Irish education costs are ‘unfair’, Barnardos claims

Posted in Governance and administration on August 3rd, 2016 by steve

Ireland“The Irish education system has ‘inequality and unfairness’ at its core, while claims of free education are an ‘insult’ to parents struggling to cover back-to-school costs, Barnardos has said …” (more)

[Conor Pope, Irish Times, 3 August]

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The changing face of how we assess our students

Posted in Teaching on May 11th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“This milestone month, which sees the start of classroom assessment and the launch of a centre for excellence in the area, gives a glimpse of the future, writes our education correspondent …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 11 May]

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The double-think at the heart of teacher training

Posted in Teaching on November 3rd, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Opinion: There’s a disconnect between teacher education and the reality in schools. What is the point of initial teacher education? Based on my experience as a teacher and teacher educator, I pose the question in light of the recent junior cycle assessment ‘debate’ …” (more)

[Jim Gleeson, Irish Times, 3 November]


The high price of Ireland’s ‘free’ education

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on July 13th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Every year for the guts of a decade, a back-to-school piece has appeared on the Pricewatch page, and every year we have highlighted how our ‘free’ education system costs parents hundreds of euro each year. Crested uniforms, high-priced books, bin-after-using workbooks, ‘voluntary’ contributions: the years roll on but the words never change …” (more)

[Conor Pope, Irish Times, 13 July]

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Coursework and assessing students

Posted in Teaching on May 13th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“A chara, – Whisper it as there are many teachers, parents and Department of Education officials that may not want to hear it, but there is more than a little truth in the suggestion by Matthew Harrison (May 9th) that secondary school projects are not always the exclusive work of the student …” (more)

[Kevin McCarthy, Irish Times, 13 May]

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School is responsible for ruining my brain

Posted in Teaching on March 10th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“In June 2012 I returned to Ireland from London, prepared to lock myself away, write my thesis and complete the final part of my MSc in my parents’ attic. I had just spent a very challenging year studying alongside some of the best and brightest from across the globe …” (more)

[Sorcha Pollak, Irish Times, 10 March]


Every post-primary school in Ireland now has high speed broadband

Posted in Teaching on December 4th, 2014 by steve

Ireland“A €30m three-year programme to provide every post-primary school in the country with high speed broadband has been completed …” (more)

[Sorcha Corcoran, Business and Leadership, 4 December]

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Burton awaits report on JobBridge cleaning posts

Posted in Governance and administration on September 21st, 2014 by steve

“Department officials are to report to Minister for Social Protection Joan Burton about the JobBridge controversy in which school cleaner and caretaker jobs were advertised on the intern scheme …” (more)

[Marie O’Halloran, Irish Times, 20 September]

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JobBridge to nowhere

Posted in Teaching on September 20th, 2014 by steve

“… some fairly disgusting stuff revealed here about how some in education are using the JobBridge scheme. Cleaners, SNA’s, the non-existent posts of ‘Classroom Assistants’ and ‘Cúntoir Ranga’ as well as ‘School Assistants’. There’s no other word but exploitation to describe this …” (more)

[The Cedar Lounge Revolution, 20 September]

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Quinn blocks tables

Posted in Governance and administration on June 25th, 2014 by steve

“Education Minister Ruairi Quinn has moved to block the public and the media from getting exams data which they could use to compile schools’ league tables. Mr Quinn yesterday secured Cabinet approval to prevent comparison data based on exam results from being made available, specifically to prevent such tables from being compiled …” (more)

[Independent, 25 June]

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Collaboration and professional development: big changes in teacher-training

Posted in Teaching on December 3rd, 2013 by steve

“‘A scream for reform” was how Minister for Education Ruairí Quinn described last month’s Inspectorate report on teaching standards in our schools. It has left the rest of the country asking: what are we going to do about it? …” (more)

[Louise Holden, Irish Times, 3 December]

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Schools to close as teacher pay row escalates

Posted in Teaching on October 18th, 2013 by steve

“Full-day closures of secondary schools will begin next week as a direct result of the teachers’ pay row …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 18 October]

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Stakeholders in education should unite against the divide and rule strategy

Posted in Governance and administration on September 7th, 2013 by steve

“Divide and conquer. It’s the oldest trick in the book, and you know why? A lot of the time it works. Minister for Education Ruairí Quinn has hinted at cuts amounting to €100 million in the next budget …” (more)

[Breda O’Brien, Irish Times, 7 September]

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Minister overhauls school enrolment policies

Posted in Teaching on September 2nd, 2013 by steve

“Schools will no longer be allowed to charge application fees, operate waiting lists or interview parents or children for school places under new legislation to control admissions policies …” (more)

[Dick Ahlstrom, Irish Times, 2 September]

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Move from current religious instruction in Catholic schools may begin by 2014

Posted in Governance and administration on August 30th, 2013 by steve

“The complex process of divestment from traditional religious instruction in Catholic schools is to be explored with a view to beginning to introduce a change by 2014 …” (more)

[Louise Roseingrave, Irish Times, 30 August]

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Jobbridge: All Staff or some?

Posted in Governance and administration on August 24th, 2013 by steve

“Over the summer holiday period, while school activity has been cooling down, there has been a slow burning-fire flickering in the back ground. The kindling for this fire is the Government Jobs Initiative ‘Jobbridge’ …” (more)

[TJ Clare, 23 August]

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Quinn eager to give parents more control over education costs

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

“Minister for Education Ruairi Quinn said he is considering new ways to give parents more power to control the costs of education including ‘a Parents Charter’ …” (more)

[Judith Crosbie, Irish Times, 2 August]

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Barnardos criticises cost of school books

Posted in Teaching on August 1st, 2013 by steve

“Parents are facing a crippling financial burden as they prepare to send their children back to school. Costs can run to almost €800 per student and the expense is causing frustration and despair, the children’s charity Barnardos has said …” (more)

[Dick Ahlstrom, Irish Times, 1 August]

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Irish children twice as likely to dislike school

Posted in Teaching on June 12th, 2013 by steve

“A study has found that Irish ten-year-olds are less happy in school and are more likely to feel that they do not ‘belong’, compared to children in other countries …” (more)

[RTÉ News, 12 June]

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The myth of free education in Ireland

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on June 4th, 2013 by steve

“… €370 for uniform and books to come. In 68 fees were abolished but the cost remains. There is nothing to stop Minister Quinn mandating that all state supported schools adopt a simple uniform policy if we wish to have a school uniform …” (more)

[Brian M Lucey, 4 June]