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Technology to the fore at INTO’s annual conference in Letterkenny - Donegal Daily
18 Nov 2017
Over three hundred delegates from across Ireland attended the yearly educational conference of the INTO in Letterkenny this weekend. The event took place at the Mount Errigal Hotel, with delegates discussing ICT in education, policy, pedagogy, and practice. The keynote address concerned the transformation of the way in which educators teach through increased access to technology. This was delivered by Sean Gallagher of Ballintra, a key figure in the ICT industry...

Clare Vice-President Of INTO Urges Government To Push Ahead With Pay Equalisation - Clare FM
7 Nov 2017
The Vice-President of teachers’ union the INTO is urging the Government to push ahead with pay equalisation in an effort to prevent a further mass exodus of newly qualified teachers...

Kilkenny mother starts petition for all teachers in Ireland to have CPR and first aid training - thejournal.ie
5 Nov 2017
Maria Condon said defibrillators in all schools “is a great idea but is going to be pointless unless all staff are trained”...The INTO spokesperson said, “Boards of management have a responsibility for the health and safety of children enrolled in each school. “This [responsibility] should extend to the provision of training to all staff to enable them to meet their duty of care to children in the school population. “This has to be reviewed regularly as pupil enrolment changes and if necessary new training provided. Where a school identifies a training need in a particular area the Department should be required to provide funding.”...

Today with Sean O'Rourke - RTE Radio 1
1 Nov 2017
Retired Teachers Plugging The School Gap. According to figures obtained by the Irish Times, there are a record number of retired teachers covering gaps in classrooms across the country. About 1,000 retired teachers provided cover for 20,000 teaching days during the 2016/2017 academic year. Interview with Sheila Nunan General Secretary of the INTO...

Teacher shortages: ‘I had principals begging me to work’ - Irish Times
1 Nov 2017
Tom Mullins, a retired school principal, had been out of the classroom for 17 years when he thought about a return to teaching last year...

Record number of retired teachers plugging school gaps - Irish Times
1 Nov 2017
The number of retired teachers returning to the classroom is set to reach a record high as schools struggle to fill gaps for short-term absences. Many primary schools are finding it difficult to fill gaps for career breaks and maternity leave, while secondary schools report major difficulties sourcing teachers in key subjects...Sheila Nunan, the general secretary of the INTO, said: “Headline grabbing announcements dressed up as responses to the supply and retention crisis Irish schools currently face, do nothing to resolve matters. “The fact is the failure by government to address pay inequality is increasing the exodus of Irish teachers. Foreign governments recognise the worth of Irish teachers. The Irish Government must do likewise.” She said supply panels of teachers available to work would help regularise substitution work...

School holidays ‘unlikely’ to be cut to make up for Storm Ophelia closures - Irish Times
17 Oct 2017
Official guidance indicates tuition may be prioritised over extra-curricular activities...The department also defended its decision to close all schools for a second day in the face of criticism from some parents...The INTO, also threw its weight behind the decision. “The department made absolutely the right call. They had to take into account the safety of principals and teachers who would have been required to check last night if schools were able to open today,” said Peter Mullan of the INTO.

Department defends decision to close schools for second day - Irish Times
17 Oct 2017
...The country’s biggest teachers union, the Irish National Teachers’ Organisation, also threw its weight behind the decision. “The department made absolutely the right call. They had to take into account the safety of principals and teachers who would have been required to check last night if schools were able to open today,” said Peter Mullan of the INTO. “Many schools are finding today that they have no electricity or running water, or that debris on the roads is making access difficult.”...

Some primary teachers left without wages since August - Irish Times
16 Oct 2017
‘Pressure in payroll department’ creates delays in registering details of first-time teachers...Peter Mullan assistant general secretary, INTO said he was aware of “pressure in the payroll department” but added that it was “not fair that teachers would be forced to go into debt through no fault of their own”...

Teachers not paid - Sunday World
15 Oct 2017
First time primary school teachers have written to the Minister for Education Richard Bruton to complain they have not been paid since the start of the academic year in August. Teachers said some of their colleagues had been forced to take out loans from banks or credit unions after being told it could be November at the earliest before their details were incorporated in the Department of Education payroll. INTO assistant general secretary Peter Mullan called on the department to allocate more staff to resolve the issue.

Extra teachers set to ease overcrowding – Irish Times
11 Oct 2017
...The move will see the pupil-teacher ratio at primary level fall from 27: to 26:1, the lowest level on record. In total more than 1,280 extra teaching posts will be split between primary and secondary. In addition, a further 1,000 special needs assistants will be hired to help ensure that every child who requires additional support is able to secure it. The issue of overcrowding at primary level, in particular, has been a particular bugbear of teachers and parents. More than 100,000 children are currently being taught in so-called supersize classes of 30 to 40 students…The INTO welcomed the move as a step towards bringing Irish class sizes into line with other countries.

