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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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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State exams at risk of delays due to teachers’ strike

Posted in Teaching on January 22nd, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Almost 350,000 students are locked out of school today for the second time in two months as 27,000 teachers stop work in the row over Junior Cert reform. Teacher unions have warned that their campaign will continue …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 22 January]

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Unions announce date for January Junior Cycle strike day

Posted in Governance and administration on December 12th, 2014 by steve

Ireland“The ASTI Standing Committee and TUI Executive Committee today decided that a second day’s strike action over the Junior Cycle dispute will take place on Thursday, January 22nd. The unions also decided, if necessary, to take an additional day of strike action, the date to be announced …” (more)

[ASTI, 12 December]

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Teachers want new Junior Cert offer to halt strike

Posted in Teaching on November 15th, 2014 by steve

Ireland“Secondary teachers have refused to call off two strikes unless Education Minister Jan O’Sullivan tables a new offer on plans to make them mark the Junior Cert …” (more)

[Anne-Marie Walsh, Independent, 15 November]

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Parents and teachers on collision course over junior cycle strike plan

Posted in Teaching on November 13th, 2014 by steve

Ireland“Claims by the teacher unions that they have widespread public support for their stance on the junior cycle reforms have been challenged by the National Parents Council Post Primary …” (more)

[Joe Humphreys, Irish Times, 13 November]

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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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ASTI: Government must do more to protect education

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

Ireland“Today’s Budget announcement will do nothing to prevent the ongoing damage to second-level schools and to students’ education caused by years of education cuts, the ASTI said today …” (more)

[ASTI, 14 October]

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ASTI threatens series of strikes following ballot

Posted in Teaching on October 8th, 2014 by steve

Ireland“The 17,000 members of the country’s largest second-level teaching union have threatened a campaign of strikes over plans to have members assess their own pupils as part of the new Junior Cycle student award …” (more)

[Stephen Rogers, Irish Examiner, 8 October]

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Teachers vote in favour of strikes

Posted in Governance and administration on October 8th, 2014 by steve

Ireland“Education Minister Jan O’Sullivan will meet unions later this month in a bid to resolve the row over Junior Cert reforms, after second level teachers voted overwhelmingly for strike action …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 8 October]

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ASTI votes to extend industrial action over plan to abolish State exam at Junior Cycle

Posted in Governance and administration on October 7th, 2014 by steve

Ireland“ASTI members have voted overwhelmingly to extend the union’s industrial action over plans by the Minister for Education and Skills to implement the Framework for Junior Cycle. ASTI members have voted by 84% to 16% in favour of extending industrial action …” (more)

[ASTI, 7 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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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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Junior Cert results point to progress in science and maths

Posted in Teaching on September 10th, 2014 by steve

“Junior Cert results out today indicate that performance in science and mathematics continues to improve, reflecting similar progress in the senior cycle …” (more)

[Joe Humphreys, Irish Times, 10 September]

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ASTI: Dublin teacher Takes Over Leadership of Ireland’s Largest Second-Level Teachers’ Union

Posted in Governance and administration on July 31st, 2014 by steve

“From tomorrow, Friday August 1st, Philip Irwin, a teacher at the High School, Rathgar, Dublin, assumes the role of the President of the ASTI – Ireland’s largest second-level teachers’ union. Philip’s key priority for the coming year is to ensure that education reform serves to enhance Ireland’s second-level education service while maintaining standards …” (more)

[ASTI, 31 July]

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