM 2 and CM 3 will be available online as per the Droichead Cluster Meeting Calendar 2023.2024 and they will start the week of the 15th January 2024.

In order to attend Cluster Meeting 2 and/or Cluster Meeting 3, NQTs are required to book a place via Once the NQT has booked their place for CM 2/CM 3, they will receive an email confirming their place at the selected event. This email will also contain the link to attend the online CM. 

This should be read in tandem with Cluster Meetings: Important Information & Attendance Protocols.

Registration on DESC website

Donegal Education Support Centre is the central administration hub for Droichead Cluster Meetings nationally. All NQTs must first register here in order to receive and download cluster meeting certificates. The submission of cluster meeting certificates to the Teaching Council is one of the requirements when concluding the Droichead process.

Important: NQTs who register with are asked to use the same email address when registering with Kildare Education Support Centre.