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FAQs About The Four Domains Simplified Course for School Leaders

Are you curious about the Four Domains Simplified Course?

I know that you may have questions that you'd like answered. 🤩 So I thought I would address some of the questions that I’ve been getting about it. Here are the top questions I'm being asked. 

1. Is ‘The Four Domains Simplified’ better than ‘Help I’ve an Interview in a Week’?

In ‘Help I’ve an Interview in a Week’, I teach Looking at Our Schools through the lens of a variety of interview questions – each starting with the phrase ‘How do …

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Three Techniques to Impress Your Interviewer

Hello, future interview superstars! Let's dive into three beneficial techniques to help you ace those interview questions with confidence and finesse.

1. The PAWS Technique

First impressions count, and often, the first question is: "Tell us a little about yourself." It's surprisingly tricky, isn't it? Here's where the 'PAWS' technique comes in handy.

'P' stands for Profile. Start with a captivating sentence about your interest in teaching or a quick intro about yourself.

'A' is for Academic. Mention…

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Mastering Your Interview Response with the STAR Technique

Hey there, job seekers! Let's chat about nailing those tricky interview questions with a secret weapon - the STAR technique. It's a universal framework that helps you strut your stuff and demonstrate your expertise.

Understanding the STAR Technique

Interviews can sometimes feel like a maze, but the STAR technique is your trusty compass. This universal framework stands for Situation, Task, Action, and Result. It's designed to help you demonstrate your competencies clearly and concisely.

Situation & …

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3 Clever Ways to Ace Your Next Interview: Master the Art of Impressing Employers

The job interview process can be an intimidating experience, but with the right approach and tactics, you can demonstrate your expertise and leave a lasting impression on your potential employer. In this blog post, we'll explore three clever strategies to help you stand out in your next interview: 

1) pushing away the notes and releasing the pressure

 2) exuding confidence through smiling and body language

 3) utilising an impressive vocabulary.

Push away the notes and release the pressure

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Questions to Ask at the End of a Principal Interview in Ireland

A successful principal interview not only involves answering questions with confidence but also asking meaningful questions at the end of the interview. This demonstrates your interest in the role, your research on the school, and your eagerness to engage with the interviewers. In this blog post, we will discuss some thought-provoking questions that you can ask at the end of a principal interview to leave a lasting impression on the hiring committee, including some additional questions to help y…

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What Are The Most Challenging LAOS Topics?

The main concerns in interviews that my clients have are...

  • How to answer the conflict question.
  • How to answer the challenging situation question.
  • The fact that they feel that their competition ‘is high’ for the role
  • How to answer the ‘vision’ question.

School principals can avail of coaching to help them plan their vision, to help them strengthen team dynamics, to help them reflect on how they responded to incidents of conflict or discuss challenging situations. Isn’t that cool?

Most …

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How do you answer the question on the vision for the role/vision for the school?

How do you answer the question on the vision for the role/vision for the school?

This question is one I get again and again from clients and they need to put their thinking caps on! 

How do you answer the question on the vision for the role/vision for the school?

One thing that I noticed when I began leadership coaching is that teachers sometimes were sometimes frustrated and they could sometimes use this question as a chance to vent. For this question, I always recommend that the energy is positive. This question IS NOT a chance to rant and tell them what you believe is g…

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How do I answer what is your vision for the school/post of responsibility? 

My clients often find this question tricky! Why? Because they haven't taken the time to dream about the changes they could make. A great way to think about it is - If you had a magic wand and you could make changes - what would they be?

Here are some further tips: 

  • Be authentic – Think about what difference you would love to make in the school. Reflect: How would the school be different in 5 years’ time? What opportunities might the staff, pupils and community have? How would they be acting?…

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Deputy Principal Interview Questions - Scenarios

So you are applying for a deputy principal role in your school and you have heard that panels often ask scenario-based questions?

In the interview, they will set the scene to say something like “A child fell on the yard and was hurt - what would you do?” First of all - reflect ‘has this ever happened to you and what did you do?’ What was good about how you resolved the situation and why? It’s important to note here that the panel are looking for reassurance about an aspect of school life that the…

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Applying to ETB Schools


When applying for ETB teaching vacancies, there are many things to consider. Your application must be typed and you must provide two copies of the application; one of these to be the original. Job advertisements are published on ETB county websites, in professional, academic journals, in newspapers and on social media. Here are a few things for you to consider when applying for ETB positions.

Final year initial teacher training applicants

If you are in your final year of training, you are still el…

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