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Aug/Sept 2016

INTO in the Media

Arranmore pays tribute to Peadar O'Donnell - Donegal News
30 Sept 2016
A host of inspirational speakers took to the podium on Arranmore island on Saturday to honour famous Dungloe Republican and activist, Peadar O'Donnell...One of the guest speakers was west Donegal native, Mr. John Boyle, current Vice-President of the INTO. He said he believed it was entirely fitting in 2016 that his life was being celebrated on Arranmore thirty years after his death. "Being born on a small farm in Meenmore would seem to be a remarkable and unlikely beginning for a left-wing radical," Mr. Boyle said. "That he should begin his working life as a National School teacher in 1913 made it even more unlikely. School teachers in those days, if not today, being under so much pressure to conform. Peadar O'Donnell was never going to conform - he was not the first Rosses man of his type and certainly not the last."

It's time to introduce gender quotas for primary school principals - Rosena Jordan - Shannonside 13.00 & 15.00 News
30 Sept 2016
It's time to introduce gender quotas for primary school principals that's according to the President of the INTO Rosena Jordan who lives in Kingscourt in County Cavan.

Concerns over shortage of male teachers in the primary sector - Kildare Today
30 Sept 2016
Rosena Jordan, President of the INTO, joins the programme to discuss the concerns over shortage of male teachers in the primary sector.

Why we need more male teachers and more female principals - Irish Independent
28 Sept 2016
In my opinion by Rosena Jordan. Classrooms are a microcosm of society. In our schools, children learn the stories they will tell themselves for the rest of their lives, stories formed from the material they have around them. What will today’s primary children tell themselves about gender? Men have been steadily disappearing from Irish classrooms since the 1970s. In 1961, nearly 40pc of primary teachers were male. Today it is below 15pc. What message does that send to our children? Will they learn that the primary classroom is no place for young men?...

Young teachers in ASTI €6,000 a year worse off after pay deal - Irish Independent
17 Sept 2016
... But, only members of teacher unions that have signed up to the LRA - currently, the Irish National Teachers' Organisation and the Teachers' Union of Ireland - will receive the increases...INTO general secretary Sheila Nunan said yesterday's deal represented "significant progress" and that "for the first time, teachers who began since 2012 will have the same earnings path as all other teachers and will reach the same maximum point of salary scale."...

New teachers get 2,000 euro pay rise - Daily Star
17 Sept 2016
The Government has headed off the threat of classroom chaos by agreeing to scrap a controversial pay scale for young teachers...General secretary Sheila Nunan claimed 3,500 teachers who have qualified since February 2012 are now in line for a wage hike. She said "For the first time teachers who began since 2012 will have the same earnings path as all other teachers and will reach the same maximum point of the salary scale."

2k Rise for new teachers - Irish Daily Star
17 Sept 2016
Thousands of newly qualified teachers who suffered massive cuts to starting salaries are to get a 2,000 euro pay rise, the Government has said...The INTO described the deal as significant, saying 3,500 teachers who qualified since February 2012 are now in line for a wage hike.

Unions clinch equality deal for graduates - Irish Mirror
17 Sept 2016
Newly qualified teachers who suffered huge cuts to starting salaries will get a 2,000 pay rise, the Government has said...The INTO said it was a significiant break through and 3,500 people will benefit. General secretary Sheila Nunan told how unequal pay scales had been a priority issue for the union...

Teachers get deal on pay... but ASTI left out in the cold - Irish Daily Mail
17 Sept 2016
...The Department of Education yesterday agreed a deal with the Irish National Teachers' Organisation and the Teachers' Union of Ireland. The agreement addresses the controversial two-tier pay scale which meant teachers who qualified after 2012 were on lower pay scales than their more senior counterparts...Sheila Nunan said: 'For the first time teachers who began since 2012 will have the same earnings path as all other teachers and will reach the same maximum point of salary scale.'

Are we ready to pay to be the best? - Evening Echo
17 Sept 2016
The government's action plan for education, which aims to make our system the best in Europe by 2026 is laudable in many ways...It is ironic that on the same morning the plan was launched, the INTO issued a statement about an OECD report which showing that while most countries are spending more per student in 2013 than they did at the start of the crisis in 2008, Ireland is an exception. Spending here has fallen by up to 15per cent against comparable EU countries in recent years.

Two teaching unions reach agreement on pay for new teachers - TV3 News
16 Sept 2016
Two Teacher Unions have reached an agreement with the department of education on improved salaries for new recruits. INTO general secretary Sheila Nunan... (move to 3.38)

ASTI Members will miss out pay increases due to Lansdowne Road Agreement - rte.ie
16 Sept 2016
Newly qualified teachers with Teachers' Union of Ireland and the INTO are to receive pay increases worth up to 2000 euro but ASTI Members will miss out as they have not signed up to the Lansdowne Road Agreement...

