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Teachers 'could lose out on substitution pay by refusing new deal'

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound on 27/11/2013.
Tags: Teachers NewsTeachers 'could lose out on substitution pay by refusing new deal'

Secondary teachers have been warned that a failure to accept the latest government pay proposals could result in them losing out on payments for substitution work.

Education minister Ruairi Quinn has called for the Association of Secondary Teachers Ireland (ASTI) - which represents around 17,000 teachers - to ratify the Haddington Road Agreement (HRA), or payments for supervision and substitution work could be stopped, reports the Irish Independent.

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Education minister calls on teachers to vote yes on pay deal

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound on 20/11/2013.
Tags: Teachers NewsEducation minister calls on teachers to vote yes on pay deal

Minister for education and skills Ruairi Quinn has called on secondary-level teachers to vote in favour of accepting the government's latest teaching pay proposals.

Speaking in Dublin at the Royal Irish Academy, he urged members of the Association of Secondary Teachers, Ireland (ASTI) to vote to end the dispute between the government and the teaching profession when they are balloted by the trade union, reports the Irish Times.

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Maths Counts conference highlights progress of Project Maths initiative

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound on 19/11/2013.
Tags: Teachers NewsMaths Counts conference highlights progress of Project Maths initiative

An education sector conference called Maths Counts has been held at the National University of Ireland to underline the progress made so far by the Project Maths initiative.

Taking place at the Maynooth facility on November 15th and 16th, the conference was open to all post-primary teachers and showcased the achievements of both teachers and students in the 24 initial Project Maths schools over the last five years.

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Further ASTI dispute discussions to be held

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound on 12/11/2013.
Tags: Teachers NewsFurther ASTI dispute discussions to be held

Today (November 12th) will see further discussions held between representatives of the Association of Secondary Teachers in Ireland (ASTI) and the Department of Education and Skills regarding the Haddington Road Agreement.

The formal talks are going ahead after union negotiators briefed the ASTI's standing committee following informal correspondence between the two parties - and it is hoped that today's discussions might ultimately lead to a resolution of the dispute.

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Minister Quinn Launches Chief Inspector's Report 2010-2012

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound on 04/11/2013.
Tags: Education And Politics Teachers NewsMinister Quinn Launches Chief Inspector's Report 2010-2012

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The Minister for Education and Skills Ruairķ Quinn T.D., has today launched the Chief Inspector's Report on quality and standards in primary and post-primary schools and centres for education. The report, which is based on inspections carried out by the Department between 2010 and 2012, found the standards of teaching and learning were ... click to read full post & comments


Fraudulent school secretary avoids jail term

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound on 18/10/2013.
Tags: Teachers NewsFraudulent school secretary avoids jail term

A former school secretary has avoided being sent to jail despite defrauding a school of thousands of euros. 

Kathleen Wickham, who worked at the CBS Primary School in New Ross, stole more than 55,000 euros from the school and has pleaded guilty to over 40 separate offences, the Irish Independent reports. 

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Large class sizes 'tackled through faster teacher appointments'

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound on 17/10/2013.
Tags: Teachers NewsLarge class sizes 'tackled through faster teacher appointments'

Attempts to combat large class sizes in Ireland may include teachers being assigned to schools faster than they are at present.

Education Minister Ruairi Quinn noted this fast-tracking approach is a possibility as the Department of Education tries to bring an end to the practice of having high numbers of children - sometimes as many as 35 - in the classroom, the Irish Examiner reports.

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'Different pay rates' for teachers at same school

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound on 10/10/2013.
Tags: Teachers News'Different pay rates' for teachers at same school

Teachers working at the same school could soon find themselves on different rates of pay, depending on which union they are a member of.

Education Minister Ruairi Quinn has revealed arrangements that will see the introduction of different salary arrangements for members of the Association of Secondary Teachers Ireland (ASTI) and the Teachers Union of Ireland (TUI).

