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March 2017

Pay revisions under LRA take effect from tomorrow
Friday, 31 March 17
The €1,000 pay restoration, originally due for payment from 1 September 2017 under the Lansdowne Road agreement (LRA), will be paid to all teachers from tomorrow (01.04.2017)

Circular 0005/2017: Teacher Fee Refund Scheme 2016
Friday, 31 March 17
Refund of Fees Scheme: Today is closing date for applications

Payment of Substitute teachers (effective 1 April 2017)
Thursday, 30 March 17
Rates for Pay for Substitute Teachers

INTO Congress Belfast 2017
Wednesday, 29 March 17
Visit Belfast has prepared a welcome ezine with some helpful insider information

NCSE Appeal of Special Education Needs Teaching Allocation
Tuesday, 28 March 17
The closing date for appeals is this week - Friday 31 March.

School Clusters of Special Education Needs Hours
Monday, 27 March 17
Schools are reminded to submit cluster arrangement on Form S.E.T Cluster 2017

Election of INTO President 2017/2018
Monday, 27 March 17
Ballot Papers issue by post today (Monday, 27 March 2017)

INTO Youth Conference 2017
Saturday, 25 March 17
Starts this morning at 9am in the Silver Springs Hotel, Cork

Circular 0021/2017: Revised salary scales for all teachers from 1 April 2017
Friday, 24 March 17
€1,000 restored at each scale point.

Election of INTO President 2017/2018
Friday, 24 March 17
All INTO Members in the North and in the Republic of Ireland on 13 March 2017 are entitled to vote in this election.

INTO Youth Conference 2017
Friday, 24 March 17
Starts today from 4pm in the Silver Springs Hotel, Cork

INTO Consultation on Curriculum Structure and Time Allocation – INTO District 12
Friday, 24 March 17
To provide a forum for members to discuss proposals on time and structure in the curriculum, the INTO will hold a consultation meeting for INTO members in District 12 on Monday 27 March in the Oriel House Hotel, Ballincollig at 7pm.

Circular 05/2017: Teacher Fee Refund Scheme
Friday, 24 March 17
The circular sets out the provisions determining the operation of the Teacher Fee Refund Scheme. Closing date for applications 31 March 

Procedure for schools wishing to appeal Special Education Teacher Allocation
Tuesday, 21 March 17
INTO expresses concern about narrow grounds for appeal and lack of detail

Retrospective Vetting
Tuesday, 21 March 17
Failure to maintain registration has consequences for payment of salary. 

School Admissions
Monday, 20 March 17
The deadline for submissions to the DES on the role of denominational religion in school admissions and possible approaches for making changes is today, Monday 20 March.

Teaching Council publishes revised Droichead policy for NQTs but clarification needed on resourcing
Thursday, 16 March 17
The Teaching Council today published its revised “Droichead- An Integrated Professional Induction Framework” policy but has not yet confirmed the implementation date.

INTO Guidance on Special Education Teaching Allocation 2017/18
Thursday, 16 March 17
Circular 0017/2017

INTO Consultation on Curriculum Structure and Time Allocation – INTO District 13
Monday, 20 March 17
To provide a forum for members to discuss proposals on time and structure in the curriculum, the INTO will hold a consultation meeting for INTO members in District 13 on Wednesday 22 March in the Kilmurry Lodge, Castletroy, Limerick at 7pm.

Salary changes coming next month
Wednesday, 15 March 17
 1,000 euro restoration for all members from 1 April.

The role of denominational religion in the school admissions process and possible approaches for making changes
Tuesday, 14 March 17
Deadline for written submissions to the Department is Monday 20th March.

2017 An Post/INTO Handwriting Competition Winners
Monday, 13 March 17
A big ‘Thank You’ to all participants for taking part in the 2017 An Post/INTO Handwriting Competition.

Circular 0017/2017 Staffing arrangements in Primary Schools for the 2017/18 school year
Thursday, 9 March 17
The DES has published Circular 17/2017 to inform all primary schools of the staffing arrangements for primary schools for the 2017/18 school year.

New Model for Allocating Special Education Teachers to Primary Schools
Thursday, 9 March 17
Half day seminars for Primary Schools organised by the Department of Education and Skills.

Consultation on Curriculum Structure and Time Allocation
Thursday, 9 March 17
To provide a forum for members to discuss proposals on time and structure in the curriculum, the INTO will hold a number of consultation meetings around the country. These meetings are being arranged at District level. Further details and meetings will be added as we are notified.

International Women’s Day 2017 #BeBoldForChange
Wednesday, 8 March 17
Today is International Women's Day and according to NERI women continue to draw the short straw on wages.

Congress Talks: Guy Ryder Director General, International Labour Organisation
Tuesday, 7 March 17
Congress talks to ILO Director General Guy Ryder about the need for universal respect for basic rights at work, how falling wage levels impact on wider politics, what can be done about violations of labour rights in Qatar ahead of the 2022 World Cup, and Ireland's unique contribution to the foundation of the ILO

Circular 13/2017 Special Education Teaching Allocation
Tuesday, 7 March 17
Circular 13/2017 advises schools of the revised allocation process for Special Education Teachers to mainstream primary schools from the 2017/18 school year

Action Plan on School Age Childcare
Monday, 6 March 17
The Action Plan contains a commitment that the DES will engage with the relevant education stakeholders and school property owners to formulate guidelines for schools to facilitate the use of school buildings out-of-hours.

Directive to INTO Members on School Self-Evaluation
Monday, 6 March 17
The INTO reminds members that on 14 March 2016 the School Self-Evaluation directive was issued to all members and remains in place.

Northern Conference 2017
Friday, 3 March 17
This year’s INTO Northern Conference will begin at 10am this morning in the Slieve Donard Hotel, Newcastle Co Down.

Primary schools in the dark about staffing allocations
Thursday, 2 March 17
There is mounting anger in primary schools at Department’s silence on teacher numbers.

Teachers’ Views on Standardised Testing
Thursday, 2 March 17
The INTO is undertaking a collaborative research project with the Centre for Assessment Research Policy and Practice (CARPE) at DCU to explore the use of standardised tests in Irish primary schools.