Student teachers will seek payment for work placement

Posted in Governance and administration on April 6th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Student teachers are set to seek payment for work placements in line with other professions, including nurses. Delegations at today’s ASTI convention backed a motion seeking to negotiate a payment for teaching work by students during their postgraduate Master of Education Course …” (more)

[Anne-Marie Walsh, Independent, 6 April]

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Leaving Cert talks between Government and teacher unions to continue

Posted in Teaching on February 15th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Intensive talks between the Government and teacher unions will continue on Monday in a bid to find agreement on this year’s Leaving Cert State exam. Both sides held confidential discussions throughout the weekend, but Government sources said there was no certainty that agreement could be reached in time for Tuesday’s Cabinet meeting …” (more)

[Jennifer Bray, Sarah Burns, Simon Carswell and Anne Lucey, Irish Times, 15 February]

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Government prepared to go ahead with Leaving Cert planning without ASTI support

Posted in Teaching on February 13th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“The Government says it is determined to press ahead with planning for the Leaving Cert this year, with or without the agreement of the Association of Secondary Teachers in Ireland (ASTI). Despite the union’s decision to pull out of planning talks for the exams this week, a spokesman for Minister for Education Norma Foley said planning will continue this weekend as the Covid-19 pandemic threatens to disrupt the Leaving Cert for a second year …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 13 February]

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Simon Harris optimistic half of students will receive their first-choice college placement

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on February 12th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Higher Education Minister Simon Harris has committed to maintaining previous college course ratios, whatever the outcome of the Leaving Cert discussions. The ASTI teaching union said it was withdrawing from discussions last night on the Leaving Cert 2021, pending a guarantee that talks will focus on planning for examinations, rather than calculated grades …” (more)

[Aoife Moore, Irish Examiner, 12 February]

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ASTI agrees to fresh talks with Foley after quitting Leaving Cert negotiations

Posted in Teaching on February 12th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Fresh talks aimed at resolving a row over plans for the Leaving Cert exams are due to begin on Friday between the Minister for Education and the Association of Secondary Teachers Ireland (ASTI). The union’s decision to pull out of confidential discussions over the exams on Thursday threatened to derail the Government’s plans to provide clarity for tens of thousand of students early next week …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 11 February]

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Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire TD comments on ASTI ballot result

Posted in Governance and administration on February 11th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Sinn Féin spokesperson on Education Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire TD has commented on the decision of the ASTI to vote against the public service pay agreement. Teachta Ó Laoghaire said …” (more)

[Sinn Féin, 10 February]

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Teacher union ASTI votes against new public pay agreement

Posted in Governance and administration on February 10th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Second-level teachers represented by the ASTI trade union have voted decisively to reject the proposed new public service pay agreement. In a ballot, which concluded on Wednesday, ASTI members voted against the new deal by 79% to 21%. ASTI president Ann Piggott said the proposed agreement did not resolve the problem of unequal pay in teaching, an issue which the union had been pursuing for more than a decade …” (more)

[Martin Wall, Irish Times, 10 February]

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More than 550 students who sat postponed Leaving Cert to get improved CAO offers

Posted in Governance and administration on February 7th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“More than 550 students who sat the postponed Leaving Cert are to receive improved CAO offers this week on foot of securing improved grades in the written exams. A total of 2,000 students who sat the Leaving Cert written exams in November and December received their results last week. Almost 40% of grades achieved were higher than those given through the calculated grade process …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 7 February]

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Teachers’ unions call for Leaving Cert to go ahead as planned

Posted in Teaching on January 14th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Two teachers’ unions have called for the Leaving Certificate exams to go ahead as planned following last year’s difficulty with calculated grades. The Association of Secondary Teachers in Ireland (ASTI) and the Teachers’ Union of Ireland (TUI) have said that the Leaving Cert should go ahead in June, despite calls for the exams to be axed this year …” (more)

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Foley and unions agree on Leaving Cert but no deal over schools’ return

