Dealing with Teacher Underperformance

Dealing with Teacher Underperformance

Dealing with underperforming teachers while remaining within the law can be difficult. Often, if mishandled, head teachers can be accused of bullying, leading to further complications.

This full-day course is designed to give participants the confidence to work with underperforming teachers under the statutory guidance. Delivered by a leading education expert and highly experienced employment lawyer, this seminar is designed to explain how the procedure is intended to work, what it requires and how best to tackle underperformance issues under these measures. 

Learning outcomes:

  • You will have several easily-applied options for attendees to tailor when back in school.
  • You will leave with a list of useful resources, tools and support that is available to help them feel less exposed
  • You will be aware of the likely pitfalls and common solutions in relation to natural justice and procedural breaches.
  • You will understand how the five steps procedure is applied but, perhaps more importantly, will also understand how to identify behaviours and performance that might be better dealt with outside the procedure for dealing with teacher underperformance.
  • You will have detailed notes on the newly revised Circulars and relevant case law discussing practical tips and what each decision reflects, for later study, plus a checklist of useful tips for dealing with teacher performance and behavioural issues in schools.

Course overview/outline programme

  • Creating a Supportive Culture, Parts 1 & 2
  • The Principles of Natural Justice in Underperformance Issues
  • The Five Steps Procedure from Informal Notice to Teacher Appeal
  • Real-Life Case Study Bringing you through the Disciplinary Procedures

Who is it for?
This event is ideal for Principals, Vice Principals and anyone with responsibility for dealing with underperforming teachers in schools.

When and Where?
9:25am - 4:00pm Wednesday 4th December 2019
Radisson Blu Hotel, Dublin Airport

Standard Rate: €245

Save an additional €20 if you book and pay online.

If you would like to book via post you can download a form here and return it to Legal Island, 6-9 Trinity Street, Dublin 2, Co.Dublin, Ireland.

If this event is taking place in a hotel and you require a bedroom for the night before or day of the event please get in touch. We work with all our hotels to offer a preferential delegate rate for overnight stays where possible. For more information please email


Event details


9:25am - 4:00pm


04 December 2019


Radisson Blu Hotel, Dublin Airport


Standard Rate: €245

Save an additional €20 if you book and pay online.