Analysis: Divisions within the ASTI reflect deeper rift between older and newer members

Posted in Teaching on April 24th, 2014 by steve

“Having turned on the Minister for Education in a controversial display of disorder on Tuesday, the ASTI yesterday turned on itself. Allegations of bullying and smear campaigns flew back and forth between delegates as the union argued over who was best placed to speak for teachers …” (more)

[Joe Humphreys, Irish Times, 24 April]

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ASTI general secretary Pat King calls for unity

Posted in Governance and administration, Teaching on April 24th, 2014 by steve

“ASTI general secretary Pat King has called for unity, warning that ‘sniping from the wings’ is undermining the union’s leadership and weakening its hand in negotiations …” (more)

[Joe Humphreys, Irish Times, 24 April]

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Teacher training for Junior Cycle plan ‘totally inadequate’, claims union

Posted in Governance and administration on April 22nd, 2014 by steve

“English teachers – the first group of teachers due to work with the new Junior Cycle framework – have expressed only limited confidence in the model after undergoing introductory training …” (more)

[Joe Humphreys, Irish Times, 22 April]

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Schools do not have capacity for Minister’s Junior Cycle changes, say 89% of teachers – Millward Brown survey

Posted in Teaching on April 16th, 2014 by steve

“Only 11% of second-level teachers believe their school has good capacity to implement the Minister’s new Framework for Junior Cycle in September 2014, a survey by Millward Brown has found …” (more)

[ASTI, 16 April]

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Sixty per cent of teachers ‘feeling continuously stressed’

Posted in Teaching on April 16th, 2014 by steve

“Job satisfaction among secondary school teachers has dropped sharply in the past five years, with administrative work and school evaluations among the biggest gripes. Only 44% of respondents in a survey published today said they were quite satisfied or very satisfied with their work …” (more)

[Joe Humphreys, Irish Times, 16 April]

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27,000 teachers to be balloted on industrial action over Junior Cycle proposals – Joint ASTI / TUI Press Statement

Posted in Teaching on February 14th, 2014 by steve

“Twenty-seven thousand second-level teachers will be balloted on non-cooperation with new Junior Cycle proposals this March …” (more)

[ASTI, 14 February]

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Second level unions to ballot teachers on Junior Cert reforms

Posted in Teaching on January 18th, 2014 by steve

“Two unions representing second level teachers, the ASTI and TUI, are to ballot their members on withdrawal of co-operation with planned Junior Cert reforms …” (more)

[Genevieve Carbery, Irish Times, 18 January]

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Strike threat removed as Asti votes to accept revised deal

Posted in Governance and administration on December 20th, 2013 by steve

“The Association of Secondary Teachers, Ireland has voted to accept the revised Haddington Road agreement by a margin of 57% for and 43% against. The decision immediately removes the potential for any strike action …” (more)

[Dick Ahlstrom, Irish Times, 19 December]

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Cabinet warning escalates row with teachers

Posted in Governance and administration on December 4th, 2013 by steve

“The Government is on a collision course with 16,000 secondary school teachers, after it told the Association of Secondary Teachers (ASTI) they are obliged to undertake unpaid substitution and supervision duties from next month …” (more)

[Claire O’Sullivan, Irish Examiner, 4 December]

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Teachers’ union will not accept redundancies

Posted in Governance and administration on December 2nd, 2013 by steve

“The ASTI has warned they will not accept compulsory redundancies on the back of a review of pupil-teacher ratios in schools …” (more)

[BreakingNews.ie, 2 December]

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Teachers could be first public servants to lose jobs

Posted in Governance and administration on December 2nd, 2013 by steve

“Teachers in up to 30 schools face losing their jobs next year if the ASTI rejects the Haddington Road pay and productivity deal again …” (more)

[Independent, 2 December]

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School league tables, again (& again)

Posted in Governance and administration on November 27th, 2013 by steve

“The Irish Times published their data yesterday on progression to third level education by school, so-called ‘league tables’. The responses in the letter’s page today are fairly predictable …” (more)

[Kevin Denny: Economics more-or-less, 27 November]

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Assessing school league tables

Posted in Governance and administration on November 27th, 2013 by steve

“… League tables are based on a narrow and distorted view of second-level education, ie that it is all about exam results and CAO points. League tables tell us very little about schools because they ignore the multi-faceted work they do …” (more)

[Pat King, Irish Times, 27 November]

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Union dissatisfaction remains over the planned reform of the Junior Cert

Posted in Teaching on November 26th, 2013 by steve

“Meeting focused on concerns over credibility and integrity of school-based assessments …” (more)

[Dick Ahlstrom, Irish Times, 26 November]

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‘Serious concerns’ raised by unions over junior cycle changes

Posted in Teaching on November 25th, 2013 by steve

“Planned changes to the junior cycle curriculum ‘cannot be implemented in the manner and timeframe’ proposed by the Department of Education and Skills, teachers’ unions have warned …” (more)

[Ciara Kenny, Irish Times, 25 November]

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ASTI industrial action to continue if members reject latest proposals

Posted in Governance and administration on November 18th, 2013 by steve

“Second-level teachers represented by the ASTI will continue with their current campaign of industrial action if they vote to reject new proposals under the Haddington Road agreement in another ballot to be held shortly …” (more)

[Martin Wall, Irish Times, 18 November]

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ASTI members will escalate industrial action if they vote against Haddington Road agreement

Posted in Governance and administration on November 17th, 2013 by steve

“ASTI members will ‘rachet’ up industrial action if they vote to reject the Haddington Road proposals on pay and productivity …” (more)

[Independent, 17 November]

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‘No change’ on pay deal, ASTI told

Posted in Governance and administration on October 20th, 2013 by steve

“The Government last night warned the ASTI teachers’ union that any talks to end their disruptive dispute will not allow any change to the Haddington Road deal …” (more)

[Daniel McConnell, Independent, 20 October]

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Quinn opens door to talks with secondary teachers

Posted in Governance and administration on October 18th, 2013 by steve

“Minister for Education Ruairi Quinn has said he is willing to talk to the Association of Secondary Teachers Ireland (ASTI) about education matters but not about terms and conditions under the Haddington Road agreement …” (more)

[Martin Wall, Irish Times, 18 October]

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ASTI: Impact of second-level education cuts to continue

Posted in Governance and administration on October 15th, 2013 by steve

“‘Today’s Budget is the first recognition by the Government that schools have reached breaking point because of five years of savage cuts’, ASTI General Secretary Pat King has said …” (more)

[ASTI, 15 October]

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