Nearly 1,300 extra teachers promised – Irish Examiner
11 Oct 2017
…With a record €10bn to be invested next year, including capital spending of €745m, the Department of Education will pay for over 300 extra teachers in primary schools from September 2018 to help bring down class sizes. This will be facilitated by a reduction in the mainstream pupil-teacher ratio from one classroom teacher for every 27 pupils to a 26:1 allocation. Of the 1,280 extra teaching posts being created, nearly 650 will just allow schools to keep pace with an expected 8,000 more pupils at primary and second levels. This includes 100 more teachers dedicated to special education under the new system of allocating supports for children with learning difficulties and disabilities. Almost 1,100 extra SNAs –mostly being appointed in September 2018 – will bring the SNA numbers above 15,000…The INTO said the class size reductions were welcome but would only move to returning them to European averages. "This is the first move to tackle overcrowding by this Government. Irish primary schools will see this as progress towards a fairer deal for children,” said INTO General Secretary Sheila Nunan. The union welcomed the €400,000 allocation that will see further increases in the days that teaching principals in smaller primary schools can dedicate to administrative work. These are to rise by between two and four days to between 17 and 29 days a year, depending on school size…

Teachers welcome €554m boost - Irish Daily Star
11 Oct 2017
The INTO has welcomed an extra €554 million to be spent on education next year...Sheila Nunan, general secretary of the INTO, said: "Irish Primary schools will see this as progress towards a fairer deal for children. "This decision will benefit children in primary schools. Teachers have more time with each pupil in smaller classes and can identify when a child is having difficulties faster." A total of 1,300 additional teaching posts will be created in 2018, to both reduce class sizes, and to cater for continued demographic growth.

Ratio of students to teachers set to drop after Budget 2018 - herfamily.ie
11 Oct 2017
According to the INTO, 545 jobs will be catering for an estimated 8,000 more pupils in 2018; while 230 new teachers will be in special classes and special schools...INTO General Secretary Sheila Nunan said:"This is the first move to tackle overcrowding by this Government. "Irish primary schools will see this as progress towards a fairer deal for children. This decision will benefit children in primary schools. "Teachers have more time with each pupil in smaller classes and can identify when a child is having difficulties faster. "The ratio of students to teachers in primary school is set to drop as almost 1,300 new teaching posts will be created...

The 'cup of coffee Budget', a return to 'boom and bust' and 'fake news' - reaction to Budget 2018 - Irish Independent
11 Oct 2017
Paschal Donhoe's 'balanced Budget' set out to please as many people as possible but a number of interest groups have been left less than impressed following his speech...INTO general secretary Sheila Nunan said it was “a “welcome step towards bringing Irish class sizes into line with other countries. “This is the first move to tackle over-crowding by this government.  Irish primary schools will see this as progress towards a fairer deal for children.”...

Positive reaction to budget measures in education sector - Newstalk.com
10 Oct 2017
...The general secretary of the INTO, Shelia Nunan, welcomed today’s budget announcement on reducing class sizes, saying: “This is the first move to tackle over-crowding by this government. Irish primary schools will see this as progress towards a fairer deal for children.”...

Have kids? Here's what Budget 2018 means for parents - thejournal.ie
10 Oct 2017
Education spending for 2018 was increased to €10 billion, which Paschal Donohoe said was “a new peak for the sector and 16.6% of total expenditure”. There will be almost 1,300 additional teachers in 2018, and as part of this the pupil teacher ratio at primary level will be reduced to 26:1. The increase in teachers plus additional career guidance counsellors is estimated to cost €46 million...The INTO also welcomed the change, saying that around 100,000 pupils in Ireland are in “supersized classes of 30 or more”, and are well above the EU average of 20...

Pupil-teacher ratio drops as education funding hits record levels - rte.ie
10 Oct 2017
Education spending will be increased by €554 million next year, bringing the total spend to a record €10.08 billion. The Budget measures include reducing the pupil-teacher ratio at primary level by one point to 26 pupils per teacher. A total of 1,300 additional teaching posts will be created in 2018, to both reduce class sizes, and to cater for continued demographic growth. The INTO said it welcomed the measures to reduce the pupil-teacher ratio in primary schools...."Irish primary schools will see this as progress towards a fairer deal for children. This decision will benefit children in primary schools. "Teachers have more time with each pupil in smaller classes and can identify when a child is having difficulties faster."...

Donegal’s INTO President calls for equal treatment for new teachers - Donegal Daily
9 Oct 2017
The President of the INTO, Donegal man John Boyle has called on the Education Minister to give equal treatment to new entrant teachers, to primary school leaders and to the primary education system...

Teacher shortages: Why are so many teachers emigrating? - Irish Times
5 Oct 2017
Lack of regular hours and permanent contracts is a major issue for young graduates...“There has been a significant increase in teacher emigration over recent years,” said president of the INTO John Boyle...

Changes to standards for teacher degrees welcomed - Irish Examiner
4 Oct 2017
The INTO has welcomed Education Minister Richard Bruton’s announcement of the first significant changes to entry requirements for primary teaching in decades...