Future Leaving Cert exams may be influenced by ‘calculated grades’

Posted in Teaching on June 2nd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“This year’s calculated grades process for Leaving Cert students could influence how future end-of-school exams are carried out, the president of a teachers’ union has said. Seamus Lahart, president of the Teachers’ Union of Ireland, said the union is in principle opposed to the idea of teachers grading their own students for the purposes of State exams …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 2 June]

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Gifts for teachers to be treated as ‘serious attempt’ to undermine Leaving Cert grades

Posted in Teaching on May 18th, 2020 by steve

“Any attempt to offer teachers gifts or inducements in relation to students’ Leaving Cert results will be treated as a ‘serious attempt’ to interfere with an entire school’s grades, under new Department of Education rules. Department officials are finalising official guidance for teachers and schools over the use of calculated grades for students and it is likely to issue to teachers’ representatives in the middle of this week …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 18 May]

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TUI will work with State Examinations Commission to help vulnerable Leaving Cert students

Posted in Teaching on April 14th, 2020 by steve

“The Teachers’ Union of Ireland says it will be working with the State Examinations Commission to help vulnerable Leaving Cert students. It says those with underlying health issues and special education needs must not have their prospects further damaged by the coronavirus crisis …” (more)

[Irish Examiner, 14 April]

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Leaving Cert proposal not feasible, union claims

Posted in Teaching on April 13th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The Associations of Secondary Teachers, Ireland have told its members the Leaving Cert proposal cannot be enforced. The State exam has been pushed back from its traditional start date at the beginning of June, to either late July or early August …” (more)

[Irish Examiner, 13 April]

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Thousands of teachers to strike on February 4th

Posted in Governance and administration on January 17th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Thousands of teachers who are members of the Teachers’ Union of Ireland (TUI) are to go on strike on Tuesday, February 4th. The one-day strike, just days before the general election, is over what the union described as the Government’s ‘ongoing failure to eliminate the injustice of pay discrimination’ …” (more)

[Martin Wall, Irish Times, 17 January]

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The problems with feeder school lists

Posted in Governance and administration on December 4th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – ‘Feeder school’ lists (Feeder Schools 2019, December 3rd) promote a distorted view that educational success is dependent on students securing places on third-level courses that require high points. They also suggest that immediate progress to third level is the only choice worth valuing and recognising …” (more)

[Letters, Irish Times, 4 December]

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Wealthy students and high-points courses

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on October 24th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – That students from affluent backgrounds are more likely to study ‘high points’ courses should come as little surprise to anybody (News, October 21st). However, the findings of the Higher Education Authority (HEA) report make clear the need for significant additional, targeted investment across all levels of education to afford students an equal opportunity to fulfil their own potential, irrespective of their postal address …” (more)

[Letters, Irish Times, 24 October]

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Ireland bottom of class when it comes to class sizes and funding: OECD report

Posted in Governance and administration on September 11th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“While young people in Ireland are among the most educated globally, low national investment in education is leading to overstretched schools, teaching unions have warned. Ireland has a secondary school enrolment rate of 93%, but national investment in the sector is the lowest of 35 countries studied by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) …” (more)

[Jess Casey, Irish Examiner, 10 September]

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CAO points race is distorting the true meaning of education

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Teaching on June 3rd, 2019 by steve

Ireland“With this year’s State examinations almost upon us, and a review of the senior cycle underway, it is perhaps timely to consider how that review should proceed. The Teachers’ Union of Ireland (TUI) represents second level teachers as well as teachers in further and adult education and third level lecturers …” (more)

[Seamus Lahart, Irish Times, 3 June]

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‘Review junior cycle before Leaving Cert is changed’

Posted in Governance and administration, Teaching on April 25th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“A second-level teachers union leader said the junior cycle reforms must be properly evaluated before any changes are made to the Leaving Cert. Teachers’ Union of Ireland (TUI) president Seamus Lahart said while a senior cycle review was under way there was no evidence of the positive and negative consequences of the radical overhaul of the Junior Cert …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 25 April]

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Increase in student numbers will put strain on third level institutions, union warns

Posted in Governance and administration on April 19th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The Teachers’ Union of Ireland is warning that a significant projected increase in the number of students in the country’s third level institutions will greatly worsen the current crisis in the sector unless urgent action is taken. Next week, the TUI hosts its annual congress in Killarney …” (more)

[BreakingNews.ie, 19 April]

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It should be possible to address pay disparity for teachers, TUI says

Posted in Governance and administration on February 14th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The president of the Teachers Union of Ireland (TUI) said if it was possible to sort out the nurses pay dispute then it should be possible to address the disparity in pay for teachers, he said. The nurses’ pay deal shows the Government was prepared to act in a crisis and ‘there is a crisis in teaching’, Seamus Lahart said …” (more)

[Vivienne Clarke, Irish Times, 13 February]

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Teachers’ union votes to accept pay deal for new entrants

Posted in Governance and administration on October 25th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Members of the Teachers’ Union of Ireland (TUI) have voted 53% to 47% to accept the deal on new entrant salary scales. The TUI is the first of the teacher unions to deliver a verdict on the proposals, which give average increases of about €3,300 to public servants recruited since 2011. They lost out because of austerity-era pay cuts …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 25 October]

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TUI to ballot members on Government pay deal proposals

Posted in Governance and administration on September 27th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The Teachers’ Union of Ireland (TUI) is to ballot members on the Government’s new proposals to tackle the two-tier pay system in the public service without a recommendation. The union said the proposals had different implications depending on the career stage of the individual member …” (more)

[Martin Wall, Irish Times, 27 September]

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International report endorses work of teachers and lecturers

Posted in Teaching on September 11th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The latest OECD international indicators – Education At A Glance 2018 – highlight the excellent work of Irish teachers and lecturers. Once again, the report emphasises the value of educational attainment to both the individual and society …” (more)

[Teachers’ Union of Ireland, 11 September]

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TUI expresses serious concern at slow pace of current engagement on pay inequality

Posted in Governance and administration on August 24th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The Executive Committee of the Teachers’ Union of Ireland (TUI) today expressed serious concern at the slow pace of the current engagement on the pay inequality suffered by those who entered the profession since 1st January 2011. The union is demanding urgent action on the issue …” (more)

[Teachers’ Union of Ireland, 24 August]

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New TUI President: Injustice of pay inequality must end now

Posted in Governance and administration on July 24th, 2018 by steve

“The campaign for pay equality for teachers and lecturers appointed since 2011 will remain the key campaign of the Teachers’ Union of Ireland (TUI) until the issue is resolved, according to new President Seamus Lahart. Other key issues on the agenda include damage caused by underfunding in the Institutes of Technology …” (more)

[Teachers’ Union of Ireland, 24 July]

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