Pay rise for new entrant teachers - Newstalk.com
16 Sept 2016
Teachers recruited since 2012 are to get a 2000 euro boost to their annual salary from next January, but members of the ASTI will not get the cash. Sheila Nunan, General Secretary of the INTO, joins Chris Donoghue to give the exact details of the pay increase and what's the message from the unions for their members... (play part 1)

Deal to restore pay for newly-qualified teachers in INTO and TUI - rte.ie
16 Sept 2016
...The INTO said the deal "equalises pay between teachers who started from February 2012 and those who started immediately before them in 2011"...

Newly qualified teachers set for €2,000 pay rise - Irish Examiner
16 Sept 2016
...General secretary Sheila Nunan said unequal pay scales had been a priority issue for the union. "For the first time, teachers who began since 2012 will have the same earnings path as all other teachers and will reach the same maximum point of salary scale," she said...

INTO & TUI Reach Agreement On Revised Pay Scales - 98FM
16 Sept 2016
Sheila Nunan general secretary of the INTO said this settlement will result in career earnings for a post-February 2012 entrant increasing by over €100,000 compared to at present...

Clare INTO Rep Insists Government Education Plan No Good Without Proper Resources - Clarefm
16 Sept 2016
Clare INTO insists the government's plan to make Ireland's education system the best in Europe won't be realised without the proper resources...

Equal Pay For Teachers Will Bring Emigrants Home Says INTO - Midlands 103
16 Sept 2016
INTO's Midlands representative Carmel Browne says the government's plans to equalise pay for newly qualified teachers will encourage emigrants to come home...

Agreement reached between Department of Education and Teachers Unions - Galway Bay FM, Cork 96FM, EastCoast Radio, Clare FM, Limerick 95FM
16 Sept 2016
Two teacher trade unions have reached agreement with the Department of Education on pay for newly-qualified teachers. INTO General Secretary Sheila Nunan.

Minister welcomes agreement for newly qualified teachers - Tipp FM, WLR FM, Today FM & Radio Kerry, Newstalk, KCLR FM
16 Sept 2016
Two teacher trade unions have reached agreement with the Department of Education on pay for newly-qualified teachers. General Secretary of the INTO Sheila Nunan.

Cuts to uniform and books bills in schools plan - Irish Independent
16 Sept 2016
...Irish National Teachers' Organisation general secretary Sheila Nunan said it lacked a timeline for resources and was short on detail...

School days over: spaces, places and memory - Ireland's Own
16 Sept 2016
Archaeologist and photographer Enda O'Flaherty presents a fascinating insight into the memory and meaning locked away in Ireland's abandoned old school houses...In 1937, the Irish Folklore Commission, in collaboration with the Department of Education and the Irish National Teachers' Organisation, initiated a revolutionary scheme in which schoolchildren were encouraged to collect and document folklore and local history from the eldest, or most knowledgeable, members of their household. Over a period of eighteen months some 100,000 children in 5,000 primary schools in the twenty-six counties of the Irish Free State were encouraged to collect folklore material in their home districts. These first-hand stories, poems, recipes, phrases and local folklores were all written down by the school children who attended these schools in the 1930s, and represent a wealth of local first-hand knowledge that dates as far back as the mid-19th century.

No punishment for 11-plus coaching in last four years - The Irish News
13 Sept 2016
Just a dozen primary schools were warned about coaching for unofficial 11-plus tests over the last four years - and not one was punished...Teaching unions are unhappy with the policy change. Gerry Murphy of the INTO said the fundamental purpose of unregulated tests was to help the minority of post primary schools choose pupils.

Statement from the Department of Education and Skills - Dungarvan Observer
9 Sept 2016
...The Minister emphasised that his Department remains available to meet with ASTI to discuss their issues of concern, including issues relating to new entrant pay. The INTO and the TUI have had a series of meetings with the Department of Education and Public Expenditure since July to fully scope out the issues relating to pay arrangements for newly qualified teachers recruited since 1st February 2012. This engagement has been taking place in the context of both unions' acceptance of the Lansdowne Road Agreement, and having regard to the recent agreement in respect of fire-fighters in Local Government. The parties have reported productive progress in the discussions to date and the aim is to conclude the current discussions by early this month.

Lessons for parents of pre-school children - Irish Independent
7 Sept 2016
Why learning ABCs is not what a toddler should be doing at crèche, writes Katherine Donnelly...Back at the primary school gate, INTO president Rosena Jordan confirms that children don't need to be able to write or recognise letters or count before they arrive, but what they do need is a confidence about their abilities and capabilities, and so a willingness to take on new challenges.

Schools hire 811 retirees as teachers - Irish Daily Mirror
5 Sept 2016
More than 800 retired teachers have been rehired as substitutes, it has been revealed...However, Peter Mullan, of the INTO, said there was a shortage of graduates available to work last year. He told the Sunday Business Post: "Schools were begging retired teachers to do substitute work because they couldn't get teachers just out of college".

