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January 2016

Staffing arrangements in Primary Schools for the 2016/17 school year
Friday, 29 January 16
The DES has published Circular 07/2016 informing primary schools of the staffing arrangements for primary schools for the 2016/17 school year.

Illness Benefit Payment: Information for Teachers paying PRSI Class A (Full Rate)
Friday, 29 January 16
The DES has issued an information note for teachers in relation to the illness benefit payment for those on Class A PRSI.

Consultation: Advancing School Autonomy in the Irish School System
Tuesday, 12 January 16
In December the DES published a Consultation Paper and a Research Paper on the topic of Advancing Autonomy in the Irish School System. The context for preparing the papers is the proposal in the Programme for Government 2011-2016 to explore possibilities for granting additional autonomy to schools.

Ballot for industrial action on promotion moratorium
Monday, 11 January 16
The INTO will ballot members next month (February 2016) on industrial action in response to the continued ban on promotion in schools and increasing workload for teachers. The decision to ballot was finalised at a meeting of the union’s executive at the weekend.