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Professional Development Service for Teachers

The establishment of the Professional Development Service for Teachers (PDST) officially commenced in September 2010. PDST was established as a new, generic, integrated and cross-sectoral support service for schools that reflects emerging needs within the education system. PDST is a support service of Teacher Education Section, Department of Education and Skills. PDST is hosted by Dublin West Education Centre.

The aim of the PDST is to provide high quality professional development and support that empowers teachers and schools to provide the best possible education for all pupils/students.

Our mission is to support teachers as reflective practitioners by providing a range of professional development initiatives that support teacher learning, collaboration and evidence-based practice with an emphasis on:

  • curriculum, pupil learning and welfare
  • learning and teaching methodologies
  • information and communications technology
  • school self-evaluation and school improvement

The overall goal for the PDST is that we will be widely acknowledged as an innovative, responsive and trusted provider of continuing professional development and support for teachers and schools.