Have your voice heard
INTO from ground up organises on democratic principles. Annual Congress is the governing body, INTO ballots members on major decisions, holds elections to key roles, and runs a range of consultative events; e.g. Youth Conference, Principals’/Deputy Principals’ Conference, and Equality Conference.
Pay and Conditions
INTO campaigns for professional salaries and conditions of service. Over challenging years since 2008, INTO won greater security for fixed-term teachers, fought off attempts to raise class sizes generally, and negotiated a start of pay equalisation and restoration.
Joining INTO means you are part of Ireland’s largest and longest-established teachers’ union, representing over 40,000 teachers across the island.
Advice, Support and Legal Backing
Handling thousands of queries and requests for support, we deal with the Department, Teaching Council and Management, providing legal advice/support as necessary. INTO has a strong reputation for representing members, and secured agreements about handling complaints, combating bullying and promoting positive workplaces, plus for NQTs an easing of probation conditions.
Supporting you as a Professional
INTO supports members through CPD programmes, “Teaching Matters” in InTouch, the Irish Teachers’ Journal, annual Education Conference and provision of study bursaries. And INTO leads on education issues through representatives on bodies like the Curriculum Council (NCCA) and the Teaching Council. INTO has in the past year made detailed submissions on issues such as Supporting Pupils with Special Educational Needs, A Digital Strategy for Schools, and Consultation on Education Disadvantage (all on website).
Campaigning on Issues that Matter to You
Member campaigns such as “Room to Bloom” and “Stand up for Primary Education” have secured thousands of additional teaching jobs despite tight budget conditions.
Support networks for LGBT teachers and for Separated Teachers are provided, and INTO has a Global Solidarity Network for teachers interested in global education/union issues.