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Training of teachers for new english curriculum incomplete

Posted by Schooldays Newshound on 17/07/2014. Training of teachers for new english curriculum incompleteTags: Education And Politics Teachers

One in ten teachers have not yet completed the required training course for the new Junior English cycle curriculum due to commence in September.

Responding to questions from Fianna Fáil’s education spokesperson Charlie McConalogue, Minister for Education Jan O’Sullivan told the Dail “up to 4,814 English teachers attended continuing professional development during 2013 and 2014,” referring to the Junior Cycle for Teachers (JCT) training programme. This equates to “90% of English teachers registered with the junior cycle for teachers support service”.

The Journal reports that a Department of Education spokesperson confirmed that the remaining 10% of teachers will not have completed the training course by September. The spokesperson told the Independent that:
“They may avail of the online supports provided by the Junior Cycle for Teachers support service, including material from the first workshop, a Resource Pack for teachers of English, Planning and Assessment material and videos demonstrating teaching strategies, as well as attending in- school CPD, whole- school CPD and the second workshop during the next academic year.”


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