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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INTO calls for recruitment of emigrating teachers to combat large class sizes

Posted in Governance and administration on April 6th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“It is a disgrace that highly qualified teaching graduates are being forced to emigrate at a time when Ireland has the most overcrowded classes in the euro zone, the president of the INTO primary teachers’ union has said … ” (more)

[Joe Humphreys, Irish Times, 6 April]

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Evidence emerges of teachers doing students’ project work

Posted in Teaching on April 4th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Evidence that some teachers are doing project work for students taking the Leaving Cert Applied has emerged in an inspector’s report from the State Examinations Commission (SEC) …” (more)

[Joe Humphreys, Irish Times, 4 April]

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Technology is increasing teachers’ workload, union survey shows

Posted in Teaching on April 3rd, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Almost three quarters of post-primary teachers surveyed by the Teachers’ Union of Ireland (TUI) believe the use of technology is increasing their workload. The online survey of 545 teachers highlights a number of related grievances of union members …” (more)

[Joe Humphreys, Irish Times, 3 April]

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‘Fitness to teach’ hearings to be held in public

Posted in Legal issues, Teaching on January 22nd, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Hearings into complaints about serious misconduct and underperformance by teachers will be heard in public, Education Minister Jan O’Sullivan has decided …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 22 January]

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Hundreds of retired teachers hired by schools despite glut of unemployed graduates

Posted in Teaching on November 3rd, 2014 by steve

Ireland“Education authorities are powerless to prevent schools hiring retired teachers at a time when hundreds of newly-qualified teachers are unable to find work, internal documents show …” (more)

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

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The OECD Report and Teacher Bashing

Posted in Governance and administration on September 19th, 2014 by steve

“The most recent OECD report on educational indicators received some coverage in the media but one would think from that coverage that the only issue of concern to the OECD was teachers’ pay …” (more)

[educationandstuff, 19 September]

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Teaching posts and JobBridge

Posted in Teaching on September 19th, 2014 by steve

“Sir, – Any optimism about our ‘economic recovery’ is surely tempered by listening to debates on national radio about whether or not qualified teachers should be paid €50 on top of their social welfare payment for a full week’s work …” (more)

[Maeve Haplin, Irish Times, 19 September]

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