Future Leaving Cert exams may be influenced by ‘calculated grades’

Posted in Teaching on June 2nd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“This year’s calculated grades process for Leaving Cert students could influence how future end-of-school exams are carried out, the president of a teachers’ union has said. Seamus Lahart, president of the Teachers’ Union of Ireland, said the union is in principle opposed to the idea of teachers grading their own students for the purposes of State exams …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 2 June]

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Munster university merger concerns

Posted in Governance and administration on June 1st, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The Teacher’s Union of Ireland (TUI) has called for matters of industrial relations to be ‘urgently addressed’ following the CIT and Institute of Technology Tralee (ITT) merger announcement on Tuesday. The Munster Technological University (MTU) has been in the pipeline since 2013 and is now set to become Ireland’s newest university, the second in Cork …” (more)

[Michael Olney, Cork Independent, 27 May]

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TUI wants CIT and IT Tralee staff issues resolved before Munster Technological University operational

Posted in Governance and administration on May 29th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Outstanding industrial relations matters must be addressed urgently before the new Munster Technological University is formally established, according to the Teachers’ Union of Ireland (TUI) …” (more)

[Jess Casey, Irish Examiner, 28 May]

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Education unions call for third level forum

Posted in Governance and administration on May 27th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Trade unions representing staff at all levels of the education system have called for the creation of a new sectoral forum to help address the crisis affecting the third level sector. The Irish Congress of Trade Unions Education Sector Group says emergency funding will be needed to address the immediate impact of the Covid-19 crisis on universities and other higher education institutions, which have experienced significant funding deficits as a result …” (more)

[Fórsa, 25 May]

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Leaving Cert plan in doubt as teachers’ union tells members not to co-operate

Posted in Teaching on May 22nd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Plans to award thousands of Leaving Cert students predicted grades have been thrown into doubt after the country’s biggest secondary teachers’union directed members not to engage with the process. The Association of Secondary Teachers Ireland (ASTI) said plans to indemnify teachers against legal action were not strong enough and could potentially lead to personal liabilities for second level teachers …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 20 May]

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ASTI: Legal protection currently being offered to teachers ‘falls short of what is required’

Posted in Teaching on May 22nd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The country’s largest second-level teaching union has advised its members not to begin marking Leaving Cert students as it believes the legal protection currently being offered to teachers is unacceptable …” (more)

[Jess Casey, Irish Examiner, 21 May]

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ASTI: Leaving Cert students allowed to choose assessment level

Posted in Teaching on May 20th, 2020 by steve

“Leaving Cert students will be able to choose what level they are assessed under before their calculated grades are finalised. Students can nominate whether they are assessed under Higher or Ordinary level before their grade estimations are completed, the Association of Secondary Teachers, Ireland (ASTI) has told its members …” (more)

[Jess Casey, Irish Examiner, 19 May]

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Gifts for teachers to be treated as ‘serious attempt’ to undermine Leaving Cert grades

Posted in Teaching on May 18th, 2020 by steve

“Any attempt to offer teachers gifts or inducements in relation to students’ Leaving Cert results will be treated as a ‘serious attempt’ to interfere with an entire school’s grades, under new Department of Education rules. Department officials are finalising official guidance for teachers and schools over the use of calculated grades for students and it is likely to issue to teachers’ representatives in the middle of this week …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 18 May]

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Teachers’ unions seek clarity on predictive Leaving Cert grading

Posted in Legal issues, Teaching on May 11th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The country’s largest teachers’ union is seeking legal advice over fears teachers could be sued due to the calculated grades they give this year’s Leaving Cert students. There are also major concerns around schools reopening safely in September, given it was deemed unsafe for students to hold the Leaving Cert exams during July and August …” (more)

[Jess Casey, Irish Examiner, 11 May]

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Parents and pupils who try to influence Leaving Cert results face being reported to State

Posted in Teaching on May 11th, 2020 by steve

“Parents or students who seek to influence a Leaving Cert grade awarded by teachers will be reported to the Department of Education. The move comes amid evidence of pupils who were quick off the mark to send messages of appreciation to teachers, which could be interpreted as seeking favourable treatment, after it was announced that grades calculated by teachers would replace traditional exams …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 11 May]

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Leaving Cert: Teachers seek safeguards against parental pressure on grades

