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June 2016

INTO in the Media

Sex education – too much information or or not enough? - Irish Times - Health & Family
28 June 2016
‘Some children are still sniggering about real words like vagina and breast’...Yet Carmel Hume, principle of Presentation Primary in Terenure, Dublin, is concerned how many children don’t know the basics yet...

Hundred of teachers march over pay inequality - Irish Times
22 June 2016
Hundreds of young teachers have marched on Leinster House to highlight pay inequality in the profession.Organisers described the gathering as a “grassroots protest” sparked by anger among newly qualified professionals over the two-tier pay gap for public sector teachers. The march did not have the formal backing of any individual trade union group, but a significant number of local branch members of the INTO were present...

INTO to lay wreath at MacSweeny’s grave - Evening Echo
21 June 2016
The Irish National Teachers’ Organisation laid a wreath yesterday at the grave of Corkman Con MacSweeny. Mr MacSweeny was a former INTO Executive member who was injured while fighting in World War I in France in 1916. He was from Mourneabbey and taught in Wicklow. INTO vice-president John Boyle said that INTO’s links with 1916 reflected the diversity of Irish society at the time. Mr MacSweeny was a former principal of the boys’ school in Aughrim and was an elected member of the INTO executive committee where he campaigned for teachers particularly against the harsh school inspection regime which existed at the time.

Second class citizens! - Connacht Tribune
17 June 2016
One in four of Galway’s primary school students are squashed into super-sized classrooms, new figures reveal...Education Minster Richard Bruton, has confirmed that a further 10,481 primary school students were squeezed into classrooms with between 25 and 29 students...National school teachers’ union, INTO, says there should be a maximum class size in primary schools of 25 pupils in single-age classes. This should be reduced to 20 pupils for two-age group classes and to 15 for groups of three or more ages.

John Boyle, Leas Uachtarán Cumann Múinteoirí Éireann - RTE Raidio na Gaeltachta
15 June 2016
Tá 46 cúntóir riachtanais speisialta sa bhreis curtha ar fáil do scoileanna Dhún na nGall...

Richard Bruton promises increase in special needs assistants - Irish Examiner
15 June 2016
...The INTO said the extra assistants represent a 7% rise in the number of special needs assistants; bringing the number in primary schools to 7,709 — a rise of 470 on the end of this school year. The Department of Education said, overall, the increase will bring to 12,900 the number of special needs assistants in all schools. This will cost €425m annually...

Every student who needs special support will get it - Irish Daily Mail
15 June 2016
Education Minister Richard Bruton has pledged that every child who needs a special needs assistant will have one by September...A spokesman for the INTO welcomed the appointment of additional SNAs to meet increased enrolments of children with special needs, and said the timing of the announcement allows schools to organise an appointment process before the new school year begins. Speaking yesterday the INTO spokesman said: 'Today's announcement will allow new appointments to be made for September when children start school, something that was not always the case in previous years.'

Ashe is remembered as rebel and as a teacher - Fingal Independant
14 June 2016
Corduff NS has held a 1916 centenary commemoration event in conjunction with Lusk Heritage Group that remembers the school's links with Thomas Ashe. Ashe was a teacher at the school and led the Fingal Brigade into the Battle of Ashbourne in 1916 which became the only successful military action by the volunteers in that famous Easter Week. Rosena Jordan, President Of INTO laid a wreath at the Thomas Ashe memorial stone which the INTO laid on the centenary of Thomas Ashe's birth in 1893...Ms Jordan addressed the gathering to recognise the contribution of Thomas Ashe as a teacher.

Today FM - 18:00 News    
14 June 2016
Go-ahead for 860 new special needs assistants. The Department of Education has been given the go ahead to increase the number of Special Needs Assistants in schools - INTO Assistant General Secretary Peter Mullan.   

Limerick 95FM - 17:00 News    
14 June 2016
A seven per cent increase in the number of special needs assistants has been announced by the Minister for Education Richard Bruton. Interview with Peter Mullan, Assistant general Secretary of the INTO.

4FM - 17:00 News    
14 June 2016
Recruitment of Special Needs Assistants Increased To 7 Per Cent. A seven per cent increase in the number of special needs assistants has been announced by Minister for Education Richard Bruton. Audio clip: Peter Mullan, Assistant General Secretary of INTO.

Galway Bay FM - FYI Galway    
14 June 2016
Go-ahead for 860 new special needs assistants. A seven percent increase in the number of Special Need Assistants has been announced by the Minister for Education Richard Bruton - INTO Assistant General Secretary Peter Mullan.

LMFM - The Michael Reade Show
14 June 2016
Class Size - Peter Mullan, Assistant General Secretary with the INTO, joins the programme to discuss need of smaller class rooms in Ireland's schools.

Ashe is remembered as rebel and as a teacher - Fingal Independant
14 June 2016
Corduff NS has held a 1916 centenary commemoration event in conjunction with Lusk Heritage Group that remembers the school's links with Thomas Ashe. Ashe was a teacher at the school and led the Fingal Brigade into the Battle of Ashbourne in 1916 which became the only successful military action by the volunteers in that famous Easter Week. Rosena Jordan, President Of INTO laid a wreath at the Thomas Ashe memorial stone which the INTO laid on the centenary of Thomas Ashe's birth in 1893...Ms Jordan addressed the gathering to recognise the contribution of Thomas Ashe as a teacher.

New measures to tackle educational disadvantage in schools - Irish Examiner
13 June 2016
... However, the need for related capital investment has been flagged by the INTO. The union last month queried a further intimation in the Programme for Government that schools would have to be made available for childcare providers in order to receive the full benefit of promised restoration of Department of Education funding for running costs...

School reports - handle with care - Irish Independent
8 June 2016
Reading results of standardised tests can be a bit confusing...INTO, Director of Education and Research Dr Deirbhile Nic Craith says standardised tests have increased in importance since schools were obliged to send a summary of results to the department...

New teachers and mentoring - Irish Times
8 June 2016
Sir, – The article on on mentoring and supporting new teachers stated that “under the current probation system, new teachers have to fend for themselves in the classroom without a formal mentoring or support system” (“Droichead teacher mentoring scheme reveals a gap to be bridged”, May 31st)...

Pupils represent their Global Citizenship School in Dublin - Evening Echo
6 June 2016
...'1916 to 2016 and Beyond, From Cherishing all the Children of the Nation to Cherishing all the Children of the World' was the launch of a nationwide project led by the Irish National Teachers' Organisation which seeks to make the world a better place. Global Citizenship Schools, like Scoil Eoin Aspal, make a commitment to work for a better and fairer world by including global development issues in their curriculum. They are also supported with ready-to-go online lessons and other classroom-friendly resources.

Crowded Houses: Another Side to Dublin's Homelessness Crisis – Dublin InQuirer
1 June 2016
When Dublin City Council looked at why people were becoming homeless, the problem of overcrowding featured high on the list...The president of the INTO, Emma Dineen, raised the issues the housing crisis is having on students at the organisation’s annual congress last month. “It is worrying to see children coming into school hungry or very tired. Tiredness is a big problem, you might have to give them some time to sleep,” says Dineen. One survey of teachers showed that they can spend a lot of their day assisting families with filings like housing concerns, she says, “which is way beyond their remit”.