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September 2017

Managing the transition to the new SEN model
Thursday, 28 September 17
On Line training module for INTO members available now

Digital Learning Framework
Thursday, 28 September 17
The closing date for submission of expressions of interest is 2 October 2017

Critical Incident resources
Wednesday, 27 September 17
NEPS has created some Critical Incident resources in MS Word format for use by schools

Fire Safety in Schools
Wednesday, 27 September 17
The DES has announced the following in respect of fire safety in schools

Principals’ Seminars 2017/2018
Wednesday, 27 September 17
Registration for the 2017/2018 series of Principals’ Seminars is now available via a new booking system

Circular 0063/2017
Tuesday, 26 September 17
Answers to Frequently Asked Questions

Deadline for INTO Bursary applications
Tuesday, 26 September 17
Deadline for INTO Bursary applications is Friday 29 September.

Retirement Planning Seminars 2017/18
Monday, 25 September 17
The November Retirement Planning Seminar is now fully booked. There is very limited availability on the October Seminar. Places are still available on the January Seminar taking place in Sligo.

Clarification on RTE news item
Saturday, 23 September 17
 Executive made no decision in respect of the Public Service Stability Agreement, 2018-2020

Statement from INTO Executive meeting
Friday, 22 September 17
The Central Executive Committee (CEC) met today (Friday 22 September 2017) following acceptance by public service unions overall of the terms of the PSSA (Public Service Stability Agreement, 2018-2020)

Celebrate Tree Day on 5 October
Friday, 22 September 17
The Tree Council of Ireland is calling on primary schools across Ireland to get involved in Tree Day on Thursday, 5 October

15th SCoTENS Annual Conference
Thursday, 21 September 17
Educational innovation – The challenge of evidence-informed change

Irish Tax Support and EDUC Mortgages: free seminars for teachers
Wednesday, 20 September 17
Irish Tax Support and EDUC Mortgages provide professional advice and services to INTO members in the areas of Taxation and Mortgages

Vetting Update and Template Joint Agreement
Tuesday, 19 September 17
CPSMA has prepared a template Joint Agreement for use by schools in the context of transition year students, coaches and student teachers

Centenary of the death of Thomas Ashe (1885-1917)
Tuesday, 19 September 17
INTO, Commemorative Event: Teachers’ Club, Monday 25 September 2017 at 7.30 p.m.

Wear Red Day to show racism the red card
Tuesday, 19 September 17
Schools are invited to make a stand against racism on ‘Wear Red Day’, Friday 24 November in support of Show Racism the Red Card (SRTRC)

Congress accepts Public Service Stability Agreement 2018-2020
Monday, 18 September 17
The Public Services Committee of the Irish Congress of Trade Unions voted this morning by a margin of 80 per cent to 20 per cent (Monday 18 September 2017) to accept the Public Service Stability Agreement (2018 – 2020)

Take part in the 2017 World’s Largest Lesson this coming 17 September to 17 October
Monday, 18 September 17
Invitation to all schools

Check leave entitlement in seconds
Friday, 15 September 17
Download the INTO guide to teachers’ leave app

Circular 0063/2017: Leadership and Management in Primary Schools
Thursday, 14 September 17
Over 1,300 Promotion Opportunities Restored  -  INTO: Restoration of Posts of Responsibility “only a start"

The All-Island 'Decade of Centenaries' History competition 2018
Thursday, 14 September 17
As part of the ‘Decade of Centenaries’ (2012-2022) commemorations, schools and students at all levels of primary and post-primary schools across Ireland are invited, in the 2017-18 school year, to enter the fifth annual schools’ history competition

Save the date: INTO LGBT goes west in September
Thursday, 14 September 17
The INTO LGBT Teachers' Group will hold its next meeting in the Glasshouse Hotel, Sligo, at 2 p.m. on Saturday 23 September

INTO members raise €60,000 for Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital
Wednesday, 13 September 17
The Children’s Medical & Research Foundation Annual INTO Draw took place in June in INTO Head Office

Budget 2018 Email Campaign
Tuesday, 12 September 17
INTO has prepared a template email for members to send to TDs in relation to Budget 2018.

