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InTouch September 2008

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


In The News
Pay talks to resume; Delay on 2.5% payment; Data protection for schools; Two new community national schools to open; Primary enrolments on the up; Revised appointment form; Revision of Rules and Constitution; School Accommodation; Deportation of Great Agbonlahor; Eileen to head up CPSMA

National News
CEC reaffirms class size as priority; Dáil debates class size; Anne called to the bar; INTO Education Committee bye-election

Conditions of Employment

Revised sequence of maternity leave/adoptive leave in respect of teachers; Introduction of Occupational Health Service for teachers; The Employee Assistance Scheme for teachers;

Communications, Principals & Social Inclusion
Specific speech and language impairment in children; INTO meets DES on SNA review

Head Office/Central Executive Committee News
INTO raises over €14,000 for St Luke's; INTO President honoured; New CEC Members: Rosena Jordan, District V, Joe Killeen, District VI; New look for INTO; New INTO membership database; Important dates this term

Legal, Industrial Relations and Equality
Award for member in fixed-term case

Equality Committee comes of age; Partnership rights in new Bill

INTO grants for educational research; INTO Consultative Conference on Education 2008; National Literacy Awareness Week; SDPS and PCSP; Primary teachers researching early childhood education

Media Report
Call to segregate migrants rejected by teachers' union; Schools revert to leaky roofs, blocked drains; Primary pupils bottom of the class for PE time; School service for at-risk children faces cutbacks; Primary schools computing hit three times in one day; 100,000 pupils in crowded classrooms; Hefty bill for under-payment of part-time teachers; Marketing of commercial products through schools

Head Office/Central Executive News

The Benefit Funds Committee (BFC); Q&A Salary protection; Induction for CEC members

National News
Teaching Council 2009

Cumann na mBunscol
Seven decades of service to Kilkenny Cumann na mBunscol; 2008 National Awards; GAA Céim ar Aghaidh/Step Ahead Education Resource Pack

INTO Website and ICT
Level of ICT infrastructure needs to be improved - Inspectors; Unions object to axing of IT posts; Schools in virtual learning project; St Pius X BNS awarded Digital School status

Conditions of Employment
Fancy a pay rise? - Part 2; Teachers' Salary Scales and Allowances

Around the Branches
President honours teachers; President and Brigid Garrity; East Limerick retirement; Ballinasloe's new members' night out; Cork City South; North Kilkenny; Ballinasloe

Teacher to Teacher
An Scrúdú le hAghaidh Cailíochta sa Ghaeilge

INTO Principals' and Deputy Principals' Committee to meet in September; Improving school leadership a priority for national education policies, says OECD; LDS; Cumasú; Newly appointed principal?

Newly Qualified Teachers
First steps on the professional journey as a newly qualified teacher...

Teacher to Teacher
Tanzanian Solidarity Fund Project

National News
Together we play, learn and understand; The framework for early learning; The Ark, a cultural centre for children; Midas conference; Review of teachers' car insurance scheme for INTO members

Teacher to Teacher
Craft-Ed: Creativity in the Classroom; Language support teachers: A rural snapshot; ELSTA to hold national conference; Married women - banned from primary teaching till 1958!; The primary curriculum review, phase 2

Approach book-work through 'cook-work'!; Need an image?

John White; An Appreciation: Dónall Mac Mathúna RIP