Students need clarity on staging of 2021 exams

Posted in Teaching on October 25th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Teachers are seeking clarity on next year’s Leaving Cert, saying contingencies should be in place to make sure exams can happen, or parameters need to be set out in case teacher-assessed calculated grades are needed again. The Department of Education said the State Examinations Commission intends to run the 2021 exams ‘as normally as possible’, with necessary safety measures in place …” (more)

[Independent, 25 October]

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Covid-19: Schools and colleges to remain open during Level 5 restrictions

Posted in Governance and administration on October 20th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“There is ‘overwhelming’ evidence that schools remain safe settings and they will continue to operate during the Level 5 restrictions, Minister for Education Norma Foley has said. In a statement, she said the move to increase public health restrictions will support schools to continue to operate safely and sustainably during the pandemic …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 20 October]

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‘A breach of trust’ – Teachers’ Union criticise Education Dept. over release of Leaving Cert class ranking

Posted in Teaching on September 23rd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The Teachers’ Union of Ireland (TUI) has accused the Department of Education of a ‘fundamental breach of trust’ over the release of class ranking information to Leaving Cert 2020 students. The union said it showed ‘scant regard for vulnerable students’ and had the potential to be ‘extremely damaging’ to them …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 23 September]

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Teachers’ Union of Ireland issue warning to Government over health and safety concerns raised in relation to teaching during Covid-19

Posted in Governance and administration on September 20th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“A body representing post-primary teachers and third-level lecturers have issued a warning to the Government saying they will not let its members to be put in harm’s way during the crisis. In a statement issued today, a spokesperson for the Teachers’ Union of Ireland (TUI) told independent.ie that it ‘will not allow the health and safety of our members to be put at risk’ …” (more)

[Melanie Finn, Independent, 20 September]

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IT Tralee engaging with TUI through Workplace Relations Commission

Posted in Governance and administration on September 13th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“IT Tralee says it’s engaging with the TUI to address a number of concerns. The Teachers’ Union of Ireland raised a number of issues in April, a month before the former Minister of Education approved the merger of IT Tralee and CIT …” (more)

[Radio Kerry, 10 September]

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ASTI has ‘some concern’ at downgrading of 63,000 Leaving Cert results

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Teaching on September 2nd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The largest second-level teachers union in Ireland has expressed ‘some concern’ that 63,000 Leaving Cert calculated grades have been downgraded by the Department of Education …” (more)

[Jess Casey and Elaine Loughlin, Irish Examiner, 1 September]

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TUI questions financial viability of the MTU

Posted in Governance and administration on August 6th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The TUI has questioned the financial viability of the Munster Technological University. Former Minister Joe McHugh granted IT Tralee and CIT technological university status in May, when he approved the creation of the MTU …” (more)

[Radio Kerry News, 5 August]

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Where next for the Leaving Cert?

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Teaching on June 23rd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“‘Teachers will predict the grades of their own students and there will be no Leaving Cert exam’ – if you’d suggested this at the start of 2020, teachers, unions, parents, students and the Department of Education would have assumed you were sleep-talking through a far-fetched Leaving Cert dream …” (more)

[Peter McGuire, Irish Times, 23 June]

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Trade unions call for emergency funding to tackle ‘crisis’ facing third level colleges

Posted in Governance and administration on June 4th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Trade unions representing staff at all levels of the education system have joined forces to call for emergency funding to ease the ‘crisis’ facing third level institutions. The Irish Congress of Trade Union’s education sector group – which includes unions representing staff at primary, secondary and tertiary level – says the coronavirus pandemic has exposed serious flaws at the heart of the third level system …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 4 June]

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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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Munster university merger concerns

Posted in Governance and administration on June 1st, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The Teacher’s Union of Ireland (TUI) has called for matters of industrial relations to be ‘urgently addressed’ following the CIT and Institute of Technology Tralee (ITT) merger announcement on Tuesday. The Munster Technological University (MTU) has been in the pipeline since 2013 and is now set to become Ireland’s newest university, the second in Cork …” (more)

[Michael Olney, Cork Independent, 27 May]

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TUI wants CIT and IT Tralee staff issues resolved before Munster Technological University operational

Posted in Governance and administration on May 29th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Outstanding industrial relations matters must be addressed urgently before the new Munster Technological University is formally established, according to the Teachers’ Union of Ireland (TUI) …” (more)

[Jess Casey, Irish Examiner, 28 May]

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Education unions call for third level forum

Posted in Governance and administration on May 27th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Trade unions representing staff at all levels of the education system have called for the creation of a new sectoral forum to help address the crisis affecting the third level sector. The Irish Congress of Trade Unions Education Sector Group says emergency funding will be needed to address the immediate impact of the Covid-19 crisis on universities and other higher education institutions, which have experienced significant funding deficits as a result …” (more)

[Fórsa, 25 May]

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Leaving Cert plan in doubt as teachers’ union tells members not to co-operate

Posted in Teaching on May 22nd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Plans to award thousands of Leaving Cert students predicted grades have been thrown into doubt after the country’s biggest secondary teachers’union directed members not to engage with the process. The Association of Secondary Teachers Ireland (ASTI) said plans to indemnify teachers against legal action were not strong enough and could potentially lead to personal liabilities for second level teachers …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 20 May]

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ASTI: Legal protection currently being offered to teachers ‘falls short of what is required’

Posted in Teaching on May 22nd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The country’s largest second-level teaching union has advised its members not to begin marking Leaving Cert students as it believes the legal protection currently being offered to teachers is unacceptable …” (more)

[Jess Casey, Irish Examiner, 21 May]

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ASTI: Leaving Cert students allowed to choose assessment level

Posted in Teaching on May 20th, 2020 by steve

“Leaving Cert students will be able to choose what level they are assessed under before their calculated grades are finalised. Students can nominate whether they are assessed under Higher or Ordinary level before their grade estimations are completed, the Association of Secondary Teachers, Ireland (ASTI) has told its members …” (more)

[Jess Casey, Irish Examiner, 19 May]

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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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Teachers’ unions seek clarity on predictive Leaving Cert grading

Posted in Legal issues, Teaching on May 11th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The country’s largest teachers’ union is seeking legal advice over fears teachers could be sued due to the calculated grades they give this year’s Leaving Cert students. There are also major concerns around schools reopening safely in September, given it was deemed unsafe for students to hold the Leaving Cert exams during July and August …” (more)

[Jess Casey, Irish Examiner, 11 May]

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Parents and pupils who try to influence Leaving Cert results face being reported to State

Posted in Teaching on May 11th, 2020 by steve

“Parents or students who seek to influence a Leaving Cert grade awarded by teachers will be reported to the Department of Education. The move comes amid evidence of pupils who were quick off the mark to send messages of appreciation to teachers, which could be interpreted as seeking favourable treatment, after it was announced that grades calculated by teachers would replace traditional exams …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 11 May]

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Leaving Cert: Teachers seek safeguards against parental pressure on grades

Posted in Teaching on May 9th, 2020 by steve

“One of the country’s biggest teachers’ union is calling for clear ‘safeguards’ to prevent pressure being applied to teachers from parents over Leaving Cert calculated grades. Minister for Education Joe McHugh announced on Friday that the State exams will not go ahead this summer for the first time in almost 100 years …” (more)

[Jack Power and Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 9 May]

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