Department publishes updated Covid-19 response plan


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


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


The INTO expresses concern for educators and students in Afghanistan


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


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 The INTO will also … Continued

Latest Department report highlights two shameful decades of supersized classes


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


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


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.

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Updated guidance for very high-risk and pregnant staff published


Following the provision of updated HSE guidance, the Department of Education (DE) has today published Information Note 0025/2021, which advises and clarifies the following: The HSE has recently published Education Sector Guidance on Employees in the COVID-19 Higher Risk Categories, including Pregnant Employees. Teachers who consider themselves to be at very high risk of serious illness from … Continued