Planned junior cycle changes lack credibility

Posted in Teaching on October 22nd, 2014 by steve

Ireland“To resist unsound changes to the junior cycle being imposed by Government, members of the Association of Secondary Teachers of Ireland (ASTI) and the Teachers Union of Ireland (TUI) have voted overwhelmingly for industrial action …” (more)

[Philip Irwin, Irish Examiner, 22 October]

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Changes to Junior Cycle

Posted in Teaching on October 20th, 2014 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – To resist unsound changes to the Junior Cycle being imposed by Government, ASTI and TUI members have voted overwhelmingly for industrial action, up to and including strike action if necessary …” (more)

[Philip Irwin, Irish Times, 20 October]

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O’Sullivan hopeful of progress in Junior Cert reform dispute

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

Ireland“The minister will meet second-level teacher unions next Wednesday in an attempt to break the impasse over the radical changes proposed for Junior Cert students and their teachers …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 17 October]

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Education Minister to meet second-level teacher unions in attempt to break Junior Cycle reform deadlock

Posted in Teaching on October 16th, 2014 by steve

Ireland“Education Minister Jan O’Sullivan will meet second-level teacher unions next week in an attempt to break the impasse over Junior Cycle reform …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 16 October]

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ASTI and junior cycle

Posted in Teaching on September 19th, 2014 by steve

“A chara, – Joe Humphreys in his ‘Cog Notes’ column (September 16th) is very wide of the mark when he describes the position of ASTI and TUI on the Framework for Junior Cycle document as a ‘rejectionist stance’ …” (more)

[Philip Irwin, Irish Times, 19 September]

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School bodies back longer time frame for junior cycle reform

Posted in Teaching on September 19th, 2014 by steve

“All three groups representing second-level schools say they support delays to some assessment by teachers of their junior cycle students — to help resolve an ongoing dispute …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 19 September]

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New Junior Cycle will lead to fall in education standards, warns ASTI President

Posted in Teaching on September 18th, 2014 by steve

“ASTI President and Dublin teacher Philip Irwin has warned that the abolition of the State examination at Junior Cycle will undermine education standards …” (more)

[ASTI, 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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€1m spend on training that teachers won’t attend

Posted in Teaching on September 15th, 2014 by steve

“The Department of Education could spend €1m in the next year on designing training that teachers are refusing to attend, in an industrial dispute over junior cycle reform …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 15 September]

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O’Sullivan rejects criticism of reforms

Posted in Teaching on September 11th, 2014 by steve

“Minister for Education Jan O’Sullivan says she believes a compromise can be reached with teachers on the Junior Cycle reforms, but she rejected union claims that the plan is simply a money-saving exercise …” (more)

[Joe Humphreys, Irish Times, 11 September]

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Big surge in uptake of Junior Cert oral Irish

Posted in Teaching on September 9th, 2014 by steve

“The number of students who did an optional Junior Certificate oral Irish test has shot up by one-third this year, despite teacher union opposition to school-based assessment …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 9 September]

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Minister doesn’t rule out changes to junior cycle reform

Posted in Teaching on September 4th, 2014 by steve

“Education Minister Jan O’Sullivan is not ruling out any changes to the detail of junior cycle reforms after hearing teachers’ concerns about the plans. She met leaders of the Association of Secondary Teachers Ireland (Asti) and Teachers’ Union of Ireland yesterday …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 4 September]

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Minister: New junior cycle will go ahead, and I’ll meet teachers later

Posted in Teaching on July 30th, 2014 by steve

“The Education Minister said the new revised Junior Cert will go ahead in September and she intends to hold talks with teachers about it. TUI and ASTI members have threatened further industrial action over the changes, which they say are educationally unsound …” (more)

[BreakingNews.ie, 30 July]

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Education minister faces many tests in new role

Posted in Governance and administration on July 14th, 2014 by steve

“The new education minister has worked in the classroom, but will rely on lessons learned in the political arena. One of the biggest tests of Jan O’Sullivan’s political mettle will be how she decides to proceed on the roll out of a replacement for the Junior Certificate …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 14 July]

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Junior cycle reforms in doubt as no talks have taken place

Posted in Teaching on July 10th, 2014 by steve

“The future of major reforms of the junior cycle looks uncertain as outgoing Education Minister Ruairi Quinn has failed to reach any compromise with teacher unions …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 10 July]

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The Junior Certificate

Posted in Teaching on June 9th, 2014 by steve

“Sir, – I am a teacher superintending the Junior Certificate State examinations, which the Minister for Education wishes to abolish. What I see each day are educated young women and men of 16 sitting a series of differentiated, fair, demanding, objective, standardised exams …” (more)

[Fergal Canton, Irish Times, 9 June]

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New minister for Education?

Posted in Governance and administration on June 4th, 2014 by steve

“Don’t take this personally Mr Quinn but you are 68. You were first appointed to cabinet in 1986. You have been a disaster at this job. Anyway – who will get his job? What effect will this have on new Jc? …” (more)

[boards.ie, 3 June]

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Quinn urged to resolve row on junior cycle reform

Posted in Teaching on May 31st, 2014 by steve

“A parents’ leader has called on teacher unions and Education Minister Ruairi Quinn to resolve the dispute over junior cycle reform …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 31 May]

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Minister Quinn invites teachers unions to talk on junior cycle reform, ASTI welcome the invite

Posted in Teaching on May 29th, 2014 by steve

“The Minister for Education has invited the two secondary school teachers unions to enter talks on the new Junior Cert cycle. The ASTI have welcomed the invitation …” (more)

[TheJournal.ie, 29 May]

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Minister Quinn to invite teacher unions to talks on new JCSA

Posted in Teaching on May 29th, 2014 by steve

“The Minister for Education and Skills, Ruairí Quinn TD, is to invite the two second level teacher unions to talks relating to the new Junior Cycle Student Awards, which are being phased in from September to incoming first year students …” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 29 May]

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