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Post Primary Online Database (P-POD)


The Department of Education and Skills has developed a new system called the Post Primary Online Database (P-POD). The P-POD system is a central database for student and some school data which is hosted by the Department. Post-primary schools are able to access the system using the Department's Esinet secure portal to maintain their students' data. From October 2014, all post-primary schools will be required to make their returns of students known as the October Returns via P-POD. The October Returns data is used in the allocation of teaching posts and funding to schools. Details of entrants for the state examinations provided through the October Returns are shared with the State Examinations Commission.

In developing the P-POD system the Department has worked in consultation with the Association of Community and Comprehensive Schools (ACCS), Education and Training Boards Ireland ETBI),Joint Management Body for secondary schools (JMB) and the National Association of Principals and Deputy Principals (NAPD) and will continue to do so as the system is developed in the future. The P-POD system was developed in-house by the Department.

Using P-POD

User guides are available in both video and pdf formats. You can view the video tutorials here.

You can view or download a copy of the full P-POD user guide here or if you have a specific topic you wish to find out more about you can click on one of the following links:

Other PPOD information:  

Download presentation Information Seminar on Post Primary Online Database (PPOD) - Jointly presented by the Department of Education and Skills, ACCS, JMB, ETBI and NAPD in May 2014.

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