Reluctant principals

4th June 2010 at 01:00

Too many heads in Ireland are retiring and there are not enough people to fill their shoes, the annual conference of primary deputy principals in Dublin heard. Almost 700 have either retired or moved schools in the last two years, which means that more than one in five primary principals have left their post in that time, creating "a huge deficit in leadership experience". One speaker said: "More alarming is the growing reluctance of potential successors to apply for the position of principal."

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