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April/May 2015

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


Editorial • Standing up for primary education! What you need to know • Twitter@Congress • 10 things you should know • Wellness365 seminars • Letters page • Interested in becoming a district training organiser? • Presidential Dinner 2015 • INTO retirement gifts and certificates In the News • Incoming INTO president and vice  president • Annual Members’ Draw • Teachers travel to India with Global Schoolroom • New CEC representatives • The Economic crisis and global labour challenges • Billy Sheehan appointed as general secretary of RTAI • New appointments in Head Office • Interim report on teacher workload, stress & resilience • Class size in Ireland • Vacancies for assistant general secretaries in Head Office • Health Insurance: Lifetime Community Rating – deadline • Summer Works Scheme • Jamie Wall thanks members for their support • Check out summer courses from INTO Learning In the Media • Recent media coverage Solidarity • Kathryn Gibbons on her time in Uganda

School Leadership • A European dimension • Leadership seminars and summer courses Newly Qualified Teachers • Useful checklist for NQTs Understanding your payslip • Income tax Managing your money • Setting your savings goal Education Cuts • Northern members protest against education cuts Northern Conference • Report from Northern Conference 2015 Cost of teacher stress • Figures supplied to INTO show costs exceed €10m

Congress 2015 • President’s address to Congress • Minister for Education & Skills outlines her vision for education • Northern minister asks unions to work with politicians against austerity • Standing up for education! Sheila Nunan responds to minister • Congress resolutions • Congress pays tribute to Maureen Cronin • Global Citizenship School launched by INTO • Your view of Congress • Snapshots from Congress • INTO honours outgoing general secretary of RTAI • Tom Healy on economics and children’s education

Special Education Conference • Rebuilding special education – three pages of reports from the INTO Special Education Conference • Learning from the evaluation of DEIS – new ESRI research • Cumann na mBunscol Awards 2015 • Go Games launched • Comhar Linn Draw Poets in the news Enda Wyley is elected into Aosdana and Simon Lewis wins Hennessey Emerging Poetry Award ICT Tips PDST on alternative presentation technologies Fit4Skool New online resource promotes fitness and healthy eating Travel Tips Selina Campbell sees stars, surf and snow in Chile Pencil Case Appeal Clowns for Haiti build bridges between Irish and Haitian schools INTO STSG Extending a warm welcome to members since 1988 SESE Tips School gardening notes from Paddy Madden Irish Resources Tips from COGG Reviews Critical thinking, mindfullness and getting in touch with a mystery Noticeboard Upcoming events Comhar Linn Crossword plus Dublin school receives donation of ten iPads. Scoilnet Panel and farm safety for kids