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Nov/Dec 2016

INTO in the Media

Religion may be out of core curriculum for primary schools - Irish Times
28 Dec 2016
Religious education will no longer feature as part of the State’s core curriculum at primary school under new proposals being considered by policy-makers. Instead, schools will have the freedom to decide how much time they wish to spend on teaching religion as part of “flexible time”. At present, schools typically spend up to two and a half hours a week on religion... Consultation process: The INTO welcomed the consultation process saying there was a very real sense of overload among primary teachers. The union’s general secretary Sheila Nunan said primary teachers were teaching seven curriculum areas with each one further sub-divided into more subjects...

Middle East School - The Irish Sun
22 Dec 2016
Hundreds of Irish teachers are being lured abroad by lucrative posts in the Middle East where they can earn almost double their current salaries...Teach and Explore boss Eoin Bolger said:  “The demand for places is crazy. We could have up to 1,000 teachers looking to go...However, the INTO’s Peter Mullan said recruitment drive like this would leave the Irish education sector at crisis point. He said: “I have an email which just landed this morning about a school in Cork that has three vacancies but couldn’t get someone to fill them. “Irish teachers are very much in demand because there is global recognition of the quality of Irish teacher education. One international report actually said that we were the best in the world. “Rents in urban areas are a significant barrier to employment. I would call on the Government to restore pay for new entrants to pre-cut levels, they have to begin paying equally for equal work. “There is certainly a teacher shortage in Ireland at the moment and if that figure were to leave the market at the end of this school year, it would only exacerbate things.”...

Public sector pay deals: Bridging the gap between the two sides - Irish Examiner
19 Dec 2016
Elaine Loughlin, Bernard Harbour and Eddie Molly examine and discuss recent public sector pay deals... As INTO assistant general secretary Peter Mullan said: “There have been cutbacks. I don’t think the system is as good as it was. “But certainly Croke Park and the other agreements have enabled public services to still be provided, it’s not a Rolls Royce model but it didn’t stop completely. “While the country did limp through there have been a lot of casualties,” he says...

Can Irish pupils be the world's No. 1 in reading? - Irish Independent
14 Dec 2016
A new literacy strategy introduced in schools in 2012 is showing positive results, but what more is needed to reach top of the class, asks Katherine Donnelly... Notwithstanding the foundations laid, progress made and promises around a digital strategy for schools that may help address the technology issue, Sheila Nunan, general secretary of the INTO, warns that “just because we’ve come this far doesn’t mean further progress will inevitably follow.” She says that, at  primary level, professional development of teachers is a must, on the same scale as it being provided for second-level teachers involved in junior cycle changes...

Budget 2017 - Eolas Magazine
1 Dec 2016
...The Irish National Teachers’ Organisation (INTO) expressed criticism regarding Budget 2017 stating: “The Government's plan for education was in tatters because the budget had failed to match the ambition with the resources.” The INTO statement continues: “The total failure to increase day-to-day funding for schools will leave primary schools dependent on continued voluntary fundraising and parental contributions.”...

Tipp town primary schools launch a battle for equality - Clonmel Nationalist
1 Dec 2016
Five primary schools in Tipperary town are campaigning to be included in the DEIS action plan to combat educational inequality. The primary schools in Tipperary town are campaigning to be included in the revised DEIS action plan at the end of the year. Deirbhile Nic Craith, Asst. General Secretary of the Irish National Teachers Organisation, Donal Kerins Irish Primary Principals Network and Terry O’Connor, Thee Drives Family Resource Centre backed the case.

Barrscéalta - RTE Raidió na Gaeltachta
30 Nov 2016
Bíonn clúdach cuimsitheach ar gach cinéal ábhar a bhaineann le pobal Dhún na nGall sa bhaile agus i gcéin ar Barrscéalta, mar aon le scéalta as Na Sé Chontae, an Cabhán agus Muineachán. Deirbhle Nic Craith Irish National Teachers' Organisation, Andy Caomhánach, Enda Bonner, John Campbell, Gearóid Sona, John Sheamúis Ó Fearraigh.

Mixed results for math and science as 15 countries outperform Ireland - Midwest Radio, The Comment Line
30 Nov 2016
The 2015 Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS) study found that 15 countries outperform Ireland's fourth-class science students. INTO spokesperson on education and research Deirbhile Nic Craith joins the programme to share her thoughts on this study.

