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What are Teacher Professional Networks (TPNs)?

Teacher Professional Networks are teacher organisations which afford professional peer support to members. They comprise Subject Associations and other networks which support teachers of curricular programmes spanning a number of subjects (eg Leaving Certificate Applied, Transition Year etc.).

Supplementary Funding Scheme 

The Teacher Education Section (TES) of the Department of Education and Skills
(DES) has established a supplementary funding scheme to support the work of the TPNs. It is recognised that TPNs have other sources of funding including membership fees. To avail of the funding scheme, a TPN must submit a proposal to the Steering Committee which is representative of the interests involved and is chaired by a senior inspector in the Teacher Education Section of the DES. If the programme of activities are approved, the funding is made available to the TPN through an Education Centre nominated for the purpose by the TPN. Funding is available in two categories, CPD activities and National Executive activities.


The TPN scheme is administered by Blackrock Education Centre on behalf of the Department of Education Centre.

The Steering Committee comprises:

Pat Seaver, Director, Blackrock Education Centre;
David Walsh, TES;
Tom Heneghan, TES;
Elaine Collins
, Department of Education and Skills;
Caroline McHale , PDST;
Michéal Martin, SARG;
Dan Keane
Adela Fernández BEC, Administrator.

You may contact TPNs at

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