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February 2017

Retrospective Vetting
Tuesday, 28 February 17
The DES has published Circular 0016/2017 on the Statutory Requirements for the Retrospective Vetting of Teaching Staff, Non-Teaching Staff and Others.

Congress 2017: Booking accommodation
Tuesday, 28 February 17
INTO Annual Congress 2017 will be held from 17-19 April at the Belfast Waterfront.

School Transport Applications for 2017/18
Tuesday, 28 February 17
Bus Éireann’s on-line application system for school transport is now open for the 2017/18 school year.

School Inspection
Monday, 27 February 17
The INTO values members’ views on any aspect of school inspection/evaluation by the DES Inspectorate.

INTO/An Post Handwriting Competition
Monday, 27 February 17
Following receipt of huge number of high quality entries for the INTO/An Post Handwriting competition judging is underway.

Teachers' Musical Society 2017 - Sweeney Todd
Friday, 24 February 17
The Teachers' Musical Society production for 2017 will be Sweeney Todd and will take place from April 4-8 at the O'Reilly Theatre, Great Denmark Street, Dublin 1.

CESI ICT in Education Conference 2017
Friday, 24 February 17
The annual CESI ICT in Education Conference will take place in St Patricks Campus, DCU, on Saturday 4 March 2017.

Teastas Eorpach na Gaeilge
Thursday, 23 February 17
Closing date for applications is 1 March 2017. 

Youth Conference 2017
Friday, 17 February 17
This year the INTO will host a Youth Conference which will take place in the Silver Springs Hotel, Cork on Friday 24th and Saturday 25th March.

ILSA Conference 2017
Thursday, 16 February 17
This is a one-day event with a choice of more than ten really useful workshops for both Primary and Second Level Teachers.

DES Releases New Circular on Standardisation of School Year
Wednesday, 15 February 17
The DES has released Circular 0009/2017 Standardisation of the School Year in respect of Primary & Post-Primary Schools for the years 2017/18, 2018/19 and 2019/20.

Education about Religions and Beliefs (ERB) and Ethics
Tuesday, 14 February 17
The Consultation Report on the proposals for a primary curriculum in Education about Religions and Beliefs (ERB) and Ethics was published today by the NCCA.

List of new schools to be added to the DEIS Programme
Tuesday, 14 February 17
The list of new schools to be added to the DEIS programme has been published.

Request from Mandate Trade Union regarding dispute with Tesco
Monday, 13 February 17
Mandate Trade Union representing workers in Tesco has contacted fellow trade unions about action starting tomorrow in Tesco stores.

INTO describes DEIS plan as heavy on bureaucracy but light on resources
Monday, 13 February 17
The INTO today criticised the government’s plan for DEIS schools as heavy on bureaucracy but light on resources.

DES publishes plan to tackle educational disadvantage
Monday, 13 February 17
The DES today launched the DEIS (Delivering Equality of Opportunity in Schools) Plan 2017, to tackle educational disadvantage.

Retrospective Vetting: important update
Thursday, 9 February 17
As previously notified the Teaching Council has begun the process of contacting teachers who have not previously been vetted to inform them of the requirement to be vetted.

DES Revamp Pension Modeller
Wednesday, 8 February 17
The Department of Education and Skills has announced that a Pensions Modeller (calculator) is now available for school staff who receive salary directly from the DES and are in membership of a pension scheme (subject to certain limitations which are detailed on the Modeller application).

Teachers on half pay – INTO subscription change
Wednesday, 8 February 17
Following three months on full pay while on sick leave, a teacher is entitled to three months on half pay (within a four year period). In some circumstances, a teacher will have a longer period on full or half pay if they can avail of the Critical Illness Protocol.

INTO/An Post Handwriting Competition 2017
Monday, 6 February 17
The An Post / INTO Handwriting competition is open to all primary school children with prizes awarded at regional and national levels.

NCSE Guidelines and Application Forms for 2017/2018
Friday, 3 February 17
The NCSE has published Guidelines and Application Forms for Primary Schools for the 2017/18 school year.

The role of denominational religion in the school admissions process and possible approaches for making changes.
Friday, 3 February 17
Extension of Deadline for Submission of Written Submissions

LGBT Good Practice Guidelines
Thursday, 2 February 17
The INTO LGBT Teachers' Group supports and advances the cause of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender primary school teachers in Ireland.