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InTouch December 2007

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Check the index below for a list of articles published in this issue.


In the News
Concerns on Teacher Supply; NCCA is 20; INTO Calls for Primary Investment; Benchmarking Report Due Soon; Webcasts of Conferences; Membership Census Update; How the World's Best Performing School Systems Come Out on Top

National News
Assessment Guidelines launched; Pension proposals published; IT Project rolls out; Sports Trivia Quiz

Conditions of Employment
Early Retirement scheme for teachers; Sick leave and the Christmas vacation period; Busy time for Trade Union Training; Primary Substitute Salary; Important Notice on Retirement Planning Seminars

Communications, Principals & Social Inclusion
Irish Traveller Movement seminar; Autism provision expands; Review of special needs assistants; DEIS funding 2007/2008; Angela goes back to school

Legal, Industrial Relations and Equality
Constitution of Boards and Rules of Procedure; Appointment of Teachers Appendix D

Ruling clarifies parental leave rights; Equal status reviews in primary schools; Pensions paper brings ageing into focus

Student Members
Vere Foster 1819-1900 - First President of the Irish National Teachers' Organisation; Retirements

Putting U into Your Union
Guidelines for motions - Congress 2008; Participation project; Dublin members participate

Central Executive Committee News
Jim Higgins, District 4; Anne Fay, District 16; Emma Dineen, District 12; John Boyle, District 8

Media Report
Poor facilities see schools teaching too little PE; Teachers call for schools forum; Number of small primary classes falls; Walkout threat by shouting teachers; Appeals over primary school places rise 70%; Primary pupils spend less time on PE than EU norm

National News
Improving School Leadership; Number of National Schools by Teacher Size of School 2005/2006

Cumann na mBunscol
Martin Donnelly Interprovincial Series

National News
Céim ar Aghaidh - second edition launched; Follow the Fleet education scheme; Performance management - the facts; Extract from 2016 - Section 31

INTO Education Conference 2007; Mandscape

Twin tracks - curriculum and assessment

Teacher to Teacher
Vision or division?

National News
Education - whose business is it anyway?; Intercultural education; Meet the Spuds; Kilkenny principal wins innovative teacher award; Primary school wins prestigious internet award

Teacher to Teacher
The Polish model; 'God bless us, everyone'; Teachers work hard and are badly rewarded - Teaching Down Under!

Beatha Teanga í a Labhairt; Teaching internet safety; Interested in volunteering overseas?

Seán Molloy; Mary Orohoe; Gemma Kelly