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Leaving Cert Appeal Results to be released today

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound on 09/10/2013.
Tags: Secondary School News Teachers News

text re imageCandidates who appealed their leaving certificate results will be able to review the result of their appeal online via examinations.ie from midday today. The results are available in the schools this morning and have also been transmitted electronically to the Central Applications Office.

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Young teachers 'may be impacted by ASTI stance'

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound on 25/09/2013.
Tags: Teachers NewsYoung teachers 'may be impacted by ASTI stance'

Young teachers may be the most negatively impacted should the Association of Secondary Teachers Ireland (ASTI) maintain its stance on the Haddington Road Agreement.

This is the warning sent out by Education Minister Ruairi Quinn while speaking in the Dail last night (September 24th). He noted that by refusing to sign up to the deal, members of the ASTI will not be able to benefit from the protections and benefits the agreement promises.

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ASTI announces industrial action in second-level schools

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound on 24/09/2013.
Tags: Teachers NewsASTI announces industrial action in second-level schools

A programme of industrial action for teachers in second-level schools has been announced by the Association of Secondary Teachers Ireland (ASTI).

The ASTI explained the move is being made in response to the Government's breaching of the Croke Park Agreement and its decision to cut teacher pay under the Financial Emergency Measures in the Public Interest Act.

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New figures reveal teacher retirement pay

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound on 19/09/2013.
Tags: Teachers NewsNew figures reveal teacher retirement pay

New figures released by the Department of Education have revealed the payment details of teachers in Ireland who retired last year.

It was shown that primary and secondary teachers received €172 million in lump sums in 2012, with the numbers released in response to a Freedom of Information request. 

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Teachers 'losing jobs as pupils rise'

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound on 05/09/2013.
Tags: Teachers NewsTeachers 'losing jobs as pupils rise'

Many second-level teachers in Ireland have lost their job at a time when the number of pupils at these schools has increased.

This is according to new statistics published by the Department of Education, which revealed that 720 post-primary schools have 650 fewer teachers on their books, while student numbers have climbed by 3,800.

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Staff 'at risk of losing jobs if schools drop fees'

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound on 23/08/2013.
Tags: Teachers NewsStaff 'at risk of losing jobs if schools drop fees'

Members of staff at fee-paying schools in Ireland could face the prospect of losing their jobs should schools that charge fees drop these costs.

This is the suggestion of Ferdia Kelly, General Secretary of the Joint Managerial Body, who warned that up to 1,500 workers could be made redundant if these schools join the free education scheme, the Irish Independent reports.

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School roll simplification 'is just the beginning'

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound on 25/07/2013.
Tags: Teachers NewsSchool roll simplification 'is just the beginning'

Moves to simplify school rolls and registers in Ireland are just the beginning of what should be a full move to storing all pupil records online.

This is according to the Irish Primary Principals' Network (IPPN), which was speaking in response to news that the Department of Education has informed 3,300 primary schools they will not be required to fill in as much information in roll books as they have done in the past, the Irish Examiner reports.

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School chair resigns following pro-life leaflet distribution

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound on 19/06/2013.
Tags: Teachers NewsSchool chair resigns following pro-life leaflet distribution

The chairman of a Dublin school has resigned from his position and apologised for his actions following an anti-abortion row.

Eddie Shaw, chairman of the board at Harold School, left his post after coming in for criticism for being behind the distribution of pro-life leaflets at the school.

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1 in 5 Families to Take Children Out of School Early for Summer Holidays

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound on 17/06/2013.
Tags: Parenting Teachers News

text re imageSchools Out For Summer - Unofficially with 1 in 5 Families to Take Children Out of School Early To Save on Summer Holidays

As summer holiday season approaches, research conducted by lastminute.com has found that 1 in 5 parents (20 per cent) plan to take their children out of school early this year to save on holiday costs. This questionable approach to holiday money-saving comes after National Educational Welfare Board figures in October revealed the average primary school pupil misses 11 out of 183 days of school a year, rising to 13 at post-primary level.