Back to school: 800 retired teachers rehired as subs - Sunday Business Post
4 Sept 2016
The number of retirees employed as substitute teachers increased by 45% in the last school year...There were insufficient graduates available to work as substitutes last year, which led to a higher demands for retired teachers to fill in at schools, according to Peter Mullan, media officer at the INTO. Due to changes in primary teaching college courses, whose duration has gone up from three years to four, he said only 336 primary school teachers graduated in 2015, compared to over 1,200 in 2014. "By last year, schools were begging retired teachers to do whatever substitute work they had available because they couldn't get teachers who were just out of college and available for work," he said.

Education - Evening Echo
1 Sept 2016
Officials from the Department of Education and Skills, the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform and representatives from the INTO and TUI have had a series of meetings since July to fully scope out the issues relating to pay arrangements for newly qualifiied teachers recruited since February 2012. The parties have reported productive progress.

Answers impossible to find in wake of tragedy - The Meath Chronicle
1 Sept 2016
...The principal of Castlerahan National School, Anne Foley, and her principle colleague in Oristown, Ann O'Kelly Lynch, moved quickly to implement the Critical Incident Management Plan and a statement issued via the Irish National Teachers' Organisation spoke of the support that was flocking to Castlerahan and Oristown national schools.

Substitute Teachers - Tirconaill Tribune
1 Sept 2016
The INTO invite qualified primary school teachers seeking substitute work in District 3 (Donegal and Leitrim) to email d3sublist@gmail.com with their name, Teaching Council number, location and phone number. This list of availale substitute teachers is updated monthly and sent to school principals throughout District 3. Please see our Facebook page for more information (Donegal and Leitrim Sublist)

Head of the Class. Essential advice to help ease the family into back to school time - Easy Parenting
1 Sept 2016
First time school goers: The Irish National Teachers' Organisation has the following advice for parents of children who are going to school for the first time: An initial visit to the school is a good idea. Meet the principal and the teacher of infants. Show your child the school building, the cloakroom, the classroom, where the toilets are and the playground...

School where Hawe was deputy principal reopens - Irish Examiner
1 Sept 2016
A team of psychologists from the National Educational Psychological Service visited the school on Monday and Tuesday to brief teachers on how to talk to the students about the traumatic incident...“The psychologists can also have a front-facing role with parents,” a spokesperson from the Irish National Teachers’ Organisation said...

Community comes to terms with ‘terrible tragedy’ - Irish Times
30 Aug 2016
‘They were wonderful children who will be greatly missed by all who knew them’. The principal of Castlerahan National School, Anne Foley, issued a statement via the Irish National Teachers’ Organisation. “This is a terrible tragedy for the family, our school and our community. We are deeply saddened by this event. Our sympathy and our thoughts are with the extended family and friends...

'Terrible tragedy' says principal of local national school as family members named - The Anglo Celt
29 Aug 2016
The principal of Castlerahan National School, Anne Foley, issued the following statement via the Irish National Teachers' Organisation in the last couple of minutes. "At lunch time today (Monday, 29 August 2016) we learnt of the tragic deaths the Hawe family...

School's Out Home Schooling - Sunday Business Post
28 Aug 2016
With a 56% increase in the number of children on the home education register between 2011 and 2015, it is a route more and more parents are choosing...Deirbhile NicCraith, Director of Education and Research for the Irish National Teachers' Organisation, says that one benefit of sending children to primary school is that children are taught by qualified teachers and have access to a broad and balanced curriculum.

Teachers pushing for resolution of pay talks - Irish Examiner
24 August 2016
Teacher unions are pushing for the urgent conclusion of talks with two government departments over restoring qualifications allowances for younger members as they prepare to return to classrooms... While all sides have reported progress, Ms Irwin and INTO general secretary Sheila Nunan said a clear timescale was needed to implement the results of talks, which could see payments in respect of qualifications incorporated into basic salaries for post-2012 teachers who will begin another year on significantly lower pay than others...

Get the kids ready for learning - Northside & Southside People
24 August 2016
Unlike most parents, teachers have years of experience in showing new kids the ropes when it comes to beginning school. Here are some tips from the INTO on how to prepare your child for primary school. Positive Attitude: It is important to create a positive attitude towards learning. If children have this then they will try to become involved in the learning process. Curiosity: The natural inquisitiveness of children is central to learning. Children are encouraged to ask more questions when they get positive responses. Self Confidence: If children are confident about their abilities then they will be more willing to take on new challenges. Listening: Children should be encouraged to develop good listening skills. Instruction and directions are a big part of school life so children need to be good listeners. Interacting: Children need to learn key skills like how to share, how to take turns and how to respect others. They also need to learn respect for others and to be aware of the feelings of others. Independence: In order to take part in school life children need to have a good level of independence.

Touchscreens mean schoolchildren even lack the ability to grip a pencil - Irish Daily Mail
19 August 2016
An expert has said children who are starting school cannot even hold pencils - as they have spent too much time on touchscreen devices...Her claim was backed up by the INTO, which said primary teachers have reported seeing children with an underdeveloped grip in class. 'Touchscreen swiping has impacted on the motor skills of young children starting school,' said an INTO spokesman.