Posted in Teaching on May 9th, 2020 by steve

“One of the country’s biggest teachers’ union is calling for clear ‘safeguards’ to prevent pressure being applied to teachers from parents over Leaving Cert calculated grades. Minister for Education Joe McHugh announced on Friday that the State exams will not go ahead this summer for the first time in almost 100 years …” (more)

[Jack Power and Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 9 May]

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Government fears lawsuits over ‘calculated grades’ as Leaving Cert postponed

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Legal issues, Teaching on May 9th, 2020 by steve

“The Government is concerned over its exposure to legal action by students who may miss out on college places following its decision to replace the Leaving Cert with a system of ‘calculated grades’. Minister for Education Joe McHugh announced on Friday that the exams will not go ahead this summer for the first time in almost 100 years …” (more)

[Jennifer Bray and Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 9 May]

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Leaving Cert ‘Plan B’ could see grades based on class rankings

Posted in Teaching on May 7th, 2020 by steve

“Leaving Cert students may be awarded grades based on their class ranking and their performance in recent assessments under a potential ‘Plan B’ to the summer exams. The Irish Times understands that a draft Department of Education plan could involve school principals signing off on a process where teachers award provisional grades based on student performance to date …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien and Marie O’Halloran, Irish Times, 7 May]

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Teachers voice grave concerns about health implications if Leaving Cert goes ahead

Posted in Teaching on May 7th, 2020 by steve

“Teachers’ unions have voiced grave concerns with Department of Education officials about the health implications for members if the Leaving Cert goes ahead later this summer. Both unions met on Wednesday night to discuss these issues and what role their members may be prepared to play in grading Leaving Cert students if the exams are cancelled …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien and Vivienne Clarke, Irish Times, 7 May]

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Teachers’ union distances itself from branch seeking cancellation of Leaving Cert

Posted in Teaching on April 27th, 2020 by steve

“The Teachers’ Union of Ireland has distanced itself from one of its branches which has called for the Leaving Cert exam to be cancelled due to health and safety concerns. The TUI’s Dublin City branch says there are mounting concerns over issues such as the ventilation of exam halls, physical distancing and questions such as whether students will need to wear face masks …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 26 April]

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‘No guarantee’ Leaving Cert will proceed this summer, teachers’ union tells members

Posted in Teaching on April 19th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“There is no guarantee the Leaving Cert will proceed in late July or early August despite the Government’s decision to press ahead with the exams, a teachers’ union has told its members. In a nine-page advisory document, the Teachers’ Union of Ireland (TUI) has said ‘there is not and there cannot’ at this stage be a guarantee that the rescheduled date for the exams will hold …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 19 April]

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TUI will work with State Examinations Commission to help vulnerable Leaving Cert students

Posted in Teaching on April 14th, 2020 by steve

“The Teachers’ Union of Ireland says it will be working with the State Examinations Commission to help vulnerable Leaving Cert students. It says those with underlying health issues and special education needs must not have their prospects further damaged by the coronavirus crisis …” (more)

[Irish Examiner, 14 April]

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Leaving Cert proposal not feasible, union claims

Posted in Teaching on April 13th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The Associations of Secondary Teachers, Ireland have told its members the Leaving Cert proposal cannot be enforced. The State exam has been pushed back from its traditional start date at the beginning of June, to either late July or early August …” (more)

[Irish Examiner, 13 April]

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Students fear delay to Leaving Cert will cause stress and burnout

Posted in Teaching on April 11th, 2020 by steve

“Many secondary students have expressed concern that the Government’s decision to postpone the Leaving Cert until late summer will lead to burnout and mental health problems among exam candidates. Minister for Education Joe McHugh confirmed on Friday that the exams will be postponed until late July or early August in light of public health concerns …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 11 April]

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Teachers’ union raises ‘serious concerns’ over delay in Leaving Cert

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Teaching on April 11th, 2020 by steve

“The country’s largest secondary teachers union says it has ‘a number of serious concerns’ over elements of the decision to postpone the Leaving Cert until late summer. While the Association of Secondary Teachers Ireland (ASTI) said it welcomed the decision in principle, it understood there is concern in the union over the length of the school year and the prospect of teachers being asked to return for two weeks or more in July to prepare students for the exams …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 11 April]

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