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Michael Finnegan 2017/18 INTO Bursary 29/11/17

Kerry Teacher Wins INTO Bursary

Michael Finnegan Bursary 2017/18

Wednesday, 29 November 2017

Press Release
Irish National Teachers’ Organisation
Kerry Teacher Wins INTO Bursary

Michael Finnegan a class teacher in Fossa NS, Killarney, Co Kerry, was announced as a winner of a bursary from the Irish National Teachers’ Organisation to help fund education research in Ireland.

Mr. Finnegan’s research (to Masters Level in Mary Immaculate College, Limerick) will examine school self-evaluation and its impact on curriculum development. He will also look at how it allows principals’ best support and empower staff.

It is also the intention to give consideration to how our present position within the international context of SSE and Whole School Planning informs Irish practices in the present and for the future.

Speaking at the presentation of the bursaries in Letterkenny, the President of the INTO, John Boyle said it was a source of pride to the INTO that up to 75% of primary teachers voluntarily undertake additional training and study.

“By acquiring new skills and expanding their knowledge, teachers enhance their practice and ultimately everyone benefits – including the children in their classrooms,” said Mr. Boyle

Every year all members of the INTO are invited to apply for one of five bursaries awards. The bursaries of €1,500 are considered for any project which has been approved as a research endeavour by a recognised third level institute.

All applications received are examined by an independent assessor who makes recommendations on the applications.

The 2017/2018 Bursaries were announced at a ceremony at this year’s INTO Consultative Conference on Education, on Friday 17 November 2017, in the Mount Errigal Hotel, Letterkenny, Co Donegal.