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Keith Duffy launches Irish Autism Action Anti-Bullying Campaign

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound on 13/06/2013.
Tags: Parenting Teachers News

text re imageKeith Duffy launched Irish Autism Action’s Anti-Bullying Campaign today in a bid to stamp out bullying in primary schools. Backed by Irish company Swapkit, the Boyzone star has teamed up with the autism charity for a nationwide campaign aimed at bringing anti-bully action packs to 1,000 schools across the country in the next school term.
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'Lack of successful exam post applications' from unemployed teachers

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound on 10/06/2013.
Tags: Teachers News'Lack of successful exam post applications' from unemployed teachers

There has been a lack of successful applications made by unemployed teachers in Ireland regarding exam post roles.

According to new figures released by the State Examinations Commission (SEC), just 250 teachers currently out of work had their submissions to monitor exam halls this year accepted, the Irish Independent reports.

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Rejection of pay deal reaffirmed by ASTI and TUI

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound on 24/05/2013.
Tags: Teachers NewsRejection of pay deal reaffirmed by ASTI and TUI

Teacher leaders have reaffirmed their rejection of the Labour Relations Commission (LRC) proposals.

According to the Association of Secondary Teachers Ireland (ASTI) and the Teachers Union of Ireland (TUI), the Public Services Stability Agreement 2013-2016 - or the Haddington Road Agreement - does not represent a sufficient enough change from the LRC proposals first tabled.

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Preschool inspections to be introduced in Ireland

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound on 23/05/2013.
Tags: Teachers NewsPreschool inspections to be introduced in Ireland

Preschools in Ireland are to be inspected in much the same way as primary schools currently are.

This is according to Minister for Children Frances Fitzgerald, who has pledged a review of the professional training system for early-education practitioners after concerns were raised about preschool standards, the Irish Times reports.

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Teacher unions 'asked to hold separate talks'

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound on 15/05/2013.
Tags: Teachers NewsTeacher unions 'asked to hold separate talks'

Teacher unions in Ireland will be asked to stage separate discussions following their ballots on industrial action.

This is according to Kieran Mulvey, the Labour Relations Commission Chief, who explained these talks are likely to take place early next week, the Irish Examiner reports.

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Teacher pay issue 'to be settled in a month or two'

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound on 13/05/2013.
Tags: Teachers NewsTeacher pay issue 'to be settled in a month or two'

A Department of Education payroll problem that has affected hundreds of teachers in Ireland is likely to be settled in a month or so.

Education Minister Ruairi Quinn has informed the Irish National Teachers' Organisation that he expects the issue - which has seen a backlog of thousands of euros building up since September last year - to be settled shortly, the Irish Examiner reports.

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Bursary awarded to students for Irish language game

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound on 30/04/2013.
Tags: Teachers NewsBursary awarded to students for Irish language game

A bursary has been awarded to three students after they decided to produce their Irish language word game in Ireland and not China.

The pupils of Regina Mundi College in Douglas, a suburb of Cork, were handed €2,000 from RTE TV's Junior Dragons' Den for the Focail Iontacha game, which is aimed at teaching Irish to schoolchildren in a fun way, the Irish Examiner reports.

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Lack of jobs 'creating primary school teacher surplus'

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound on 29/04/2013.
Tags: Teachers NewsLack of jobs 'creating primary school teacher surplus'

A lack of available jobs in Ireland is creating a surplus of primary school teacher graduates.

There are no positions open for around 600 graduates who finish their studies every year, which means many individuals are left disappointed when they fail to find work despite gaining the right qualifications, the Irish Independent reports.

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ASTI rejects Croke Park II deal

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound on 17/04/2013.
Tags: Teachers NewsASTI rejects Croke Park II deal

The Association of Secondary Teachers Ireland (ASTI) has voted to reject the proposals of the Croke Park II deal.

According to the body, this stance reflects the deep anger felt by teachers across Ireland at what they see as an unfair agreement.

