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December 2015

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Check the index below for a list of articles published in this issue.



INDEX OF ARTICLES

Keeping in touch • Editorial • Christmas greetings • Letters • Letters of thanks to INTO • 10 things you should know • Job sharing and teacher exchange register deadlines approaching •INTO mailing lists • Stay connected • Project team on salary inequalities meets • Dáil passes FEMPI bill • Accounts committee training • Education at a glance 2015

INTO news • Teaching Council Registration • Supplementary panel • General Election 2016 • Congress 2016 • Want to attend? Details and other information about Congress 2016 • Panel rights – what you should know • INTO Education Conference 2015 • Five pages of reports and pictures from the • INTO Education Conference in Athlone • INTO benefits • Check out the latest offers from Membership Plus • Updated Tips for Parents booklet now online • Online support for INTO staff reps Elections to the Teaching Council • Centre for School Leadership visit Head Office • INTO Learning winter programme: Two current online courses/District officers training • Interested in designing or facilitating professional development • Passage to India • INTO president visits India with Global Schoolroom • Thinking of volunteering overseas? • Retirements • Photographs from retirement functions held around the country • Vere Foster medal winners • Photos from presentation ceremonies • Sciath na Scol presentations • Check your payslip • Complaints under Rule 104/5 of INTO Rules and Constitution • Conference on poverty and social inclusion in education INTO/St Patrick’s College, 5 December • In the media Recent media coverage.

INTO Advice • Getting married? •Tips on taking stress out of wedding costs • Additional pension saving • Work life balance • Advice for newly qualified teachers • News Desk • Capital investment for schools • DES announcement • School transport • Bus Éireann’s policy for status red weather alerts • Minor Works Grant • Teaching Council registration conditions deadline extended •  School secretaries and caretakersLabour Court recommends pay increase •  Pavee Point celebrates 30 years •  ReelLife Science award winners announced • Show Racism the Red Card • Creative competition for schools • Free Being Me • Initiative to boost confidence and selfesteem of girls • Cumann na mBunscol • Kilkenny’s success secret revealed! • Cumann na mBunscol awards, March 2016 • How Irish schools can use Erasmus.

Finishing Touches • Noticeboard • Upcoming events • Comhar Linn draw and crossword • Scoilnet panel Nature sound map. Teaching Matters • Children need access to real books first and foremost • Opinion by Elaine Ryan •  Engaging and supporting fathers in DEIS schools • Break time in Buenos Aires • Billy Lynch on his trip to Argentina • What model of primary school provision for the future? John Coolahan discusses • Discovery and Learning at Dublin Zoo • Take care of garden birds this winter • Meet the new giraffe calf • PDST • FÍS celebrates 11th anniversary • 1916 Rising – “No connection whatever”? Noel Ward discusses INTO links with the 1916 Rising • National Children’s Choir New committee elected • Irish resources • Tips from COGG • Visual arts Appliqué Christmas • Book reviews Two pages of book reviews.