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March 2015

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


Editorial Progress but further challenges ahead  What you need to know • INTO Congress 2015 • 10 things you should know • Wellness365 seminars • Letter – A wish list for primary education • Join an INTO mailing list  Let us know what you think. Draw for voucher for letter writers each month Keep up to date via Twitter, website e-newsletter or RSS feed  INTO Learning • INTO principals’ seminars
• Plus Comhar Linn draw winners

In the News • Is your salary correct? • HRA grace period for retirement extended • No change to SEN allocation method • INTO/An Post Handwriting Competition • Maintaining links with youth coordinators
• Briefing on NQT meetings • INTO Special Ed Conference • New retention schedule for small schools • Staffing arrangements 2015/16 • Teacher redeployment • Bursary Awards 2015 • Illness leave & PRSI refunds • Respect document launched  Membership Plus • Win a hotel break • Small Schools • Report on small schools • In the Media • Recent media coverage • General secretary calls for a pay rise • Meet Sean McMahon • INTO president talks to InTouch.

INTO Advice • School Leadership • PDC meet INTO Principals’ Fora • Newly Qualified Teachers • Initial Mentor programme • Managing your money • Planning a holiday? • Family Leave entitlement – a cut out and keep resource from the INTO INTO Equality Committee.

Newsdesk • New research study on small schools • Teaching Council news • TASC think tank says Ireland moving closer to US levels of inequality • Wellbeing and mental health promotion guidelines launched • Join Teachers’ Golfing Society • Active School Week April to 1 May • Donate to Jamie Wall Appeal • Brain Awareness Week.

Teaching Matters • Schools’ Collection in a Digital Age Tips from PDST • The New Face of Big Brother • Michelle McBride on smartphones in the classroom • Reclaiming the Yard Paul Knox has some ideas
for promoting play in the school yard • Eyrecourt Examiner Éilis Treacy engages pupils in process writing • Science Tips Maeve Liston on the topic of Materials • The Drawing Box Teachers need to nurture
young artists says Michael O’Reilly • Leabhar do Pháistí Fostering language and listening skills – Claire Heylin • Travel Tips Martina Healy on Malaysia • School Gardening • SESE tips from Paddy Madden • Irish Resources • Tips from COGG • Book Reviews, Cyberbullying, literacy, sweaters and small stuff.

Finishing Touches • Noticeboard • Upcoming events • Comhar Linn Crossword • Plus read about the WWI tour at Glasnevin Cemetery • Scoilnet Panel Resources for schools