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€54k for Sick Kids - Irish Sun
16 August 2018
Teachers have raised €54,000 for the CMRF Crumlin sick kids charity. The funds will support paediatric medical research and the 150,000  children who visit the Dublin hospital each year. INTO chief Joe Killeen said: "INTO are delighted and very proud to once again support CMRF through their annual members' raffle. "Thank you to our members for their generosity in raising €54,000 in the 2018 raffle. It will benefit thousands of children all over Ireland in their most vulnerable sick moments, and their parents through periods of strain and worry."

Spike in retired teachers employed as substitute teachers - Cork Today on C103
16 Aug 2018J
Joe Killeen I.N.T.O. President tells us why so many retired teachers are doing substitute work in our schools... (move to 20mins into programme)...

Spike in retired teachers employed as substitute teachers - Irish Times
13 Aug 2018
INTO says schools have to call on retired staff to shore up short-term needs. The INTO said primary schools across the State were struggling to fill gaps arising from maternity leave and occasional absences. “Pay inequality, alongside a failure by the Government to reintroduce supply panels of teachers to regularise substitution work is having a profound impact on schools,” a spokesman said. “Evidence suggests that principals were unable to access a teacher to cover one quarter of their substitutable absences. Schools are increasingly having to call on retired staff members to shore up their short-term needs.”...

Average class sizes in Cork fall for fourth year in a row - Irish Examiner
13 Aug 2018
An analysis of figures on pupil and classroom numbers published by the Department of Education shows the average class size in primary schools in Cork has fallen from 25 students per class in 2014/15 to 24.4 in 2017/18 — just below the national average of 24.5... The INTO said Ireland remained well above the EU average class size of 20 pupils per classroom. “We know that children do better with smaller class sizes, particularly at younger ages. It’s an import issue for child education and welfare,” said an INTO spokesperson. She claimed demographic changes, which will result in fewer numbers attending primary schools from 2019/20 onwards, presented “a great opportunity” to further lower average class sizes “if they hold on to existing teachers.” “The average class size will come down if the Government maintains the current level of teachers into the future,” the spokesperson said...

Irish experts say ban on headers in football ‘is not practical’ - extra.ie
10 Aug 2018
Irish experts have questioned the practicality of banning headers for underage footballers after an international physician called for them to be banned... A spokesman for the INTO said individual schools would have to make a decision on such a ban. ‘Given the diverse range of sports and playground activities which take place in schools, school leaders are best placed to make decisions locally on what’s appropriate in their context,’ he said...

Helping your child get ready for ‘big school’ - Irish Times
7 Aug 2018
Since the introduction of the Early Childhood Care and Education scheme, children are generally better prepared for the transition from pre-school to primary... Two years ago, inspectors from the Department of Education started visiting pre-schools to assess implementation of the ECCE programme. “One issue that came to the fore early on for us as we observed practice in these settings was the pressures that settings felt to ‘prepare children for school’,” the Department’s chief inspector, Harold Hislop, told a seminar on transitions across early years education, organised by the Irish National Teachers’ Organisation and Early Childhood Ireland in June...

Teacher unions to be consulted on solving recruitment problems - Irish Examiner
25 Jul 2018
Teacher unions will be consulted by a steering group examining ways to deal with the problems schools face in recruiting teachers, the Department of Education has promised... It was responding to criticism this week from the INTO that its requests to meet the steering group established by Education Minister Richard Bruton have been ignored... On Monday, the INTO demanded an urgent meeting with the minister over its concerns at what general secretary Sheila Nunan described as their outrageous exclusion from the steering group...

Teachers support affordable public worker homes plan - The Times
23 Jul 2018
Ireland’s biggest teachers’ union supports government plans to make new homes available to public-sector workers on preferential terms... Sheila Nunan, general secretary of the Irish National Teachers' Organisation, said that the model was supported by the Irish Congress of Trade Unions (ICTU) and was necessary to help public...

Therapy Class Bid - Irish Sun
9 Jul 2018
Children will be able to avail of in-school and pre-school therapy services as part of a new Department of Education mental health focus... The INTO praised the decision and called for the programme to be properly funded. INTO's Joe Killeen said: "the purpose of this pilot should be to explore all logistical and operational issues with a view to making concrete proposals for a nationawide school-based therapy service".

Offaly/ Nth Tipp TDs briefed on INTO education concerns - Tullamore Tribune & Midland Tribune
5 Jul 2018
A briefing was organised by the INTO which is campaigning for key issues to be addressed in October’s budget. Among the issues which were highlighted were: Reduce class size: Ireland’s primary school classes are 5 above  the EU average. (OECD, 2017)...

Gap is harder to bridge for homeless children - Irish Examiner
4 Jul 2018
Children are the fastest-growing group in the homeless population of Ireland. Last week, the Department of Housing, Planning, and Local Government released its May 2018 figures, recording a total of 1,724 families with 3,826 dependent children officially recorded as homeless...In October 2017, the Irish National Teachers’ Organisation (INTO) reported that children who experience homelessness struggle in school and their teachers struggle to help them cope. Despite the increasing numbers, the INTO states there is “no support for hard-pressed teachers, no advice, no guidance, and no additional resources”...