OECD Publishes Education at a Glance 2017
Tuesday, 12 September 17
Education at a Glance 2017 published by the OECD shows Ireland is underfunding primary education relative to other levels of education

ICTU: Why the reduced VAT rate in the highly profitable hospitality sector must go
Tuesday, 12 September 17
We lose millions every year because the highly-profitable Tourism and Hospitality sector pays a low rate of VAT. Here’s six reasons why we need to stop subsidising wealthy companies

INTO Summer Course Certificates
Monday, 11 September 17
Members with queries regarding summer course certificates for INTO summer courses should please contact learninghelpdesk@into.ie

Data breach on INTO Learning Website
Monday, 11 September 17
Last week, the INTO Learning website (www.intolearning.ie -site currently unavailable-) was subject to a cyber-attack that resulted in unauthorized access

Cumann na mBunscol AGM
Monday, 11 September 17
A general meeting of Cumann na mBunscol will be held in the Croke Park Hotel on Saturday 16 September at 11 a.m.

Retrospective vetting – next phase
Monday, 11 September 17
In mid-September, the final cohort of just over 16,000 teachers on the Teaching Council register who have not previously been vetted will be requested to apply for vetting

Circular 0060/2017
Monday, 11 September 17
The Department has now published Circular 0060/2017 which sets out the arrangements for the roll out and operation of the Financial Support Services Unit (FSSU) at primary level

Copy deadline for October InTouch
Friday, 8 September 17
Just a reminder that next Monday – 11 September – is the deadline for copy for the October issue of InTouch

INTO Presidential Dinner
Friday, 8 September 17
Saturday, 7 October 2017

The Literacy Association of Ireland 41st Annual Conference
Friday, 8 September 17
The Literacy Association of Ireland will hold its 41st Annual Conference in the Marino Institute of Education on the evening of Thursday 5th and all day Friday 6th October.The theme of this year's conference is 'Perspectives on Literacy: Bringing Voices Together'.

Centenary of the death of Thomas Ashe (1885-1917)
Thursday, 7 September 17
INTO, Commemorative Event

Meeting the Irish language requirement for primary teaching
Thursday, 7 September 17
The Cailiocht sa Ghaeilge (SCG) provides a chance for teachers who qualified outside the state and who have an identified Irish language requirement to make good that shortfall

Droichead
Wednesday, 6 September 17
Droichead is the process for completing induction for teachers in SEN settings and in schools with 24+ mainstream class teachers. NQTs can apply for Droichead by sending Form DR1 to the Teaching Council.

InTouch September 2017
Wednesday, 6 September 17
September edition of InTouch posting to schools today and tomorrow

Copy deadline for October InTouch
Tuesday, 5 September 17
Just a reminder that next Monday – 11 September – is the deadline for copy for the October issue of InTouch

Principals’ Seminars for 2017/2018
Tuesday, 5 September 17
Details of how to register for these seminars

INTO Members E-newsletter (05 September 2017)
Tuesday, 5 September 17
New school year, Homelessness is an educational crisis too... and more

INTO Learning: Managing the transition to the new SEN model
Tuesday, 5 September 17
INTO Learning is offering a stand-alone online module on Managing the transition to the new SEN model

“Croke Park” Hours: reminder about further flexibility of usage from September 2017
Monday, 4 September 17
INTO members are reminded about the greater flexibility on usage of “Croke Park” hours, agreed by the INTO in negotiations with the DES last year

Homelessness is an educational crisis too
Monday, 4 September 17
Almost 3,000 children are in emergency homeless accommodation with their parents. Most of these children are in primary schools

Pay Restoration/Uplift from 1 September 2017
Monday, 4 September 17
Revised Pay Scales

INTO: Back to school video 2017
Monday, 4 September 17
Message for government September 2017

Assault Leave Circular Published
Friday, 1 September 17
Additional Leave Scheme to be piloted for two years

School placement costs
Friday, 1 September 17
The teacher unions (INTO, TUI and ASTI) along with ICTU and USI are examining the expense of school placement during initial teacher education

Message to members from INTO president
Friday, 1 September 17
The INTO wishes all members a very successful school year