Faculty profile

Dr John Mescal

Programme Director (Primary)

PME in Primary Education
Contact information


Block B, Merrion Centre
Merrion Road
Dublin 4
D04 H2H4


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Dr John Mescal has worked as both a District Inspector (2007-2015) and Senior Inspector (2015-2023) with the Department of Education. During his time with the Inspectorate, he has evaluated in hundreds of schools and has also led a team of Inspectors. He worked within the Curriculum and Policy Unit of the Inspectorate and lead and managed the work of the Office of the Chief Inspector.

Prior to his appointment to the Inspectorate, John was seconded to the Primary Curriculum Support Programme (PCSP) where he worked as an Assistant National Co-ordinator with responsibility for Social Environmental and Scientific Education (SESE) and lead the Regional Curriculum Support Service (RCSS) for South Dublin and the South East. Subsequent to his role as Assistant National Co-ordinator, he worked as a Music and Science Trainer and Cuiditheoir with PCSP. He taught in Straffan NS, Co Kildare and Archbishop Ryan NS, Clondalkin.

John holds a Doctor of Education (EdD) with a Specialism in Leadership from Maynooth University,  Master’s in Educational Leadership from Dublin City University (DCU), Diploma in Irish (Maynooth University), Higher Diploma in Educational Leadership (Maynooth University), Post Graduate Certificate in Education (Trinity and All Saints, University of Leeds) and a Bachelor of Arts Degree (English and Irish) from DCU.

Research interests

John’s research interests include evaluation, assessment and leadership in education.

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