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School pays out after blackboard duster incident

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound on 09/04/2013.
Tags: Teachers NewsSchool pays out after blackboard duster incident

A school in Killarney and one of its former teachers - who is also a Gaelic football star - have paid out €8,000 to a pupil following a case concerning the throwing of a blackboard duster.

St Brendan's College and Paul Galvin paid the money after former student Nathan Adams lodged a claim for personal injuries in the Circuit Civil Court through his father Gerry Adams.

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IMPACT urges education staff to accept new Croke Park deal

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound on 04/04/2013.
Tags: Teachers NewsIMPACT urges education staff to accept new Croke Park deal

Staff in Ireland's education sector have been urged to accept the new Croke Park deal.

IMPACT has called on employees to back the agreement because valuable protections for the most vulnerable workers could be lost should it be rejected

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Croke Park changes 'could lead to school activities reduction'

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound on 26/03/2013.
Tags: Teachers NewsCroke Park changes 'could lead to school activities reduction'

Changes brought about through Croke Park II could impact the number of school activities children are able to take part in, it has been suggested.

In a letter to Education Minister Ruairi Quinn, the Joint Managerial Body (JMB) warned the extra-curricular programme for pupils could be significantly reduced due to a lack of substitution cover for teachers, the Irish Independent reports.

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Annual reviews to be introduced for teachers?

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound on 22/03/2013.
Tags: Teachers NewsAnnual reviews to be introduced for teachers?

Teachers and principals in Ireland could soon be subject to annual reviews of their performance.

Harold Hislop, the chief inspector at the Department of Education and Skills, has raised the possibility of such assessments for school staff after noting the country does not have a system in place that regularly evaluates how well teachers are getting on, the Irish Independent reports.

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Gay teachers 'to receive greater protection'

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound on 08/03/2013.
Tags: Teachers NewsGay teachers 'to receive greater protection'

Gay and lesbian teachers in Ireland could be set to enjoy greater job protection thanks to proposed new legislation.

The newly-published Bill is aimed at safeguarding teachers against dismissal based on the idea that their life choices might undermine the religious ethos of their working practices, the Irish Independent reports.

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Special needs pupils 'losing out' due to teaching cap

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound on 01/03/2013.
Tags: Teachers NewsSpecial needs pupils 'losing out' due to teaching cap

Children with special needs are losing out on extra learning time due to a cap on teacher numbers.

The Irish Examiner reports that pupils in hundreds of schools in Ireland are receiving less than 85 per cent of the additional teaching they require for special needs as a consequence of this limit being reached.

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New teacher pay change 'will restore losses'

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound on 26/02/2013.
Tags: Teachers NewsNew teacher pay change 'will restore losses'

A new deal should go some way to restoring the pay losses suffered by new teachers in Ireland.

Those who entered the profession after September 2011 are to go up by one point on the pay scale, which should cushion the blow of taking up their roles on lower salaries and losing their supervision and substitution pay, the Irish Independent reports.

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Teachers to lose supervision and substitution pay?

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound on 22/02/2013.
Tags: Teachers NewsTeachers to lose supervision and substitution pay?

A proposed new pay deal could see teachers in Ireland losing their supervision and substitution pay.

Government plans unveiled during talks on a new Croke Park deal have shown college lecturers stand to lose nine million euros a year in allowances for correcting exams - although efforts to reach a compromise are now underway, the Irish Independent reports.

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Concerns raised over Irish level increase proposals for teachers

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound on 19/02/2013.
Tags: Teachers NewsConcerns raised over Irish level increase proposals for teachers

Concerns have been raised regarding proposals to raise the standard of Irish required for trainee primary teachers in Ireland.

Education Minister Ruairi Quinn has followed the example of Labour backbencher Aodhan O Riordain and suggested Teaching Council plans to set a higher standard for Irish could result in students from regions with lower Leaving Cert performance being excluded from the teaching profession, the Irish Independent reports.

