The budget has provided for a reduction in the staffing schedule by one point to 25:1 in primary schools, by providing more than 300 new teaching posts...
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Spectrum.Life, the current Employee Assistance Service provider, will run a series of weekly Wellbeing Live Events for school staff.
The INTO meets with the education stakeholders and the Department of Education on a regular basis to raise the concerns of members and secure additional clarity and resources as required. A brief update on key issues is provided below.
Following the recommendation from NPHET that the country may need to enter Level 5 restrictions, INTO has called for an immediate public health review on the status of schools at this level.
The DES has published Circular 69/20 regarding appeals under section 29 of the Education Act. These new arrangements and procedures take effect from 12 November 2020.
In its weekly engagement with the Department of Education this week, INTO called for all teachers to receive the flu vaccine free of charge to acknowledge their critical role in schools and protect the health of our school communities.
The most recent report based on the OECD's Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) sheds light on what makes a difference to children’s learning.
If the government is committed to keeping schools open, so that parents can continue to work and support the economy, then class sizes need to be reduced.