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January 2017

Circular 0005/2017: Teacher Fee Refund Scheme 2016
Tuesday, 31 January 17
The circular sets out the provisions determining the operation of the Teacher Fee Refund Scheme.

Pluralism and Patronage in Primary Schools
Monday, 30 January 17
The DES will today ask Education and Training Boards (ETBI) to identify areas needing new multi-denominational schools.

Vacancies for Teachers in European Schools
Monday, 30 January 17
The DES has today invited applications from suitably qualified teachers who are fully registered with the Teaching Council, for secondment to the following primary positions commencing 01 September, 2017.

Research to Empower Educational Leaders (REEL)
Friday, 27 January 17
Dr Deirdre Kirwan will present her research in the area of language education and share her experience as Principal of Scoil Bhride GNS Blanchardstown.

Clár Gaeilge 2017-18 Gairm ar Iarratais
Thursday, 26 January 17
Gach bliain, le tacaíocht ón Roinn Ealaíon, Oidhreachta, Gnóthaí Réigiúnacha, Tuaithe agus Gaeltachta, ceaptar méid áirithe teagascóirí chun teagasc inár n-ollscoileanna comhpháirtíochta i gCeanada.

The Role of Religion in School Admissions
Wednesday, 25 January 17
DES announces 4-week consultation process on the role of religion in school admissions

Special Education Conference 2017
Tuesday, 24 January 17
The INTO Consultative Conference on Special Education will take place in St Patrick’s Campus DCU, Drumcondra on Saturday 11th February.

The People’s College Lecture Series 2017
Tuesday, 24 January 17
John Dorney: Ireland in a world of revolution 1917-23

Deadline Approaching for Career Break/Job Sharing applications
Monday, 23 January 17
The deadline for applications for Career Break and Job Share for the 2017/18 school year is next week (Wednesday 1 February 2017).

The People’s College Lecture Series 2017
Monday, 23 January 17
Ireland in the World of Revolution

Missing Journals - Urgent Request
Thursday, 19 January 17
Early copies of “The Northern Teacher” needed for INTO history project

INTO LGBT Teachers' Group Meeting & Social Night
Thursday, 19 January 17
The INTO LGBT teachers group meets a couple of times a year to discuss issues relating to LGBT teachers in Ireland today.

INTO response to new special education allocation model
Wednesday, 18 January 17
Jury out on new model for allocating special education teachers to schools.

INTO An Post Handwriting Competition 2017
Wednesday, 18 January 17
An Post and INTO are delighted to introduce the 2017 handwriting competition.

Teacher Exchange Scheme
Tuesday, 17 January 17
The DES has now approved an extension of the maximum period for which a teacher exchange may occur for teachers in their fifth or sixth year of the scheme for one further year to allow time for consideration of a voluntary transfer scheme at Primary.

Health Insurance Comparison Service for INTO Members
Tuesday, 17 January 17
This year the INTO is again offering members a free Health Insurance Comparison Service. This service, provided by Cornmarket will help members to find the best health insurance cover at the most competitive price.

April date agreed for €1,000 pay restoration
Tuesday, 17 January 17
Payment Date Brought Forward Five Months after Talks.

School Admissions
Monday, 16 January 17
The DES today set out four possible approaches for discussion on school admissions.

Career Break/Job Sharing
Friday, 13 January 17
The deadline for applications for career break and job share for the 2017/18 school year is 1 February 2017.

Restoration of Qualification Allowance for teachers on post-February 2012 scale – Payroll Date 12 January 2017
Thursday, 12 January 17
Phase 1 of the restoration of the qualification allowance for teachers on the post-February 2012 pay scale under the Lansdowne Road Agreement took effect on 1 January 2017.

Extension Agreed in Entitlement to Work as Substitute While on Career Break - Cap Raised to 90 Days
Thursday, 12 January 17
The INTO has for some time been in contact with the DES regarding the serious problem in accessing substitute teachers to cover absences in many parts of the country.

Changes to PRD and USC Deductions for All Teachers
Thursday, 12 January 17
On 1 January 2017, under the Lansdowne Road Agreement, the PRD exemption threshold increased from €26,083 to €28,750.

School Inspection
Wednesday, 11 January 17
Inspection Feedback Form by the INTO to gather members’ views on any aspect of school inspection/evaluation by the DES Inspectorate.

NERI: Challenges for workers in 2017
Tuesday, 10 January 17
NERI Director Tom Healy looks ahead to 2017 and picks out wages, jobs and pensions as key challenges for workers.

Update on Vetting
Monday, 9 January 17
The Teaching Council has begun the process of writing to teachers who have not previously been vetted to inform them of the requirement to be vetted. Letters to teachers will issue on a phased basis over the course of this calendar year.

Retirement Planning Seminars
Monday, 9 January 17
Registration for the last two Retirement Planning Seminars of the 2016/17 School year is now open.

Subsearch
Monday, 9 January 17
Available for teaching work?

New DES Circulars
Friday, 6 January 17
The DES has published details of CPD opportunities for teachers in learning support and special needs in the school year 2017/2018.

INTO Special Education Conference 11 February 2017
Thursday, 5 January 17
The INTO Consultative Conference on Special Education will take place in St Patrick’s Campus DCU, Drumcondra on Saturday 11th February. The conference theme is Current Issues in Special Education.

Employee Assistance Service / Inspire Workplace Services (formerly Carecall)
Wednesday, 4 January 17
Carecall which provided the Employment Assistance Scheme for teachers has been re-named Inspire Workplace Services. Following its recent merger with EAP Consultants in Ireland, the company will conduct business under the name Inspire Workplace Services with offices in Belfast, Dublin and Edinburgh.

INTO Youth Conference 24-25 March 2017
Wednesday, 4 January 17
The INTO will hold a Youth Conference on Friday 24 and Saturday 25 March in the Silver Springs Hotel, Cork.

INTO criticises inadequate ICT infrastructure grant for primary schools
Tuesday, 3 January 17
The INTO today described the ICT infrastructure grants for primary schools announced today as totally inadequate.

Branch and district officers conference – Saturday, 14 January 2017
Tuesday, 3 January 17
A branch and district officers conference will take place on Saturday, 14 January in Croke Park from 11.00 am to 1.00 p.m.