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UK job offers increase for Irish teachers

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound on 18/02/2013.
Tags: Teachers NewsUK job offers increase for Irish teachers

Irish teachers are increasingly being offered jobs in the UK, with recruitment companies travelling to Dublin in order to hire staff.

A Jobs Expo in Croke Park has seen more than 1,000 overseas posts offered to out of work Irish teachers, with the positions promising the same pay as jobs at home, the Irish Independent reports.

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Graduate teachers 'having difficulty finding work'

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound on 15/02/2013.
Tags: Teachers NewsGraduate teachers 'having difficulty finding work'

Finding a job is proving difficult for many graduate teachers in Ireland, the latest Department of Education figures have shown.

It has emerged these young professionals are struggling to kick-start their career while retired teachers are being re-hired in primary schools on long-term contracts, the Irish Independent reports.

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Guidelines on promoting positive mental health and suicide prevention in post-primary schools published

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound on 31/01/2013.
Tags: Education And Politics Teachers News Parenting

text re imageNew national Guidelines on promoting positive mental health and suicide prevention in post-primary schools published.

“Well-Being in Post-Primary Schools” important tool for schools

The Minister for Education and Skills, the Minister of State for Disability, Older People, Equality & Mental Health and the Director of the National Office of Suicide Prevention launched new guidelines for mental health and suicide prevention for post-primary schools today (31st January).

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New Action Plan on Bullying Launched

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound on 30/01/2013.
Tags: Education And Politics Teachers News Parenting

text re imageThe new Action Plan on Bullying was launched yesterday by the Minister for Education and Skills, Ruairķ Quinn T.D. and the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Frances Fitzgerald T.D.
The Plan sets out twelve actions to help prevent and tackle bullying in primary and second level schools. The report makes it clear that preventing and tackling bullying requires support from parents and wider society and is not a problem schools can solve alone.

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Paper attendance records 'are wasting teachers' time'

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound on 25/01/2013.
Tags: Teachers NewsPaper attendance records 'are wasting teachers' time'

Paper attendance records used in primary schools are wasting teachers' time, it has been claimed.

Gerry Murphy, president of the Irish Primary Principals Network (IPPN), suggested these details should be kept in digital format in order to free up more hours for teachers and to prepare children for the 'knowledge economy', the Irish Independent reports.

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A third of maths teachers fear they are under-qualified

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound on 17/01/2013.
Tags: Teachers NewsA third of maths teachers fear they are under-qualified

More than a third of second-level maths teachers do not feel they are sufficiently qualified to assess a pupil's performance in the subject, according to latest research.

The survey, conducted by the Educational Research Centre (ERC) in Dublin, also discovered that 28 per cent feel they lack proficient teaching methods.

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Teachers' union makes Croke Park agreement warning

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound on 15/01/2013.
Tags: Education And Politics Teachers NewsTeachers' union makes Croke Park agreement warning

The largest teachers' union in the country has warned its members there are likely to be "very difficult elements" in any extension package of the Croke Park agreement.

Under the existing agreement, the public sector is committed to making savings of EUR3.3 billion between 2013-15, but the government are now demanding further cuts of around EUR1 billion.

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Retired teachers given primary school jobs over graduates

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound on 07/01/2013.
Tags: Primary School News Teachers NewsRetired teachers given primary school jobs over graduates

Education Minister Ruairi Quinn has demanded answers after it was revealed primary schools across the country are continuing to employ retired teachers over graduates.

A freedom of information request by the Irish Independent discovered 237 instances of retired teachers employed on a temporary basis between the start of term last September and the mid-term break in October.

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Brendan Howlin warns he will sack bad teachers

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound on 27/12/2012.
Tags: Education And Politics Teachers NewsBrendan Howlin warns he will sack bad teachers

Minister for Public Spending Brendan Howlin has issued a warning to teachers that the government are looking to remove those who are not performing.

During an interview with the Irish Independent, Mr Howlin warned the performance of people in public sector jobs will be scrutinised much more closely from now on.

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