2016 was an interesting year in primary education, and for me, it was the year where our education system changed fundamentally. The NCSE published their new guidelines for children with additional needs paving the way for the disaster that we are seeing today. Sean Cottrell, the powerhouse of the IPPN announced that he was going to be retiring leading to a new direction for the organisation of partnership with the INTO and Department of Education. But even more importantly for the purposes of this podcast episode were two elections – The Teaching Council elections and the INTO presidency election. How would this affect Droichead?