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December 2016

ICTU Leader Responds to IBEC Boss
Thursday, 22 December 16
Earlier this week IBEC boss Danny McCoy gave an interview to the Irish Independent which made a number of highly inaccurate claims. Patricia King, ICTU general secretary, responded.

Shortage of Substitute Teachers
Thursday, 15 December 16
The issue of the chronic shortage of substitute teachers affecting primary schools was raised in Dail Eireann yesterday (14 December 2016) by Joan Burton TD. She said the shortage of substitute teachers was a grave concern impacting on teaching, learning and school administration.

Publication of consultation material on Structure and Time (Primary Curriculum)
Wednesday, 14 December 16
A consultation document, ‘Proposals on the structure and time allocation in a redeveloped primary curriculum: For consultation’ and related consultation material has been published on the NCCA website.

Visiting Teacher Service - Temporary Fixed Term Posts
Wednesday, 14 December 16
The DES is seeking applications from suitably qualified teachers for posts in the visiting teacher service.

Restoration of Qualification Allowance Payment for Post-Feb 2012 Entrants
Tuesday, 13 December 16
Circular 0078/2016 confirms first phase of payment from 1 January 2017.

Database of Teacher CPD Provision for Inclusion and Special Educational Needs
Monday, 12 December 16
A database of continuous professional development (CPD) provision for teachers in the areas of inclusion and special educational needs has been launched.

Critical Incidents Guidelines and Resource Materials for Schools
Monday, 12 December 16
NEPS has published an updated 3rd edition of Responding to Critical Incidents: NEPS Guidelines & Resource Materials for Schools (2016).

Post Graduate Programme in School Leadership Announced
Monday, 12 December 16
A new post graduate qualification in school leadership aimed at teachers aspiring to school leadership positions has been announced. The first intake of students will be in September 2017.

Education, the best public service in Ireland
Friday, 9 December 16
Irish education tops the league of Irish public services. That’s according to a European-wide survey which examines trends in public sector development.

Review of Implementation of Plan on Bullying in DEIS Schools
Friday, 9 December 16
Review of implementation of the National Action Plan on Bullying and Assessment of Supports for Bullying Prevention in DEIS Schools.