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INTO calls for an end to the ban on promotion in primary schools 08/04/15

INTO calls for an end to the ban on promotion in primary schools

Wednesday, 8 April 2015

INTO Congress 2015
West County Hotel, Ennis

Primary teachers have called for an end to the moratorium on promoted posts in schools. The motion on the INTO’s annual congress agenda recognised the critical role that school leaders play in the management of primary schools. Teachers have demanded that the INTO enter into immediate negotiations to restore posts of responsibility within schools.

The moratorium, which affects assistant principal and special duties posts, continues to have a serious impact on the ability of schools to function effectively.  Currently, no special duties posts in schools may be filled and only a limited amount of assistant principal posts may be filled after meeting specific criteria.

Joe Lyons a delegate from Limerick City told the conference that in the last decade, schools had been inundated with an ever-growing list of initiatives. “Initiatives such as healthy eating, active schools, Relationship and Sexuality Education, internet safety and anti-bullying are all worthwhile,” he said. “Increasingly, schools are expected to take the place of the home in teaching children values and lifeskills. Yet, as responsibility grows, and pressure to take on extra responsibility increases, principals have less support and fewer resources.”

Brendan Horan a member of the INTO Executive and a teaching principal in Cahir Co Tipperary said principals are increasingly under pressure and isolated. He said increasing demands of paperwork had left principals isolated, not just from parents but from teachers as well.

Catherine Flanagan of the INTO’s principals and deputy principals committee deplored the lack of promotion in schools. She said there was no career promotion in schools and she called for an end to the ban on promotion. She also insisted principals’ allowances be calculated with reference to all staff in the school. She gave an example of a school principal managing 58 staff but was only being paid on the basis of managing 24 staff.

Emma Dineen the new INTO president told delegates that school leaders had no difficulty doing their jobs but needed time and space to do it.