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June 2017

Do you need a religious cert to work in a Church of Ireland School?

Most people know that in order to work in a Catholic school, it is a good advantage to have a certificate in Catholic studies, which is offered by all the colleges in Ireland. While, technically, it is not a requirement to have the certificate to teach in a Catholic school, not having it puts you at a disadvantage. Catholic schools cannot ask you for your religion in an interview but they can ask you if you’ve done the certificate. Read More...

I do not have my registration number yet, what do I include when advertisements ask to include registration numbers?

There are a couple of options. You can put: “pending” or you can put “expected [DATE]” Schools won’t worry too much about this because they know how slow the Teaching Council can be with this. Read More...

What should be included in the content of an email when sending applications online?

Many schools are now offering applicants for positions the ability to email their forms. This can save teachers lots of time, but most importantly, money. It can cost up to €3 to post one application using paper. With paper, one generally sends a cover letter, but with email, what is the etiquette? For me, the email is basically a substitute for a cover letter. While I wouldn’t be as formal in terms of formatting the email, I would definitely use similar wording. Therefore, Read More...

Is your application dismissed if you include more than is asked for on the advertisement?

It’s very important to read advertisements carefully on Education Posts and to send the school exactly what they ask for. When I put an advertisement up online, I get the choose the items I want to accompany the application. Every school that advertises on Education Posts has the same. There are lots of reasons that a panel may dismiss your application: poor spelling, poor grammar, and possibly, adding more than you were asked for. Some panels may view adding extra Read More...

Is it best to use cream / off white paper rather than plain white paper?

When applying for jobs, sometimes it’s the minutia that matters. Before the dawn of standardised application forms, teachers who were looking for jobs would send a cover letter and Curriculum Vitae. In order to get automatically noticed, some teachers would use different coloured or different weighted paper. Some would even handwrite their cover letter to show off their teacher writing. These days, because of the standard application forms, it doesn’t really matter anymore. In fact, many schools now ask teachers not to send Read More...

I’ve lost my driver to my Interactive Whiteboard

Back in the mid-noughties, there were nearly 30 brands of Interactive Whiteboard on the market. Within a few years, most of the companies that sold these boards either went out of business or simply stopped selling these boards. When schools bought these boards, the companies usually came into the school and set them up. This including installing the board’s drivers on to whatever laptop was being used. Laptops generally die after a few years so it’s necessary to replace Read More...

May 2017

Summer Course Guide 2017

Every year, Anseo.net looks at the offerings from the summer course guide and we pick out a number of courses that capture our imagination. With so many independent providers of summer courses these days, it can be difficult to find the course that suits you best. We’re judging courses by their titles so we might miss a few decent ones but see what you think from our list of recommended courses. When you look at the list, you might think that every course Read More...

My projector has broken. Should I replace my Interactive Whiteboard?

Traditionally, Interactive Whiteboards come in two main parts – the board and the projector. The board is usually something that will last a long time but the projector usually needs more maintenance. Bulbs tend to blow every 3-5 years and the filters often need cleaning. Technology, as we know, moves quickly so by the time a projector bulb goes, there’s usually a nicer model of Interactive Whiteboard on the market and the temptation is to go all out and replace the Read More...

Droichead is back but have too many bridges been burned?

Droichead 2.0 arrived today and the INTO almost immediately lifted the directive against cooperation. It’s obvious that the INTO aren’t knee-jerking in their reaction. They have known about this for months. It raises the question about the involvement of the INTO in the Teaching Council. I don’t believe unions have any place in the Teaching Council. They should be outside of the Council and fighting for teachers’ rights from that perspective. Given the timing of the Teaching Council announcement and Read More...

Has any country used Smartphones in primary schools?

In a word, the answer to this question is yes. Smartphones are becoming a highly relevant and useful tool for the primary classroom. With more and more young people owning Smartphones, the concept of BYOD (Bring your own device) is gaining popularity everywhere, including Ireland. Some would argue that schools should be providing children with the hardware to perform whatever tasks they might need to do as it prevents security issues or misuse of technology. For example, if a child brings Read More...