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Teacher training 'will not be cancelled due to union ban'

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound on 08/10/2013. Teacher training 'will not be cancelled due to union ban'Tags: Education And Politics

Planned teacher training at schools in Ireland will not be cancelled, even though a union ban aims to prevent most teachers from participating.

Industrial action being taken by the Association of Secondary Teachers Ireland (ASTI) states that its 16,000 members should not take part in any training initiatives - but the Department of Education's Junior Cycle for Teachers support service will still send out details of the training to schools and other centres from today (October 8th), the Irish Examiner reports.

English is the first subject to be brought forward as part of the revamped junior cycle and with the new curriculum almost finalised for this subject, the letters will confirm that training is set to proceed as planned.

School leaders are expected to take part in the continuous professional development (CPD) programme - with October 21st pencilled in for the first of four workshops - while it is also hoped that teachers of English will participate in training sessions from early November.  

A representative from ASTI commented: "[This] will become an issue when it comes to implementation [of the junior cycle framework], which is based on this round of CPD."

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