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Fergus Seoighe INTO Bursary 10/02/17

Mayo Principal Wins INTO Bursary

Fergus Seoighe Bursary 2017

Friday, 10 February 2017

Press Release Irish National Teachers’ Organisation
Mayo Principal Wins INTO Bursary

Fergus Seoighe, principal teacher in Scoil Phádraig, Westport, Co. Mayo was announced as a winner of a bursary from the Irish National Teachers’ Organisation to help fund education research in Ireland.

Mr Seoighe’s research (to Doctorate Level at St Patrick’s Campus, DCU) will assess the effectiveness of teaching and learning Science through the medium of Irish. The support needs of teachers in adopting such an approach will also be investigated.

Speaking at the presentation of the bursaries in Dublin, the President of the INTO, Rosena Jordan said it was a source of pride to the INTO that up to 75% of primary teachers voluntarily undertake additional training and study.

“By acquiring new skills and expanding their knowledge, teachers enhance their practice and ultimately everyone benefits – including the children in their classrooms,” said Ms. Jordan.

Every year since 1993 primary teachers undertaking research have been supported by the INTO through the Bursary Scheme. This year, five awards of €1,500 were made. A total of 54 applications were submitted and judged by an independent assessor from one of the third-level institutes.

An awards ceremony was held in the Teachers’ Club, Parnell Square, Dublin on 9 February 2017.