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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Leaving Cert: ASTI says Minister ‘prematurely’ announced plans in hope teachers would ‘put up or shut up’

Posted in Teaching on May 22nd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Secondary teachers’ union ASTI has said the Minister for Education acted prematurely in issuing the guidelines for teachers in assessing predicted grades for this year’s Leaving Certificate. On Thursday, the union directed its members not to engage in the predictive grades process, saying plans to indemnify teachers against legal action were not strong enough and could potentially lead to personal liabilities for second-level teachers …” (more)

[Vivienne Clarke and Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 22 May]

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Leaving Cert: State indemnity row rumbles on amid claim teachers could be liable for costs of legal action

Posted in Teaching on May 22nd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Efforts continuing to resolve the row over State indemnity for Leaving Cert grading process, as a union claims that teachers could be caught for up to one third of the costs of an action by a student. The row has arisen over the strength of the legal protection for teachers in the event of a challenge against a grade …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 22 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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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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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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ASTI executive to meet amid confusion over Leaving Cert exams

Posted in Teaching on April 13th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The executive of the Association of Secondary Teachers in Ireland (ASTI) is to meet on Tuesday morning amid confusion about teaching arrangements for the delayed Leaving Cert exams. Minister for Education Joe McHugh announced last week that the exams would go ahead in July. This was followed by a meeting of the ASTI executive on Friday night, after which a statement relating to arrangements for teachers was posted on the ASTI website …” (more)

[Tim O’Brien, Irish Times, 13 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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More strikes likely as ASTI ballots members over lower pay arrangements

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

Ireland“The next government is facing potentially more industrial unrest in schools as the Association of Secondary Teachers Ireland (ASTI) on Tuesday said it expected its members to resoundingly back industrial action in a forthcoming ballot. About 450 second level schools as well as institutes of technology and centres of further education were closed on Tuesday as a result of a one-day stoppage by members of the Teachers’ Union of Ireland (TUI) over lower pay arrangements for staff recruited since 2011 …” (more)

[Martin Wall and Sarah Burns, Irish Times, 4 February]

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ASTI ‘make no apologies’ for TUI teachers’ strike against ‘horror’ of pay inequality

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

Ireland“Secondary School union the ASTI has dismissed suggestions strike action by TUI members amounts to election blackmail. Hundreds of schools are set to close tomorrow due to strike action by the Teachers Union of Ireland over pay parity for new entrants …” (more)

[Irish Examiner, 3 February]

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