ASTI clears way for junior cycle pupils to sit vital English exam

Posted in Teaching on March 10th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The Association of Secondary Teachers Ireland (Asti) has cleared the way for about 35,000 third-year students to sit a crucial assessment in English next month. The 80-minute assessment is worth 10% of the marks in the written exam for the revamped Junior Cert English course …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 10 March]

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Exam bosses turn screw on ASTI over English exam row

Posted in Teaching on March 7th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Pressure is mounting on the ASTI to ensure that about 35,000 third-year pupils complete a crucial assessment in English next month, after exam chiefs made it more difficult for the union not to co-operate with it …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 7 March]

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Union threatens action if ‘surplus’ teachers are fired

Posted in Teaching on February 28th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“A dispute that could close secondary schools will ‘come to a head quite quickly’ if the Government sacks teachers who are surplus to requirement, a union has warned. But the Department of Education refused to confirm whether it plans to use emergency legislation to make members of the ASTI redundant for refusing to sign up to the Lansdowne Road Agreement …” (more)

[Anne-Marie Walsh, Independent, 28 February]

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ASTI warns against plans to make surplus teachers redundant

Posted in Teaching on February 27th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The country’s biggest secondary teachers’ union has warned against any move to make its members redundant on foot of its dispute with the Government. The Irish Times reported on Monday that 60 secondary schools have received letters notifying them of their surplus staff …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 27 February]

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Teachers face first forced redundancies in years

Posted in Teaching on February 27th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Are we about to see the first forced redundancies in the public sector in years? It certainly looks that way – and a small number of members of the Association of Secondary Teachers in Ireland (ASTI) may well be in the firing line …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 27 February]

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ASTI schools to lose out on hundreds of extra teaching posts

Posted in Teaching on February 17th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Hundreds of voluntary secondary schools where teachers are members of the ASTI are set to lose out on additional teaching posts from next autumn due to a dispute over education reforms. Up to 550 additional full-time teaching posts are to be allocated to secondary schools from next September …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 16 February]

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ASTI to continue industrial action

Posted in Teaching on February 12th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“ASTI leaders have confirmed that various forms of industrial action will continue in about 500 schools following their members’ rejection of the latest proposals on pay and junior cycle …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 11 February]

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Exams body says Junior Cert students can avoid 10% penalty

Posted in Teaching on February 4th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Thousands of junior cycle students will have a chance to avoid a 10% penalty in this summer’s English exam if teachers allow them a last chance to complete a classroom-based assessment task, the State Examinations Commission has said …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 3 February]

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Uncertainty looms large for schools, students, and parents

Posted in Teaching on February 3rd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Pressure to resolve the ASTI dispute has accelerated talks with unions on a replacement of Lansdowne Road, writes Education Correspondent Niall Murray. Aside from the implications of yesterday’s ballot result for current Junior Certificate students, the decision of members of the Association of Secondary Teachers of Ireland to reject proposals on pay and conditions causes major uncertainty for schools, students, and parents …” (more)

[Irish Examiner, 3 February]

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‘No more offers’ warns Minister as teachers’ strike looms

Posted in Teaching on February 2nd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Minister for Education and Skills Richard Bruton has warned that no further offers will be made to ASTI teachers after they rejected the latest round of proposals. In a ballot of the union’s 18,300 members, ASTI members voted to reject the ‘Outcome of Talks’ proposals aimed at averting strike action by 52.5% to 47.5%, with a turnout of 75% …” (more)

[BreakingNews.ie, 2 February]

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ASTI vote ‘no’ to package on pay restoration and junior cert reform, re-igniting threat of strikes

Posted in Teaching on February 2nd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“ASTI members have rejected the latest package on pay and junior cert reform, re-igniting the threat of disruption in two in three second-level schools. Members of the secondary teachers’ union have voted 52.5 to 47.5 against a document that emerged in discussions before Christmas …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 2 February]

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ASTI teachers may lose pay rise if proposals rejected

Posted in Governance and administration on January 23rd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Thousands of secondary school teachers may lose a €1,000 pay increase due to public servants if they reject new settlement proposals. The 18,000 members of the Association of Secondary Teachers Ireland (ASTI) are currently voting on proposals aimed at resolving a series of disputes between the union and the Department of Education …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 23 January]

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ASTI teachers face redundancy if deal is rejected

Posted in Governance and administration on January 17th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Some members of the secondary teachers’ union are staring redundancy in the face if the union rejects the latest proposals on pay and junior cycle reform …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 17 January]

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Second level teachers may take further strike action, ASTI says

Posted in Teaching on January 12th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Second level teachers may take further strike action if proposals to resolve a series of grievances are rejected, the Association of Secondary Teachers Ireland (ASTI) has said. Union president Ed Byrne said the ASTI was urging its 18,000 members to reject proposals drawn up before Christmas …” (more)

[Martin Wall, Irish Times, 12 January]

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Junior Cert students to lose marks over ASTI row, Minister says

Posted in Teaching on November 17th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Junior Cert students in the 375 secondary schools where teachers are refusing to engage in curriculum reforms face losing 10% of their marks in one of this year’s exams, the Dáil has heard …” (more)

[Marie O’Halloran, Irish Times, 16 November]

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Failure to end teachers’ dispute could ‘derail’ State exams

Posted in Governance and administration on November 8th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“A further 100 secondary schools are set to close today as the dispute between the Government and a teachers’ union over pay for new entrants continues. While just over 400 secondary schools closed indefinitely yesterday as a consequence of the Association of Secondary Teachers Ireland’s (ASTI) withdrawal of supervision duties, a further 100 schools are set to close today. More than 250,000 students will be affected …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 8 November]

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Commitment to equal pay could halt ASTI action, says union

Posted in Governance and administration on October 31st, 2016 by steve

Ireland“A Government commitment to equal pay for equal work could help to resolve ongoing industrial action by teachers, trade union Unite has said. The union called on the Government to issue a statement confirming its stance on pay equality as a matter of urgency …” (more)

[Jane O’Faherty, Independent, 31 October]

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Teachers on strike and two-tier pay

Posted in Governance and administration on October 28th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – The Department of Education’s approach to the Association of Secondary Teachers Ireland (ASTI) strike is at odds with its approach several weeks ago. Then it was asking school managers to hire people to carry out supervision and substitution …” (more)

[Letters, Irish Times, 28 October]

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Public sector pay commission ‘will have no power,’ says ASTI

Posted in Governance and administration on October 24th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“The president of the Association of Secondary Teachers in Ireland (ASTI) has said he is ‘very sceptical’ about the proposed public sector pay commission. The Government hopes the commission will go some way towards easing demands by State employees for pay increases …” (more)

[Vivienne Clarke, Irish Times, 24 October]

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‘Give us a pledge to restore teacher pay equality’

Posted in Governance and administration on October 24th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“If school chaos is to be avoided, ASTI president says the union and the Department of Education must show that they can trust each other, writes Katherine Donnelly …” (more)

[Independent, 24 October]

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