Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 15/07/2015. Tags: Education And Politics
The Minister for Education, Jan O’Sullivan, TD, yesterday announced that she has briefed Cabinet colleagues that agreement on all aspects of Junior Cycle reform has been concluded with the Teachers’ Union of Ireland and the Association of Secondary Teachers Ireland.
Her Department will publish an updated Framework for Junior Cycle (2015) shortly which will incorporate all the agreed provisions for Junior Cycle.
The teacher unions will put the agreed proposals to a ballot of their members in September.
An extensive CPD programme for teachers, which will provide up to 16 in-service days for the typical teacher during the course of implementation of the new programme is in place. Teachers will be released from school to complete this in-service training and substitute teachers will be employed to replace them.
In addition the new agreement on resources will see full-time teachers spending 22 hours of professional time a year on aspects of Junior Cycle implementation.
These time allocations will commence fully in the 2017/18 school year.
In the meantime English teachers will be provided with 10 hours professional time in the 2015/16 school year and 14 hours in the 2016/17 school year.
Science and Business teachers will be provided with eight hours in 2016/17.
Source, Press Release: education.ie