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January/February 2015

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


Editorial • WSE on the education system • What you need to Know • Congress 2015 • INTO Special Education • Conference for Limerick • New handwriting competition for children • 10 things you should know • Letters page •Tell us what you think and have a chance to win a 50 voucher • Keep up-to-date via website, Twitter, Flickr and YouTube • Wellness365 programme for INTO members and their partners.

INTO News • General secretary on literacy and numeracy • Vacancies in INTO • Early years education advisory group • School placement seminar • Minor Works Grant paid • Take home pay • Pregnancy related sick leave • INTO AVC Plan report • INTO interns and their experience of working in Head Office • Second volume of Irish Teachers’ Journal launched • NCCA Conference on maths • Positions for interns in Head Office • Increments delayed • Courses for principals • INTO members wins discrimination case • Recent media coverage • Solidarity • Two pages of solidarity news • Health Insurance • Arrangements for INTO members • Membership Plus • Benefits and discounts for members • Mary Costello wins Book of the Year Award • Comhar Linn draw winners • TMS 2015 production scheduled for March • Retirements • National assessments – literacy and numeracy • Tributes to deceased members • Vere Foster medal winners • Keeping InTouch INTO News.

Northern News • Education cuts in north • Refurbished Northern Office officially opened • Dates for your diary.

Advice  School Leadership POD, Energy efficiency reporting and seminars for principals • Managing your Money, Planning a wedding? Advice from the Competition & Consumer Protection Commission • Mentoring, whats in it for your school.

Newsdesk •  What’s in it for your school?  • Teaching Council news • Iniuchadh ar an gCumas Datheangach • Niall O’Dowd honoured • FAI primary schools 5s for 2015 • Education news from around the world • Cumann na mBunscol – from the grassroots up • Extract from Seanad debate on ICT.

Teaching Matters •Yoga in the Classroom • Claire Heneghan writes about a new kind of Education • Bain Triail as!, Content and language integrated learning from Siobhan Ni Mhurchu •  FÍS Book Club Encouraging pupils to read – some tips from PDST • Energy, Maeve Liston gives readers some tips on planning the topic in primary science • Teaching Music, Niamh Kelliher investigates perceptions of the non-specialist music teacher • Suffolkation, Mary Finnegan is tempted by Suffolk  •  Detectives Drama, tips from Susan Kennedy-Killian • School Gardening Notes, Paddy Madden continues his series of SESE tips • Irish Resources Tips from COGG. • Book Reviews, Book of the year reviewed • Maths resource for schools.

Finishing Touches • Noticeboard Upcoming events. • Comhar Linn Crossword Plus resources • Scoilnet Panel plus notice of maths conference scheduled for St Patrick’s College.