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Joint statement: Teacher unions condemn failure to protect staff in early pregnancy

25/08/2021

With increasing concern in respect of very high rates of community infection and growing unease about the transmissibility of the delta variant being central to regular public health messages from NPHET, the three teacher unions are alarmed that this small cohort of the school workforce is being sent back to school settings prematurely, prior to getting the opportunity to achieve significant vaccine protection.

Spectrum.Life Principal & Deputy Principal Mental Health Seminars

24/08/2021

Spectrum.Life, the current Employee Assistance Service provider for the Department of Education has partnered with the INTO to deliver a series of seminars to promote Principal and Deputy Principal mental health as members prepare for the new academic year. These seminars are designed to give school leaders practical strategies to enhance their own health and … Continued

Member update – key updates on the reopening of schools

23/08/2021

Over the course of the last month, representatives from the INTO have met regularly with officials in the Department of Education, public health experts, school managerial authorities and sister unions. At a public health briefing last week, heated discussions took place in respect of members in the early stages of their pregnancy and certain cohorts … Continued

Department publishes updated Covid-19 response plan

18/08/2021

The Department of Education has this evening published an updated COVID-19 Response Plan for the safe and sustainable operation of Primary and Special Schools. The plan includes the following documents...

Spectrum.Life Digital Wellbeing Series and Digital Gym

17/08/2021

Earlier this year, Spectrum.Life, the current employee assistance service launched a Digital Wellbeing Series and Digital Gym open to INTO members. The series will be streamed through the Wellbeing Together Online Portal (desktop version). Spectrum.Life’s Digital Wellbeing 4K HD Studio is equipped with the leading live streaming technology to deliver a best-in-class experience for the school community. This month, the Digital Wellbeing Series … Continued

Afghanistan

The INTO expresses concern for educators and students in Afghanistan

17/08/2021

Tuesday, 17 August 2021  In light of the unfolding events in Afghanistan, the INTO expresses its concern for educators and students in the country and for continued equal access to education for all students.  The INTO is committed to cultivating a spirit of fraternal co-operation with kindred organisations and articulates its full support to the … Continued

COVID-19 Leave and Working Arrangements for 2021/22 school year published

11/08/2021

The Department of Education has today (11 August) published Circular 0042/2021, which reiterates the availability of special COVID-19 leave and reconfirms the working arrangements that will apply under specific circumstances during the 2021/2022 school year. Members who need clarification on this Circular are welcome to contact the INTO QueryLine by emailing info@into.ie The INTO will also … Continued

Latest Department report highlights two shameful decades of supersized classes

10/08/2021

The Department of Education’s recently published report, ‘Overview of Education 2000 – 2020’, shows that there has been little change in average primary class sizes over the last 20 years. Since the beginning of the millennium, the average class size has only been reduced by approximately one pupil per class in 20 long years (reducing … Continued

Member update – Preparations for school reopening at advanced stage

09/08/2021

Weekly meetings between education partners, the Department of Education and public health officials will continue throughout August, considering a wide range of issues, including funding for sanitising, PPE, enhanced cleaning and air ventilation monitors. We expect the Department will write to schools this week regarding these matters.  General updates   The INTO has been advised that … Continued

Member update – Recent Developments

21/07/2021

The INTO continues to liaise with Department of Education and relevant authorities on behalf of members during the summer break. The following member update details recent developments.