Posted in Teaching on January 9th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Education Minister Norma Foley, teacher unions and other education partners have agreed they want the Leaving Cert to go ahead – but they are no closer to getting sixth years back into the classroom. Less than 24 hours after teacher unions pulled the plug on plans to reopen schools on Monday for 60,000 Leaving Cert students and 18,000 pupils with special needs, a new round of talks was under way in an effort to find agreement …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 9 January]

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Traditional Leaving Cert still the ‘firm objective’ despite schools staying closed – Minister Norma Foley

Posted in Teaching on January 8th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Holding a traditional Leaving Cert this summer is still the Government’s ‘firm objective’ despite schools remaining closed until February, education minister Norma Foley has said. Earlier this evening, the ASTI directed its members not to engage with the Department of Education’s plan to reopen schools to Leaving Cert students from next Monday due to ‘health and safety concerns’ …” (more)

[Eoghan Moloney, Independent, 7 January]

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ASTI: State exams must go ahead in 2021 ‘no matter what’

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Teaching on January 5th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“The president of the Association of Secondary Students in Ireland (ASTI) has said that State exams must go ahead in 2021 ‘no matter what’. Speaking on RTÉ radio’s Today show, Ms Piggott said that the content of exam papers may need to be changed because of the current situation …” (more)

[Vivienne Clarke, Irish Examiner, 5 January]

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Teacher unions split on impact of new deal on two-tier pay scales

Posted in Governance and administration on December 31st, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The Irish National Teachers Organisation (INTO) have welcomed the proposals for ‘the closing of the pay inequality chapter’. But there has been a muted response from the two second-level teachers’ unions, the ASTI and the TUI, who see two key areas of unfinished business …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 31 December]

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ASTI has ‘some concern’ at downgrading of 63,000 Leaving Cert results

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Teaching on September 2nd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The largest second-level teachers union in Ireland has expressed ‘some concern’ that 63,000 Leaving Cert calculated grades have been downgraded by the Department of Education …” (more)

[Jess Casey and Elaine Loughlin, Irish Examiner, 1 September]

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ASTI seeks agreement on pay as State plans to hire 1,000 teachers

Posted in Governance and administration on August 4th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“One of the country’s largest teaching unions has warned that plans to hire more than 1,000 extra teachers for secondary schools will not be achieved unless the issue of pay parity within the profession is addressed. The Association of Secondary Teachers of Ireland has called on the Government to commit to the restoration of equal pay for individuals who had taken up teaching posts after 2010 if it was serious about recruiting and retaining 1,080 additional secondary teachers …” (more)

[Seán McCárthaigh, Irish Times, 3 August]

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Leaving Cert results date: ASTI criticises announcement but says ‘at least there’s now certainty’

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Teaching on July 17th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The largest secondary schools teachers’ union has said that it was ‘disappointing’ the way news of the Leaving Cert results day was announced, but that there is at least now certainty of the timeline …” (more)

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Where next for the Leaving Cert?

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Teaching on June 23rd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“‘Teachers will predict the grades of their own students and there will be no Leaving Cert exam’ – if you’d suggested this at the start of 2020, teachers, unions, parents, students and the Department of Education would have assumed you were sleep-talking through a far-fetched Leaving Cert dream …” (more)

[Peter McGuire, Irish Times, 23 June]

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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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Teachers enter uncharted territory in grading Leaving Cert students

Posted in Teaching on May 23rd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The white-knuckle ride that is the Leaving Cert for the class of 2020 continues apace. The Association of Secondary Teachers’ Ireland (ASTI)’s direction to members on Thursday evening not to engage in awarding students calculated grades had plunged the ‘Plan B’ for the examinations into fresh uncertainty …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 22 May]

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Leaving Cert: ASTI agrees to engage with calculated grades process after indemnity row resolved

Posted in Legal issues, Teaching on May 22nd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The Association of Secondary Teachers in Ireland (ASTI) has agreed to engage with the Leaving Cert calculated grades process after getting further clarification on the State indemnity. It clears the way for its members to start the process of providing estimated marks for their students, as an alternative to sitting written exams …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 22 May]

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