Local INTO branches represented at recent lobby day - Dundalk Democrat
3 Jul 2018
The INTO National Lobby Day was held in the National Museum on Kildare Street, Dublin, were Aoibheann Lynch, Secretary of the Dundalk Branch of INTO and Aoife Mullen, Secretary of INTO’s Ardee Branch represented local union members... As education is the passport to the future for the next generations, INTO stated that they seek to encourage TDs and Senators to value primary education in Budget 2019. The significance of good quality teaching at primary level cannot be underestimated, they say, as learning in these formative years is crucial for future development. The INTO also demanded adequate support for school leadership by creating support posts and providing administration time for teaching principals...

Column: 'You couldn’t let your students know you were gay, so you had to hide it from them' - thejournal.ie
3 Jul 2018
Teachers encourage their pupils to be kind, upstanding citizens but sometimes the teachers themselves are faced with challenging attitudes in the workplace, writes Sheila Nunan...

Does it really matter if some of our patriots were gay? - Irish Times
28 Jun 2018
Taoiseach’s recognition is important but sexuality should never be the ‘truth’ about anyone...However, before we become too self-congratulatory on how far we have come, bear in mind the INTO’s comments this week on the fears of LGBT teachers coming out in the classroom and the staffroom...

'There are still schools where you feel you cannot be yourself' - LGBT teachers in Ireland on challenges they still face - Irish Independent
26 Jun 2018
LGBT+ teachers still face "ongoing challenges" in schools according to INTO...INTO general secretary Sheila Nunan said the organisation aims to be an ally for members of the LGBT+ community in the coming years...

Irish Teachers Fear Discrimination At Work Over Sexuality - Gay Community News
26 Jun 2018
In an report on Morning Ireland, members of the Irish National Teachers Organisation spoke of the fear of discrimination LGBT+ teachers face....

INTO’s Pride-Inspired Logo To Show Solidarity With Dublin Pride  - EILE Magazine
25 Jun 2018
...INTO General Secretary, Sheila Nunan, said: “As we reflect on INTO’s 150-year journey of activism and advocacy, it’s important to look forward and face the challenges which remain. We have always worked with our LGBT+ members to make classrooms and schools a place of inclusion where teachers are free to be their authentic selves. “We do recognise, however, the ongoing challenges facing not just LGBT+ teachers but the wider community, and our small gesture [to coincide with] Dublin Pride is aimed at demonstrating our commitment as an ally in the coming years.”...

Offaly TD backs INTO demands for more primary school teachers - offalyexpress.ie
(Also carried in Midland Tribune & Tullamore Tribune)
25 Jun 2018
...The INTO lobby set out four corners to its demand. The first seeks to reduce the pupil teacher ratio from 1:27 to 1:26 which will still stand at 5 pupils above the OECD average of 1:21. The second seeks to restore 5,000 middle management posts lost in the recession and additionally release teaching principals for one day per week to attend to administration duties. The third demand seeks an increase in the capitation grant of €20 per pupil to bring it up to €190, still short of the 2009 figure of €200 per pupil. The final pillar seeks the establishment of Teacher Supply Panels – a logistics arrangement to ensure the availability of qualified teachers to cover absenteeism. The new measures have been costed at €53 million. The total Education Budget for 2018 is €10.1 billion...

Teachers fear consequences of coming out as gay - Irish Times
25 Jun 2018
‘You’re censoring yourself: you say 'my partner', you say they' instead of she or he'. Many teachers fear that coming out as gay will have an impact on their career, according to Irish National Teachers Organisation members...

Ireland Oldest Trade Union INTO Seeks to be Ally to LGBT Teachers to Battle Bias and Discrimination - RTE Morning Ireland
25 Jun 2018
The country's oldest Trade Union, the Primary Teachers Union, the INTO is rebranding itself this week, in a symbolic gesture of solidarity, it says with LGBT Teachers, Students and others. The Union is using the Rainbow Colours in its Logo on e-mails, and so forth. But beyond the symbolism, the INTO says it wants to be an ally for its LGBT Teachers, many of whom it says fear bias and discrimination at work, if they are open about their sexuality...

Hospital Consultants settle pay claim against State - RTE Nine O Clock News & Six One News
15 Jun 2018
...Vivienne Traynor says at the end of her piece “already today other sectors such as primary school teachers were pointing to this agreement and saying we’re next”...(go to 6mins & 12 secs into programme)...

“Comprehensive training” needed for trans / gender variant children at primary level – TENI  - EILE Magazine
14 Jun 2018
A new study has shed light on the significant challenges faced by parents and educators of trans or gender non-conforming children who require meaningful support at primary school level...The report was funded by the Irish Research Council and launched with the support of the Irish National Teachers’ Organisation (INTO)...

Qualified teacher of ten years claims she can't get a teaching job in Donegal - Donegal Democrat
13 Jun 2018
The ongoing difficulties that qualified teachers are encountering when seeking employment in Donegal have prompted a new campaign which it is hoped will highlight the issue. Details are now being compiled to find out just how many people have qualified to teach, but who can’t get a job here...A spokesperson for the INTO said the procedures for recruiting and appointing teachers are set out in the Governance Manual for Primary Schools 2015 -2019 and the minimum requirements for employment as a teacher are included..