NPC Education Conference 2012

10am | 16 Jun 2012

National College of Ireland, Dublin 1., Dublin

I can do it......but I need your help!

Guest Speakers:

Ms Lorraine Sanda: National Parental Involvement Coordinator at Scottish Government 
"Parents matter in Scottish Education" 
Lorraine Sanda will talk about the Scottish Government's journey to strengthen the voice of parents at all levels in education. Lorraine has been involved in promoting parental involvement in education issues for some time, working in the field first as a parent campaigner, then as a Consultant, with a Local Authority and in a post with Learning and Teaching Scotland. She is a strong believer that if the best for children is to be achieved, parents and staff need to work alongside each other, developing meaningful and effective partnerships, sharing in decisions and planning. She works closely with all Scotland's local authorities, as well as with the National Parent Forum of Scotland and other parent organisations, and also those who work with and support parents.

Minister for Education and Skills, Mr Ruairi Quinn T.D.

Mr Sean Cottrell: Director of the Irish Primary Principals' Network (IPPN) 
"Parents and Teachers ....mutually dependent? " 
Sean Cottrell is a native of Inishannon, West Cork, Seán began teaching at St. Joseph's BNS, Cobh. He has served as Teaching Principal at two schools and as Administrative Principal at Glounthaune NS until 2003. A founding member of both the Cork Primary Principals' Network (1995) and the Irish Primary Principals' Network (1999), Seán continues to be actively involved in Principal Support Groups and networks. Seán has also worked as a facilitator of the Stay Safe Programme. Seán has worked in education development projects with VSO and UNHCR in Tajikistan, Bhutan and Djibouti. He was an Irish Election observer to South Africa's first all-race elections in 1984. Currently, as Director of IPPN, Seán is accountable to National Executive, for the overall leadership and management of IPPN.

Mr John Lonergan: Former Governor of Mountjoy Prison 
" Parenting - How you can help" 
John entered the prison service in 1968 and in the years that followed, as he saw human nature at its worst - and often, unexpectedly, at its best, he developed a deep understanding both of human nature and of Irish society. John served 42 years in the service, 24 of them as the most senior prison officer in the country. John now spends time travelling Ireland giving talks to parents, local communities and voluntary organisations. 
Recordings of conference are now available here:

Click here for opening of Conference 2012 by NPC Chairperson Breid Greene

Click here for presentation by Lorraine Sanda, National Parental Involvement Coordinator, Scottish Government

Click here for address by NPC CEO, Áine Lynch

Click here for presentation by Minister for Education and Skills, Ruairí Quinn

Click here for Question and Answer session with Lorraine Sanda and Minister for Education and Skills

Click here for presentation by Sean Cottrell, Director, IPPN

Click here for presentation by John Lonergan, Former Governor of Mountjoy Prison

Click here for Question & Answer session with Sean Cottrell and John Lonergan