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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Minister: JobBridge internships should not be used to fill vacant posts

Posted in Teaching on September 18th, 2014 by steve

“The Education Minister said no real jobs should be replaced by JobBridge internships. Jan O’Sullivan’s comments come after it emerged that some primary and secondary schools are using the work scheme to fill vacancies, including teaching and special needs assistant positions …” (more)

[, 18 September]

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Minister urged to scale down junior reforms to break ‘impasse’

Posted in Teaching on September 18th, 2014 by steve

“Secondary school managers are urging Minister for Education Jan O’Sullivan to scale down the extent of her junior cycle reforms as the threat of strike action by teachers grows …” (more)

[Joe Humphreys, Irish Times, 18 September]

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Report recommends changes to improve job security for teachers

Posted in Governance and administration on September 17th, 2014 by steve

“Teachers working part-time or on fixed-term contracts will have more job security under recommendations made by an expert group today, Minister for Education Jan O’Sullivan has said …” (more)

[Elaine Edwards, Irish Times, 17 September]

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Student teachers say Gaeltacht placement is ‘unregulated waste of money’

Posted in Teaching on September 17th, 2014 by steve

“Students training to become Primary School teachers have started a campaign for a reform of the Gaeltacht placement which is setting them back more than €1,500 and does not, they say, help improve their Irish skills …” (more)

[, 17 September]

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