Academic calibre of trainee teachers dips, report finds

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on November 28th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The academic calibre of trainee teachers has dipped at a time of controversy over two-tier pay rates and falling numbers of applications to the profession, according to an unpublished report. A review of teacher education reforms commissioned by the Higher Education Authority notes that primary teaching applicants were drawn from the top 12.5% of Leaving Cert students in 2011 …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 28 November]

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Education system still counting cost of brain drain from flight of our graduates after crash

Posted in Governance and administration on October 3rd, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Ireland is still feeling the after-effects of the graduate brain drain that robbed the country of youthful talent during the depths of the recession. Thousands of our brightest and best youngsters left these shores in pursuit of more viable job opportunities as the country languished in the fallout from the crash …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 3 October]

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College quotas to prevent too many teachers in certain subjects

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Teaching on September 4th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Quotas are to be introduced in certain college courses to prevent an oversupply of secondary school teachers in certain subjects. In addition, more places will be made available for students who wish to teach subjects where there is a shortage …” (more)

[Irish Examiner, 4 September]

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TUI backs industrial action campaign if talks fail on pay equality

Posted in Governance and administration on April 4th, 2018 by steve

“Delegates attending the Teachers’ Union of Ireland (TUI) annual conference gave a standing ovation to a group of teachers appointed after 2011 who told of their experiences of receiving €6,000 or €7,000 per year less than long-serving colleagues working alongside them in their schools. They outlined the impact this had on their ability to buy houses or get married …” (more)

[Martin Wall, Irish Times, 3 April]

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Teachers have ‘justifiable demand’ for pay equality, says Bruton

Posted in Governance and administration on April 3rd, 2018 by steve

“Teacher unions have a ‘justifiable demand’ for pay equality and the Government is keen to make progress on the issue, Minister for Education Richard Bruton said on Tuesday. During his address to the second day of the Irish National Teachers’ Organisation (INTO) conference, Mr Bruton faced a packed conference hall of teachers wearing yellow T-shirts demanding ‘equal pay for equal work’ …” (more)

[Peter McGuire, Irish Times, 3 April]

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Schools could face shutdown in row over ‘two-tier’ pay

Posted in Governance and administration on April 3rd, 2018 by steve

“Teachers are giving the Government a month to produce a commitment to end two-tier pay rates – or strike ballots that could close schools in the autumn will go ahead. As the three teachers’ unions gather at their annual conferences, the mood is hardening for an early deal to eliminate lower salary scales for new entrants …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 3 April]

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Student teachers may drop out due to financial difficulties – poll

Posted in Teaching on March 29th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Trainee teachers who are required to carry out unpaid work in schools as part of their studies are suffering from severe financial difficulties, a new survey indicates. The poll of more than 3,000 student teachers indicates that close to half – 42% – consider dropping out due to financial pressures …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 29 March]

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Unequal pay for teachers leading to ‘brain drain’ from the profession

Posted in Teaching on March 8th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Unequal pay for teachers is causing a ‘brain drain’ which has the potential to seriously undermine children’s education, trade unions have warned. The claim was made at a protest outside the Dáil on Wednesday which called on the Government to restore pay equality for newly qualified teachers. Teachers hired over the past seven years are on lower pay scales due to austerity-era pay cuts …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 7 March]

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Subject quotas for third level courses proposed by Bruton

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on January 28th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The Minister for Education and Skills, Richard Bruton announced plans for the creation of subject quotas in certain courses being offered by third level institutions, in an effort to double the number of students choosing to enter primary and secondary teaching courses …” (more)

[Shane Hughes, Trinity News, 27 January]

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Teachers earned most in years after graduation, study finds

Posted in Life on January 15th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Teachers earned more than other college graduates for several years after completing higher education, according to the draft of a major new study. However, their earnings increased at the slowest rate of all, leading to other graduates narrowing the gap or overtaking them within five years …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 15 January]

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Time for a fair deal for teachers

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Teaching on January 2nd, 2018 by steve

Ireland“A chara, – Fiach Kelly writes in ‘State may pay to train teachers’ (News, December 30th, 2017) that the Government is considering paying ‘some if not all of the cost of a teaching qualification’ to tackle chronic shortages of teachers in key subjects. Other proposed measures referred to in this article include …” (more)

[Catherine Martin, Irish Times, 2 December]

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How language teacher MAs could be in line for financial incentives

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on December 5th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The Government is considering giving financial incentives for people who want to complete a language Masters, with a view to becoming school teachers. Education Minister Richard Bruton said he would like to introduce a ‘straightforward subsidy’ for people who are proficient in a language …” (more)

[Kevin Doyle, Independent, 5 December]

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Numbers entering teaching ‘collapsing’ due to low pay, unions claim

Posted in Governance and administration on November 29th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“There has been a collapse in the number of people applying to study for qualifications to become second level teachers due to pay inequality, education sector unions claim. In a joint submission to the Public Service Pay Commission on Wednesday, the Teachers’ Union of Ireland (TUI), the Association of Secondary Teachers Ireland (ASTI) and the Irish National Teachers’ Organisation (INTO) argued that pay inequality in the profession had created a recruitment and retention crisis in teaching …” (more)

[Martin Wall, Irish Times, 29 November]

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STEM graduates squeezed out of teacher training courses

Posted in Governance and administration on March 29th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Graduates in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) are badly needed in schools – but they are being turned away from teacher training courses …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 28 March]

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TUI warns it will be hard to get teachers in some subjects

Posted in Governance and administration on March 29th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Reduced pay and low-hour contracts for young teachers are driving graduates away from a career in education, the Teachers’ Union of Ireland (TUI) has warned. It said this would lead to difficulties in schools being able to find teachers for certain subjects …” (more)

[Martin Wall, Irish Times, 20 March]

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How MOOCs Could Reform Education Completely by Accident

Posted in Teaching on June 24th, 2015 by steve

USA“Back in 2013, the New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman wrote that MOOCs — massive open online courses — were about to change everything …” (more)

[Derek Newton, The Atlantic, 23 June]

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Teachers’ qualifications don’t match subjects taught – survey

Posted in Teaching on June 15th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“A survey by the Department of Education into how staff are deployed in secondary schools has identified a mismatch between teachers’ formal qualifications and the subjects they teach …” (more)

[Joe Humphreys, Irish Times, 15 June]

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IBEC condemns ‘heavy handed’ teacher union tactics

Posted in Governance and administration on April 14th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Business group Ibec has strongly criticised the use of pickets at teacher training centres to obstruct the roll-out of the new junior cycle programme. The organisation’s head of education policy, Tony Donohoe, said: ‘It is understandable that any education reform will raise concerns and prompt debate …'” (more)

[Joe Humphreys, Irish Times, 14 April]

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What teachers want: where should a bigger budget go?

Posted in Governance and administration on April 7th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Special education resources, teachers’ pay, smaller class sizes, halting casualisation: we ask teachers which areas need most investment. It’s been a stormy few years for education. Since the recession arrived in 2008, teachers have protested, loudly, about cutbacks and changes to the education system …” (more)

[Peter McGuire, Irish Times, 7 April]

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Half of young teachers work part-time

Posted in Governance and administration on April 7th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“One-in-two second-level teachers under the age of 30 have only part-time jobs, according to the Teachers Union of Ireland (TUI). Many of them are struggling to get by and meet even the most modest financial commitments, said TUI president Gerry Quinn …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 7 April]

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