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June 2015

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


Editorial Valuing our teachers What you need to know • Tribute to Dr Michael Moroney, former INTO Treasurer • National Children’s Choir • Election results – INTO Education Committee • 10 things you should know • Letters – INTO survey on teacher stress and workload •Want to work in Head Office? Vacancy for Senior Official • INTO officers’ training Let us know what you think. Draw for €50 voucher for letter writers each month. Keep upto-date via Twitter, website e-newsletter or RSS feed

In the News• New appointments in Head Office • Public v private sector pay • Support for Nepal • Inspection of schools • INTO activist elected chair of ICTU Youth Committee INTO member’s diary on the way to schools • Comhar Linn draw winners • Re-opening of schools – 2015/16 • Garda vetting - new circular issued • INTO visits colleges of education • Information leaflet for new graduates published • An Post/INTO Handwriting Competition winners Membership Plus • Your member benefit programme – check out the latest offers ICT in Schools • INTO submission to Oireachtas Committee on ICT in primary schools.

Tributes • Remembering deceased INTO members Solidarity • Global Campaign for Education • INTO attends Dóchas conference Retirements • Pictures from retirement functions held around the country. School Leadership • Principals’ and Deputy Principals’ Conference 2015 • PDST courses for school leaders Managing your money• Your rights regarding faulty goods From College to Classroom • Interview tips Planning School Building Project? • Checking for asbestos

Understanding your Payslip • PRSI and USC deductions Fixed Term Contracts • Good news for fixed term teachers INTO Learning • Book an INTO face to face or online summer course Cumann na mBunscol • Schools visit Croke Park • Mini Sevens launched Exploding the Myths • NERI lays bare a number of economic myths Awards • Showing Racism the Red Card • Bahraini teachers awarded prize for trade union rights • European award for Blue Star teachers The Teaching Council • Consultation on CPD • Renewing registration • Plus... the DES announces pilot of new model for allocating resource teachers FÍS Film Project Cormac Cahill on how to get involved and make movies

Primary School Athletics 86 years and still evolving and expanding says Anthony O’Flynn New Arts Portal Launched Digital resources of arts and education practice Pursuing the dream Maebh Harrison is studying to become a primary teacher Something old, something new… Fiona Garvey on children’s literature Travel Tips Nancy Cogan has an adventure on the trans-siberian railway Visual Arts Michael O’Reilly on evaluating your own art lessons

SESE Tips School gardening notes for June final article in a series from Paddy Madden. Irish Resources Tips from COGG Reviews Music, history and number ninjas! Noticeboard Upcoming events Comhar Linn Crossword Plus design resources, free school tours and an SPHE resource you can download Scoilnet Panel Plus visit WW1 Exhibition in the National Library and Kilfinane pupils take part in a biodiversity field trip.