History teachers criticise union stance on junior cycle subjects

Posted in Teaching on May 16th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“The unions of secondary teacher have been criticised by some of their own members for singling out the protection of civic, social and political education (CSPE) in negotiations over junior-cycle reform …” (more)

[Joe Humphreys, Irish Times, 16 May]

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Teachers’ action over junior cycle to continue

Posted in Teaching on May 8th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Teaching unions insist they will continue industrial action to achieve further changes to junior cycle reforms that have already been significantly moderated. As thousands of teachers protested at school gates around the country, Education Minister Jan O’Sullivan repeated her call on the Association of Secondary Teachers Ireland (ASTI) and Teachers’ Union of Ireland (TUI) to return to talks …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 8 May]

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Unions urge teachers to ‘hold firm’ on junior cycle reform

Posted in Teaching on April 8th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“The leaders of the two unions representing secondary teachers have urged members to ‘hold firm’ in their industrial action over junior cycle reforms. In a joint statement, delivered to their respective conferences in Killarney and Wexford, ASTI president Philip Irwin and TUI president Gerry Quinn said the dispute was now at a ‘critical stage’ …” (more)

[Joe Humphreys, Irish Times, 8 April]

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Address by Jan O’Sullivan TD, Minister for Education and Skills, at the TUI Congress, Wexford

Posted in Governance and administration on April 8th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Good afternoon. A Uachtaráin, a Rúnaí Ghinearálta, a Thoscairí agus a chairde, Is mian liom mo bhuíochas a ghabháil libh as an gcuireadh chugam le bheith in bhur dteannta ag an gcomhdháil bhliantúil agaibh, anseo i Loch Garman …” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 8 April]

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Teachers to demonstrate during April over Junior Cycle syllabus

Posted in Governance and administration on April 7th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Secondary school teachers will undertake lunchtime protests at training centres for the new Junior Cycle syllabus later this month. The protests are in response to concerns that English teachers, who will be the first to implement the new syllabus, are not being properly included in its design and implementation …” (more)

[Peter McGuire, Irish Times, 7 April]

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Teachers unions differ on exam reforms

Posted in Teaching on April 7th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“The potential for division between the two second-level unions on strategy in relation to junior cycle reforms will be watched closely by the Department of Education this week … ” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 7 April]

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Teachers threaten further strike action over Junior Cycle plan

Posted in Teaching on March 31st, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Secondary school teachers are threatening further strike action over plans to reform of the Junior Cycle, predicting the industrial relations dispute will continue into next year. Association of Secondary Teachers Ireland (ASTI) general secretary Pat King said the decision for a third strike date would depend on whether ‘any precipitous action on the part of the department or the Minister’ was taken ….” (more)

[Joe Humphreys, Irish Times, 31 March]

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Junior cycle concessions carry ‘risks’, chief inspector warns

Posted in Teaching on March 20th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Demands by secondary teacher unions to abandon school-based assessment from the new junior cycle would deprive students of ’21st century learning in schools’, the chief inspector of the Department of Education and Skills has said …” (more)

[Joe Humphreys, Irish Times, 20 March]

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School management body accuses teachers of blocking reforms

Posted in Governance and administration on March 19th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Secondary teacher unions are effectively blocking ‘valuable improvements in teaching and learning’, one of the country’s main school management bodies has said. In a strongly worded criticism of the unions’ policy of non-cooperation with junior cycle reforms …” (more)

[Joe Humphreys, Irish Times, 19 March]

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Minister snubbed by teachers’ union over Junior Cert dispute

Posted in Teaching on March 14th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“The secondary teachers union, the ASTI, is snubbing Education Minister Jan O’Sullivan with a decision not to invite her to its annual Easter conference …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 14 March]

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Union ban on teacher training under fire

Posted in Teaching on March 9th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“A ban by two teacher unions on members taking up online junior cycle reform training in their own time has been criticised by Education Minister Jan O’Sullivan …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 9 March]

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Junior Cert row rumbles on as O’Sullivan rebuffs union bid for trade-off

Posted in Teaching on March 4th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“The stand-off between Education Minister Jan O’Sullivan and teacher unions over the Junior Cert continues, after the minister dismissed requests for a trade-off …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 4 March]

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Teachers, O’Sullivan remain deadlocked on junior cycle reform

Posted in Teaching on March 3rd, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Teachers’ unions and Minister for Education Jan O’Sullivan remain deadlocked on the question of implementing junior cycle reform. While the possibility of negotiation remains open there is no agreement as yet to initiate fresh talks …” (more)

[Dick Ahlstrom, Irish Times, 2 March]

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Teachers stand firm on Junior Cert reform plan

Posted in Teaching on March 2nd, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Second-level teacher union leaders are hanging tough in the face of Education Minister Jan O’Sullivan’s decision to push ahead with plans for Junior Cert reform without their agreement …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 2 March]

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School managers to be briefed on junior cycle implementation plan

Posted in Teaching on March 2nd, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Department of Education officials are due to brief school managers today on how they intend to proceed with implementing junior cycle reforms despite continuing protests from teachers …” (more)

[Joe Humphreys, Irish Times, 2 March]

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Joint statement from ASTI/TUI meeting on Junior Cycle

Posted in Teaching on February 28th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“For the record we identify the following as issues of key importance: Parity of treatment of subjects; External assessment of oral tests, projects, practicals etc; …” (more)

[ASTI, 28 February]

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Minister will press ahead with Junior Cert changes

Posted in Teaching on February 28th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“The Minister for Education said she regrets the failure of the TUI and ASTI to accept what she says was a fair and reasonable compromise on Junior Cycle reform and she intends to press ahead with the changes …” (more)

[BreakingNews.ie, 28 February]

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Divisions emerging in teacher unions ahead of crucial junior cycle meeting

Posted in Teaching on February 26th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Serious divisions have emerged within secondary teacher unions over how to respond to a compromise plan for reforming the junior cycle. The executive bodies of the ASTI and TUI, which together represent 27,000 post-primary teachers, are holding a crucial meeting tomorrow to decide whether to escalate their industrial action …” (more)

[Joe Humphreys, Irish Times, 26 February]

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Teachers’ unions to consider junior cycle reform proposals

Posted in Teaching on February 20th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Amended proposals on junior cycle reform will be considered by teachers unions next week in a bid to avoid further strike action. A revised set of compromise measures is to be circulated by chairman of negotiations Dr Padraic Travers, after further talks between unions and Department of Education officials today …” (more)

[Joe Humphreys, Irish Times, 19 February]

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Unions reject proposal to split junior cycle assessment in two

Posted in Teaching on February 14th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Executive members of the secondary teacher unions have rejected a compromise plan in the junior cycle dispute under which students would be assessed by both teachers and external exams …” (more)

[Joe Humphreys, Irish Times, 13 February]

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