Limerick college to teach teaching in Thurles

Posted in Governance and administration on September 15th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“One of the country’s largest teacher-training colleges is to take up a role in educating second-level teachers as it takes over St Patrick’s College in Thurles as a satellite campus.The transfer to become part of Mary Immaculate College (MIC) in Limerick is to be finalised in the coming months …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 15 September]

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DCU to merge with St Pat’s

Posted in Governance and administration on February 9th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“All students to be registered as DCU students by 2016. St Patrick’s College, Mater Dei and Church of Ireland College of Education are set to merge with Dublin City University (DCU) in the coming academic year in the first iteration of DCU Incorporation …” (more)

[Bryan Grogan,, 9 February]

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Student teachers say Gaeltacht placement is ‘unregulated waste of money’

Posted in Teaching on September 17th, 2014 by steve

“Students training to become Primary School teachers have started a campaign for a reform of the Gaeltacht placement which is setting them back more than €1,500 and does not, they say, help improve their Irish skills …” (more)

[, 17 September]

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New teaching institute sparks religious row

Posted in Governance and administration on June 30th, 2014 by steve

“A row is brewing over plans for a new multidenominational Institute of Education at Dublin City University, which will train Catholic and Protestant teachers together for the first time …” (more)

[Sarah Mac Donald, Independent, 30 June]

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Quinn advises teachers to study RE to boost their job prospects

Posted in Teaching on June 21st, 2014 by steve

“Teachers seeking to maximise their job prospects would be advised to study religious education, Minister for Education Ruairí Quinn has said at the announcement of a major reform in teacher training …” (more)

[Joe Humphreys, Irish Times, June 21]

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New DCU Institute to transform Irish educational landscape

Posted in Governance and administration on June 20th, 2014 by steve

“Minister for Education and Skills, Ruairí Quinn TD has today launched a report outlining the vision and structure of a ground-breaking new Institute of Education which will improve the quality of education for all the children of Ireland …” (more)

[Dublin City University, 20 June]

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Merger of Catholic and Protestant Colleges of Education may be finalised by 2016

Posted in Governance and administration on May 9th, 2014 by steve

“Dublin City University (DCU) is committed to protecting the ethos and identity of those Catholic and Protestant Colleges which are to become the Institute of Education in Drumcondra under its control …” (more)

[Patsy McGarry, Irish Times, 9 May]

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University teachers concerned about DCU merger

Posted in Governance and administration on April 30th, 2014 by steve

“DCU’s merging process with Mater Dei and St Patrick’s College has taken a hit after the Irish Federation of University Teachers (IFUT) expressed their concerns about the plans …” (more)

[Michael Shiels McNamee, The College View, 30 April]

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Unions less than impressed by education’s answer to Action Man

Posted in Teaching on April 23rd, 2014 by steve

“You have to give Ruairí Quinn credit for his pluckiness. Having opened up one front against the Catholic Church over school patronage, he sauntered into the minefield that is gender politics by announcing a new honours maths requirement for what he called the ‘highly feminised’ teaching profession …” (more)

[Joe Humphreys, Irish Times, 23 April]

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Maths honours and primary teaching

Posted in Teaching on April 23rd, 2014 by steve

“Sir, – May I loudly applaud the announcement by the Minister for Education that entry to primary teaching training courses will in future require grade C in honours mathematics? At the moment, such entrants require a mere C grade in pass mathematics …” (more)

[Ronan Murphy, Irish Times, 23 April]

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Honours maths to become mandatory for primary teachers

Posted in Teaching on April 22nd, 2014 by steve

“Honours leaving certificate maths will become a minimum requirement for entry into teacher training, Minister for Education Ruairí Quinn said today …” (more)

[Tim O’Brien, Irish Times, 22 April]

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Teacher training changes lead to dismay

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on April 14th, 2014 by steve

“Students planning to enter a post-graduate training programme for primary school teaching have complained that recent changes to the course structure are preventing them applying to start this September despite previous reassurances …” (more)

[Mark Hilliard, Irish Times, 14 April]

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The DCU mergers and TUs

Posted in Governance and administration on April 11th, 2014 by steve

“The recent furore about the proposed merger of DCU with St Pat’s and others is interesting because if this merger is problematic for unions and staff, we can only imagine what IR battles lie ahead in the third level system …” (more)

[educationandstuff, 11 April]

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Training colleges outraged at ‘lack of consultation’ on DCU merger

Posted in Governance and administration on April 9th, 2014 by steve

“Academics at three Dublin training colleges are discussing their concerns over a DCU merger today. Staff at St Patrick’s Drumcondra, Church of Ireland College of Education and Mater Dei are outraged they have not been consulted about the move …” (more)

[, 9 April]

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Staff in colleges of education demand negotiations on ‘incorporation’ into DCU

Posted in Teaching on April 9th, 2014 by steve

“Academic staff in colleges of education in Dublin are expressing serious concern at plans to ‘incorporate’ their colleges into Dublin City University, without any negotiation with their trade union, the Irish Federation of University Teachers (IFUT) …” (more)

[Irish Federation of University Teachers, 8 April]

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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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Jesus taught rather well without a degree from the college of education

Posted in Teaching on October 24th, 2013 by steve

“… The college of education has become the agent of a mindless sectarian division. Its teachers should be hired for their professional ability alone, not their religion. How could schools hope to find the best teachers from such a tiny minority? Most of us educated in Irish Protestant schools will answer — they can’t …” (more)

[Victoria White, Irish Examiner, 24 October]

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The University Process

Posted in Teaching on October 3rd, 2013 by steve

“… I don’t think you can learn to be a teacher from lectures. Before I go in to this in depth I want to first say that the university I’m lucky enough to attend make sure no stone is unturned for our professional development …” (more)

[spellingitoutblog, 3 October]

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Standards ‘still high’ at teacher training courses

Posted in Teaching on August 20th, 2013 by steve

“Third-level leaders have given assurances that the standards of students taking up teacher training courses remain high …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 20 August]

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Protestant primary teacher training

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

“Sir, – Norman Henry’s letter (May 14th) is at best selective in what he says and in his interpretation of Adrian Oughton’s remarks at Synod. Trinity College authorities may indeed be willing to accept ‘the Protestant young people who wish to train as primary teachers’, however this would not be as part of any Church of Ireland College of Education (CICE) course …” (more)

[Ian Berry, Irish Times, 15 May]

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