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Teachers 'to be given promotions on merit'


Posted by SchoolDays Newshound on 29/07/2010.  Teachers 'to be given promotions on merit' Tags: Teachers News

Education professionals will receive promotions based on their performances in a new scheme to encourage better teaching.

According to the Irish Independent, long-serving individuals will no longer be able to automatically secure promotions unless they have a record of good service to back up their application.

Set to come into force in September this year, the shake-up is hoped to bring about a change in the culture of promotions in schools, offering pay rises worth thousands of euros per year to those with good teaching records.

Interpersonal and communication skills will be taken into account when giving promotions under the scheme, along with other criteria to determine how well education professionals have carried out their work.

The Forfas 2010 report recently showed that Irish primary school teachers are among the world's best paid education professionals, receiving around 15 per cent more than average, according to the Irish Times.

Written by Donal Walsh
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Comments

goldilocks

(30/07/2010 00:27)


Traditionally, the entry requirements for primary teaching have been very high in Ireland, as opposed to many other countries. We have therefore been lucky to attract, by and large, a very high standard of applicant to primary teaching. The majority of primary teachers could have chosen to study for any other profession (most with higher remuneration) but didn't.
I suppose it's the old saying, 'You pay peanuts and all you'll get is monkeys'

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