Government must stop discrimination in funding for new schools, say teachers -
28 Nov 2016
Richard Bruton has said new funding measures will help the “smooth establishment” of new schools...The disparity between the funding for a new primary school and a new secondary school, however, has been roundly criticised by the teachers’ union, INTO.

Church's backlash blocks change in religion classes - Irish Independent
28 Nov 2016
Government education body told their proposals do not comply with Catholic vision...Among those who made submissions backing ERBE were the Irish National Teachers' Organisation (INTO) and the Ombudsman for Children, Dr Niall Muldoon...

Coding should be studied to Leaving Cert level - report - Irish Daily Mail
24 Nov 2016
Coding should be introduced as a Leaving Cert subject, according to a major new education report...A spokesman for primary teachers union the INTO said: 'Higher entry requirements in a number of areas are under consideration following the publication earlier this month of a report by the ESRI. 'However the analysis cautions that without sufficient notice to applicants, this would dramatically reduce the number of school leavers eligible for entry to courses and would reduce entry rates among more disadvantaged groups...

Teachers' union is furious at 'diagnosis for dollars' claims - Irish Independent
21 Nov 2016
Primary teachers' union the Irish National Teachers' Organisation has hit back at claims that children are being deliberately misdiagnosed in order to get extra resources in school...

Developer takes back donation to councillor - Sunday Business Post
20 Nov 2016
A property development company has taken back a €300 donation to a councillor after it failed to follow the political funding rules...The Standards in Public Office Commission’s head of ethics Sherry Perreault said that politicians and political parties were obliged to return or refuse a donation from a non-registered corporate donor. There are currently just nine organisations who have signed up to the corporate donations register so that they can make political donations of more than €200 to politicians and political parties. The majority of them are unions, such as Siptu, the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation and the Irish National Teachers' Organisation.

Teacher's union refutes 'diagnosis for dollars' claims -
19 Nov 2016
Claims that professionals are purposefully misdiagnosing children are "outrageous", says INTO general secretary. Primary teachers' union the INTO has criticised claims that children are deliberately being misdiagnosed to avail of more resources in school.

Welcome for school grants for repairs - Tipp FM
18 Nov 2016
Principals and Boards of Management at National Schools across Tipperary have given a broad welcome to the announcement of the Minor Works Grants...Principal and INTO Central Executive Committee member Brendan Horan says the money will be well spent in carrying out repairs to windows or footpaths around the 50 year old school...

Reconciling public pay demands with State’s financial reality - Irish Examiner
15 Nov 2016
...The teachers’ union say they have been warning for some time about bringing forward the pay talks process. The union’s priority is about addressing unequal pay for new teachers. They also want previous increases agreed for principles. The union, representing over 32,000 teachers, wants new talks to start by the end of the year or early next year...

Teachers want incentives for in-service courses - NOVEMBER 1991 - The Kerryman
9 Nov 2016
Primary school teachers in Kerry are not being given incentives to study for in-service training due to a lack of funding from the Department of Eduction, Kerry INTO Media Coordinator Julie O'Connor claimed this week...Mrs O'Connor said that the INTO will be pushing for the Department to provide substitute teachers to fill in for those doing in-service exams at their next conference.

RTE Radio 1 - Drivetime
8 Nov 2016
Cabinet accepts pay rise recommendation for Garda. The government has began to speak about the need for a collective approach to pay policy after the cabinet accepted the Labour Court recommendation on a Garda pay deal. Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Paschal Donohoe & INTO General Secretary Sheila Nunan...

Pay parity will cost €70m - Irish Examiner
2 Nov 2016
...The department’s recent deal with the Teachers’ Union of Ireland and Irish National Teachers’ Organisation went some way to reversing a disproportionate pay hit on new entrants to the profession, compared to other public servants employed since 2011. As well as the 10% reduction to pay scales for all new entrants, new teachers lost qualifications and other allowances that are paid to colleagues, but they will see increases between 15% to 20% in pay in a deal which Mr Bruton says remains open to ASTI if it ceases industrial action.

Pupils in over-crowded classes (November 2006) - The Argus
2 Nov 2016
Many Dundalk children are being taught in over-crowded classes, with some in classes of over 35 pupils, a new INTO survey reveals...‘It is an on-going problem,’ Ann McCabe, Dundalk INTO branch secretary, says of the growing class sizes. She explains that schools receive their teacher allocation based on the number of pupils on the roll on 30 September of the previous year...